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Zucchini Bread (Higher than Ever!)


This can be a household favourite recipe for do-it-yourself zucchini bread. One slice and also you’ll style why! It’s made with brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, cozy cinnamon spice, and summer season’s favourite vegetable. See my recipe notice for turning this batter into zucchini muffins.

sliced loaf of zucchini bread on wooden cutting board

Comes from An Award-Profitable Zucchini Bread Recipe

This zucchini bread recipe is very barely tailored from an award-winning household recipe. My husband grew up making this zucchini bread together with his household, who entered it into the Maryland State Honest. And guess what? IT WON. a recipe is nice if it’s profitable state awards, proper?

Now barely scaled as much as yield a taller 9×5 inch loaf (extra zucchini, 1 further egg, and a contact of applesauce for moisture), the short bread is best than ever and able to place 1st in your personal kitchens too!

Right here’s Why You’ll Love It:

  • Batter comes collectively in lower than 5 minutes
  • Additional moist and flavorful
  • Sneaks in veggies
  • Can simply be doubled
  • Welcomes add-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or blueberries
  • Makes nice muffins (see beneath)
  • Freezes superbly

A newbie baker can simply grasp this fast bread and it’s an exquisite recipe you probably have keen younger bakers prepared to assist!

3 zucchini bread slices on blue floral plate

Why Bake with Zucchini?

Zucchini is one in all my favourite substances for baking and I’ve numerous revealed recipes utilizing this summer season vegetable. We use a complete zucchini in my more healthy greek yogurt zucchini bread and also you’ll discover a whopping 3 cups of it in my chocolate zucchini cake (you’ll be able to’t style it!).

It sounds odd to bake with a vegetable, however right here’s why it is best to use it in your baking:

  1. There are solely so many zucchini facet dishes to make (taking a look at you, zucchini fritters). Zucchini is plentiful in the summertime months, and it’s enjoyable to include this vegetable when baking, too.
  2. Zucchini provides flavorless moisture. We’re speaking pure moisture with zero savory vegetable taste. I don’t suppose I’d bake a cake with a inexperienced vegetable if I might style it. You bake carrot cake, proper? It’s scrumptious, proper? Effectively zucchini is even higher! It’s actually a magical ingredient in your baked items and this contains zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, too!

Seize These Substances

One new addition is the applesauce. This, together with the oil, retains the bread moist. You should use bitter cream, Greek yogurt, or mashed banana as a substitute if wanted. All you’re doing is whisking the dry and moist substances collectively individually, after which combining all the things.

image showing ingredients including bowl of flour, baking powder, and baking soda plus eggs, oil, and zucchini

Success Tip: Shredding Zucchini

At this time’s zucchini bread comes collectively in simply 5 minutes with easy kitchen instruments together with a pair bowls, a whisk, and a 9×5 inch loaf pan. You additionally want a grater to shred the zucchini. In case you’re on the lookout for suggestions, I personal and love this field grater as a result of it’s straightforward to make use of, grates rapidly, and has held up nicely with common use.

  • How a lot zucchini do I want? Zucchini can range in dimension, however 2 medium zucchinis are a lot for this recipe. You want 1 and 1/2 cups shredded, which is about 165g.
  • Do I have to peel the zucchini first? You may in case you’d like, however I by no means do. There’s no style or texture variance both manner, however you’ll undoubtedly have extra flecks of inexperienced all through the loaf in case you maintain the peel on. Fairly!

You do not want to blot the zucchini dry earlier than utilizing within the batter. (You need that moisture!)

shredded zucchini with box grater

Anticipate a thick batter:

zucchini bread batter in glass bowl and in loaf pan
baked zucchini bread in 9x5 inch metal loaf pan

What Does This Zucchini Bread Style Like?

Zucchini is sort of a chameleon and takes on the flavour of no matter’s close by. Have you ever ever tried this peanut rooster zucchini noodles dish? The zucchini is mainly a car for the delectable savory peanut sauce.

At this time’s zucchini bread contains cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and brown sugar so anticipate numerous cozy, comforting, candy flavors. When it comes to texture, it’s not fairly as dense as banana bread however not as mild as white cake both. It’s mushy and moist and really jogs my memory of apple cinnamon bread, which is a favourite through the fall months.

And let’s not neglect optionally available add-ins like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, and even blueberries. Some readers have turned it into dessert with vanilla icing or cream cheese frosting (I’d halve the cream cheese frosting recipe). Truthfully, this fast bread welcomes a bounty of tasty extras!

sliced loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread

Can I Scale back the Sugar or Oil in Zucchini Bread?

One widespread query my crew and I obtain is about decreasing the sugar and/or oil in fast bread recipes, together with this one. You may completely barely scale back both or each, however perceive that sugar and oil assist produce a moist, tender loaf and the outcomes could also be disappointing. For the oil, be at liberty to swap *some* for extra applesauce. Or for a more healthy possibility with none refined sugar, chances are you’ll get pleasure from this Greek yogurt zucchini bread as an alternative!


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This zucchini bread recipe yields 1 9×5 inch loaf. With brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and slightly applesauce for added moisture, the short bread is flavorful, moist, and a good way to make use of summer season’s favourite vegetable!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. See notes for muffins.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg collectively in a big bowl till completely mixed. Put aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, applesauce, and vanilla collectively till mixed. Whisk within the zucchini. Pour the moist substances into the dry substances. Gently whisk till *simply* mixed; don’t overmix. Fold in any optionally available add-ins like chocolate chips or nuts. Batter is barely thick.
  3. Unfold the batter evenly into ready loaf pan. Bake for 55-70 minutes. (I prefer to loosely cowl the bread with aluminum foil midway by means of to forestall heavy browning on prime.) Baking instances range so control yours. The bread is finished when a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out *principally* clear with zero uncooked batter. Take away the bread from the oven and set on a wire rack. Permit to chill utterly earlier than slicing.
  4. Cowl and retailer leftover bread at room temperature for as much as 3-4 days or within the fridge for as much as 1 week.


  1. Make Forward Directions: Make the bread forward of time by freezing it. Bake it, cool it, wrap it up in aluminum foil and freeze the loaf as a complete. Permit to thaw in a single day within the fridge and convey to room temperature earlier than slicing and serving. Freezes nicely as much as 3 months.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Field Grater, Glass Mixing Bowls, Loaf Pan
  3. Replace in 2022: Primarily based on reader suggestions and some disappointing loaves in my very own kitchen not too long ago, I revised 2 substances in Might 2022 (egg & zucchini) so the batter yields extra for a taller loaf and there’s extra moisture. I additionally added 1/4 cup of applesauce for added moisture, as you’ll be able to see within the recipe. Rave critiques from style testers. The unique recipe used 1 egg and 1 cup of zucchini with no applesauce.
  4. Can I scale back the sugar or oil? You may completely barely scale back both or each, however perceive that sugar and oil assist produce a moist, tender loaf and the outcomes could also be disappointing. For the oil, be at liberty to swap *some* for extra applesauce. Or for a more healthy possibility with none refined sugar, chances are you’ll get pleasure from this Greek yogurt zucchini bread as an alternative.
  5. Muffins: Grease a 12-count muffin pan or line with liners. Put together batter in step 2. Spoon the batter evenly into every liner, filling every all the way in which to the highest. Bake the muffins for five minutes at 425°F (218°C) then, preserving the muffins within the oven, scale back the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for a further 13-16 minutes or till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear. The whole time these muffins take within the oven is about 18-21 minutes, give or take. Permit the muffins to chill for five minutes within the muffin pan, then switch to a wire rack to proceed cooling. Yields 1 dozen.

slices of zucchini bread on a teal plate




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