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Moist Zucchini Bread

This tried-and-true Zucchini Bread Recipe is guaranteed to be tender and flavorful. Perfect for breakfast, this zucchini bread can be made the night before.

zucchini bread slices
This zucchini bread is extra tender, thanks to an ample amount of zucchini

The best Zucchini Bread

Last year, we thought we’d up our game by planting two baby zucchini plants in our little garden. We were shocked when our two humble plants rapidly morphed into unstoppable zucchini growing machines that took over the entire garden. Our largest squash was half the size of a 4th grader and well beyond eating. We’re clearly not farmers.

Nobody complained about the mountain of zucchini bread recipes we tested that summer.. After we were up to our necks in zucchini bread, one consistently emerged as everyone’s favorite zucchini bread in all the world.

This winning zucchini bread yields an ultra moist crumb and incredible flavor. With just 10 ingredients and plenty of fresh zucchini, it’s not only easy but makes smart use of fresh summer squash. Even the pickiest of kids will be inhaling your fresh zucchini bread.

How to make amazingly Moist zucchini bread

  • We use plenty of fresh zucchini; about 3 medium-small zucchini.
  • Using a fine grater, grate the fresh zucchini and press out all excess moisture so the texture comes out perfectly
  • Use melted coconut oil, which helps the bread come out moist and soft
  • Two teaspoons of ground cinnamon provide an amazing aroma
  • Use an equal amount of baking soda and baking powder, resulting in an extra-tender crumb with nice rise
  • Pure vanilla extract imparts a wonderful aroma to zucchini bread
  • A half teaspoon of salt gives so much flavor to any quick bread

What You’ll Like About this zucchini bread recipe:

  • You get to use 3 whole zucchinis in one loaf of bread
  • Nobody minds that there’s veggies in their breakfast, as they reach for seconds
  • Even kids love this zucchini bread. Tried and true.
  • This zucchini bread can be completely made the night before and served the next morning
  • It’s ultra tender, moist, and flavorful
  • It uses coconut oil and less sugar than most zucchini bread recipes
  • Leftovers (if you’re lucky to have any) taste amazing
  • This zucchini bread freezes incredibly well
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Zucchini bread is amazing for breakfast or for a satisfying snack

Questions ANd answers for Zucchini Bread

When making zucchini bread, do you have to remove the seeds?

Happily, you do not have to remove any seeds, as long as your squash is small-medium in size, indicating that it’s a young squash. Once you finely shred the fresh zucchini, it “melts” right into the baked bread.

Why does my zucchini bread fall in the middle after cooling?

This can be due to under-baking, or it may have to do with mixing the ingredients too quickly/vigorously during the batter stage. Try mixing more gently, using rubber spatula to fold wet/dry ingredients without over-mixing. 

Why does my zucchini bread come out dry?

This is usually due to either not measuring ingredients carefully or over-baking the bread. Be sure to bake until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out with just a few tiny, tender crumbs attached. 

Why does my zucchini bread not rise well?

A common culprit is baking soda and baking powder that has been sitting in the pantry too long. Be sure yours are fresh. 

Is zucchini bread healthy?

It’s easy to make zucchini bread healthier than most other sweet treats. Our zucchini bread is healthyish, utilizing less sugar than many recipes, and using coconut oil instead of butter. We use 3 whole, fresh zucchinis per loaf. You can also sub out half of the white flour for whole wheat. 

zucchini bread slices
This zucchini bread can be made in advance and stays moist.

Other Quick Bread Recipes To Make:

Try this fan-favorite banana bread, Too:

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Zucchini Bread Recipe

4.65 from 14 ratings
This is our favorite tried-and-true Zucchini Bread Recipe that's guaranteed to be tender, moist, and flavorful. Perfect for breakfast, this zucchini bread can be made the night before. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Amy Dong



  • Preheat: Preheat oven to 350F with oven rack on lower middle position. Grease and flour a 9×4 inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  • Whisk: In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and oil.
    lemon zucchini bread ingredients
  • 3. Drain: Place shredded zucchini in a fine mesh colander and press out all excess moisture (I use a spatula to firmly press.) Add zucchini to the egg mixture and stir until well combined.
  • 4. Whisk: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder until well combined.
    zucchini bread dry ingredients with whisk in bowl
  • 5. Fold: Using a rubber spatula, gently fold wet mixture with dry mixture just until no white flour streaks remain; do not over work the batter. Use rubber spatula to transfer batter evenly into greased/floured pan.
    lemon zucchini bread dry and wet ingredients in bowl
  • 6. Bake: Bake 45-55 minutes uncovered, or just until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean, with a few tiny, tender crumbs attached. Let bread cool in pan on wire rack. Gently loosen with a sharp knife and remove bread from pan. Once bread has cooled to room temperature, slice and serve.
    zucchini bread baked in loaf pan


Bread can be made the night before and cooled at room temp overnight. This bread also freezes well; wrap airtight and freeze for up to several weeks.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.5g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Cholesterol: 18.6mg | Sodium: 187.5mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 13.5g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Bake

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