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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
zucchini bread slices
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. 

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

Other Quick Bread Recipes To Make:


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Zucchini Bread Recipe

4.75 from 12 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 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Servings: 10

Ingredients  

Instructions

  • 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

Notes

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.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡
 

Nutrition

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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47 comments

    • Taryn

    It’s been a while since I had zucchini bread. Your recipes are fab, and this looks and sounds amazing!!

    • cherringtonchatter

    Okay I am totally drooling and need this now! I love the adding of Nutella!

    • maartjevansandwijk

    This sounds so weird but it looks really good! Definitely going to try this!

    • Justyna Butler

    Every time I visit your beautiful blog…..makes me drool!!!! Love this!

    • Karly

    Looks so good!!

    • annick

    can’t begin to imagine the taste or the texture of zucchini as bread I’m so intrigued!

    • presiiicom

    Wow . Thats a first. I usually get my zucchini on the side or make spaghetti with. I can’t wait to try this one, minus the chocolate

    • ChelseaMamma

    I have never heard of zucchini bread before, sounds like it is tasty though

    • Adriana Madonna

    OMG <3 This looks and sounds delicious! I have to try this Zucchini Bread!

    • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl)

    I am so happy I jumped to see the full recipe from your fb page. The bread looks super delicious, I really look forward to making it soon myself.

    • Helen Neale

    Wow, so delicious and easy recipe to make for the kids. I am sure my kids will love it like and will make their favorite.

    • Surekha Busa

    Wow… That looks so yummy, the bread looks so moist and outrageously soft . I’m a big fan of different kinds of bread and pastry and this one just looks so amazing..

    • kumamonjeng

    What an interesting combination for bread. I have never tried using zucchini for bread and never tasted one too. Glad you have added in this healhty ingredient into this recipe. I really wanted to find out the end result and how it’s taste like.

    • Alexandra @ It’s Not Complicated Recipes

    I have never tried Zucchini bread – I am very curious to give it a go. Thanks for sharing this delicious sounding recipe.

    • Adriana

    You had me at nutella !! LOL. I cant wait to make this. it sounds so easy to make and so worth the wait for making it

    • Kylie

    I’ve never tried zucchini bread but this sounds absolutely sensational! I can’t wait to try it!

    • sincerelymissj

    I’m such a believer and lover of zucchini breads and muffins! And this recipe looks so easy and delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      I’m a total believer of turning zucchini into treats, too! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I find it so weird that I have still YET TO MAKE ZUCCHINI BREAD!

      • chewoutloud

      Once you try it, you may never go back 😉

    • ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb)

    Yum, yum, yum! I’m definitely going to try this!

    • Amanda Yorton

    I love zucchini bread! So yummy! I will definitely try this recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      It really is yummy! Thanks for coming over, Amanda 🙂

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