Who has an abundance of zucchinis growing in their garden? Here’s the perfect recipe to use those fresh garden zucchinis! Every time I make this recipe for someone they are pleasantly surprised at how much they love this bread (and surprised that it’s made with zucchinis!).
My garden this year is starting to overflow with an abundance of beautiful veggies and herbs. I have pots full of herbs and lettuce, tall vines and bushes of tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, and zucchini. The zucchini plant, in particular, is huge and is creeping in two different directions, towards my neighbour’s property and across my lawn. And like any zucchini plant I’ve ever had the amount of zucchinis is hard to keep up with.
So when I have a garden overflowing with food I just have to come up with a way to deal with all of the extras. You can only give so much away before people have had enough of your zucchinis ;). I’m not sure but I think my friends will appreciate receiving this yummy zucchini bread rather than being presented/gifted with another foot long zuc!
The brown sugar gives richness to this zucchini bread and helps balance it from savoury to sweet. You’ll find the bread super moist from the zucchinis as they hold a lot of extra moisture in them.
- All-purpose flour
- Brown sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Baking powder & baking soda
- Ground cinnamon
Zucchini Bread Variation
You can easily add a little pizazz to your bread by adding your favourite additions. I added walnuts to mine but you can switch them out for whatever you please. Here’s a list for some inspiration.
- Chocolate Chips
- Orange Zest
- Lemon Zest
- Add a Glaze or Icing
This zucchini bread is a simple and easy recipe that makes up a moist, nutty flavoured bread; perfect for a morning snack!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 1 loaf 1x
- Category: Bread
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups packed grated zucchini (about 1 large zucchini or 2 small ones)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, salt and chopped walnuts, and set aside.
- In a separate bowl mix together, grated zucchini, melted butter, milk, and eggs.
- Add your wet ingredients to your dry and lightly mix until just combined (do not overmix).
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in the centre of the oven for approx. 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Let loaf cool in pan for another 15 mins.
Add chocolate chips, orange zest, lemon or icing for extra pizazz!
Bread freezes well, when stored in an airtight container.
- Serving Size: 1 serving of 12
- Calories: 259
- Sugar: 8.9g
- Sodium: 229mg
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 5.6g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26.6g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Protein: 6.2g
- Cholesterol: 48mg
Keywords: Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Loaf, Snack, Breakfast, Quick Bread
The best way to tell if your zucchini bread is done is by sticking a toothpick into the centre of the bread. If it comes out clean then the bread is done. If the batter is still clinging to the toothpick it needs to go back in the oven. Zucchini bread can differ in bake time as not all zucchinis have the same moisture level.
This depends on how juicy your zucchinis are. Some recipes will specify to use a cheesecloth and squeeze out extra water from the zucchinis and some pass right by it. I like to leave the extra water as it creates more moisture within the bread. But if the zucchinis are really wet a little squeeze can’t hurt.
Yes, zucchini bread freezes well. Place the bread in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic and place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Let bread come to room temperature before serving or reheat individual slices in the microwave.
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Amazing texture!! I’m usually a fan of banana bread but wanted to give zucchini bread a try. It was super soft lasted only 2 days!
I was given some zucchini’s from my pa from his garden and since my boyfriend doesn’t like the texture of cooked zucchini I figured I’d try to hide it in zucchini bread. It worked! He liked it, but instead of nuts I put in chocolate chips. The very centre of it was kind of doughy still (my oven is a hard perfect baking) I would 100% use this recipe again but I would maybe try a lower temp at longer time to make sure the centre was done enough.
Haha, love how you sneaked that by your boyfriend Alexandra! I’d recommend keeping the temperature the same, just add on more baking time to get that centre cooked all the way through (the zucchini adds a lot of moisture). If you stick a toothpick in the middle of the bread and it comes out clean than your bread is done, if it’s sticky than you need to bake it a little longer. Also if you are having troubles with your oven temperature you can buy a temperature reader/gauge that goes in the oven to check if the temperatures are correct.
Great to hear Alexandra! It’s definitely a great change up from the classic banana bread 🙂