Zucchini Bread

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A delicious, easy-to-make, moist zucchini bread recipe, with freshly grated zucchini, cinnamon, nutmeg, and optional walnuts and dried cranberries or raisins.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I still remember the first time I encountered zucchini bread as a teenager. I had a hard time getting my mind around the concept. At the time, zucchini was something my mom made me eat, and not anything you would bake into something sweet.

Fortunately, the pathway into my naturally resistant-to-new-foods teenage mind had already been cut with carrot cake. Heck, if you could get something that good out of carrots, why not zucchini?

After one bite, I was sold forever. Grated zucchini, mixed into the batter, brings moisture and tender texture to what is essentially a spice cake.

Zucchini Bread

Here is a favorite, tried-and-true zucchini bread recipe. It couldn’t be easier; you don’t need a mixer! It’s basically our zucchini muffin recipe in a bread form.

By the way, I used to also show a second recipe on this page for a version with crushed pineapple. You can now find that recipe on a different page here: Zucchini Bread with Pineapple.

Zucchini Bread

Updated from the recipe archive, first posted 2008!

Zucchini Bread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 loaves

Right after you grate the zucchini, place the grated zucchini in a sieve over a bowl to drain any excess moisture while you prep the other ingredients.

You can use anywhere from 3 cups to 4 cups of freshly grated zucchini for this recipe. 4 cups will yield a slightly more dense, moist zucchini bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons butter for greasing the pans
  • 3 to 4 cups grated fresh zucchini (700 to 900 ml)
  • 3 cups (390 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cup (270 g) sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 3/4 cup (170 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup  (100 g) chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup (120 g) dried cranberries or raisins (optional)

Method

1 Preheat oven, prepare loaf pans, drain zucchini of excess moisture: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter two 5 by 9 inch loaf pans. Place the grated zucchini in a sieve or colander over a bowl to drain any excess moisture.

2 Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices: In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and ground nutmeg.

3 Whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, zucchini, butter: In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt (omit salt if using salted butter). Stir in the drained grated zucchini and then the melted butter.

4 Add dry ingredients to wet: Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, to the sugar egg zucchini mixture, stirring after each incorporation. Fold in the nuts and dried cranberries or raisins if using.

5 Put batter into loaf pans and bake: Divide the batter equally between the loaf pans. Bake for 50 minutes at 350°F (175°C) or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Carol

    Tastiest recipe!
    I did substitute cloves for the ginger, used Truvia instead of sugar, and cut out the butter to coat the pans (used cooking spray instead).
    Easy to mix in my Kitchenaid, baked up wonderfully, and the taste is heavenly. Moist, a bit of a kick from the cloves/nutmeg/cinnamon, and delicious. Definitely a keeper!

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  • Susan Schomburg

    Just made this recipe. I made both bread nd muffins. It’s very moist and quite good. I made the bread with craisins and the muffins with raisins and they both turned out well. I do think that I will use a little more cinnamon and nutmeg next time just because I like stronger flavors but I is definitely a recipe, I’ll use again.

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  • Danielle Schilling

    Perfection! I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour (texture and flavor were still great!).I also added the (optional) 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. This was a great use for zucchinis from our garden! Thank you.

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  • Vinyljunkee

    Excellent flavor and moisture. I, too, have a question about the baking soda and powder. I used 2, 8.5 x4.5 inch loaf pans. I also used 4 cups of zucchini.

    The bread only rose to about 1/2 the depth of the loaf pan. I think the baking soda and powder were fine as I have used them recently with no problem, and I did bake the bread right away. Is this what you typically expect? If so, any thoughts on making them deeper……maybe scale the recipe perhaps or adding more of the baking powder? Thank you,

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  • Barbara Magnotta

    There was a question on one the comments about using baking soda or baking powder. The recipe I downloaded says 1 tsp each of baking soda and baking powder. Is this correcgt?

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