Award-Winning Zucchini Bread

Or try this chocolate zucchini bread!

Super moist Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread with a buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, and lots of sweet spices. No wonder this recipe won first place!

I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! This award-winning zucchini bread recipe comes from Mr. Sally’s Baking Addiction himself. He definitely does not know I am calling him that, nor would he approve. He’s not reading, don’t worry.

Kevin is the man who came up with this recipe, bought me these the day they came out, and encouraged the glaze on these … he clearly knows his desserts. When we began dating and he learned about my sweet tooth, he shared this zucchini bread recipe with me.

When he was young, he entered it into the Maryland State Fair and it won 1st place. Knowing this makes me smile because Kevin is snowboarder and biker who sometimes rocks a mohawk and rides a motorcycle… and he likes to bake on the side.

Super moist Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread with a buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, and lots of sweet spices. No wonder this recipe won first place!

If you make one zucchini bread recipe in your life, this has got to be it. It’s beyond simple, makes great leftovers, freezes well, and can easily be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled to make multiple loaves. Use your bounty of zucchini this summer!

There is plenty of room for nuts or chocolate chips in this brown sugared, cinnamon-spiced zucchini bread recipe. I skipped the nuts and added more chocolate chips. And extra streusel. If someone asks, the answer is always extra extra extra streusel.

Even better? Try this recipe as muffins and prepare to have your mind! blown!

Super moist Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Muffins with a buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, and lots of sweet spices. No wonder this recipe won first place!

Super moist Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Muffins with a buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, and lots of sweet spices. No wonder this recipe won first place!

The simple ingredients are all mixed together by hand – that’s right, give your heavy mixer a rest and put your arm muscles to work. When mixing, try to do so with a light hand. Avoid overmixing. I find that mixing too much easily gives this bread a tough texture. Not really what you’re looking for.

This chocolate chip zucchini bread is the moistest bread I’ve ever made. I’m not a fan of dry, bland bread (who is?) and each tender, flavorful slice is a far cry from it. You have all of that wet zucchini, brown sugar, egg, and oil to keep any dry crumbs away. The buttery oat streusel on top will melt down into the bread giving it a rich taste and texture – unlike any other zucchini bread you’ve ever had.

Feel free to skip the chocolate chips, but don’t skip that buttery streusel. Trust me!

Super moist Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread with a buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, and lots of sweet spices. No wonder this recipe won first place!

Not to fret, you can’t taste vegetables. Rather, you taste rich, vanilla, buttery, cinnamon, chocolate chip brown sugar bread. The bread is soft, the oat streusel is aplenty, and the chocolate chips are melty. It’s a classic recipe made even better.

I like the muffins, Kevin prefers the bread. Try with a smear of peanut butter, a dollop of Nutella, with some melted butter, a cold slice or warm from the oven. Any way you try this award-winning recipe, I know you’ll be impressed.

Healthy bonus: I tried swapping half of the oil with applesauce and didn’t notice much of a difference as far as taste and texture goes! However, to avoid a rubbery texture, I would not swap any more than half of the oil for applesauce.

Super moist Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Muffins with a buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, and lots of sweet spices. No wonder this recipe won first place!

No one will realize you’re sneaking veggies into their dessert. 😉

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Award-Winning Zucchini Bread and Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf or 11-12 muffins (can be easily doubled)
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This award-winning zucchini bread gets an upgrade with buttery oat streusel, brown sugar, melty chocolate chips, and lots of sweet flavors like cinnamon and vanilla. No wonder it won first place!


Brown Sugar Oat Streusel

  • 2/3 cups (60g) old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (16g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cold
  • optional: 1 Tablespoon (10g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Zucchini Bread & Muffins

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil*
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium-large)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • optional: 3/4 cup (135g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or use pecans or walnuts)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5 (or 8×4) inch loaf pan. If making muffins, preheat oven to 425°F (218°C) and spray a 12-count pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the streusel first by combining the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the cold butter with two knives or a pasty cutter (preferred) – or you may use your hands. Mix until the streusel resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spoon. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil, zucchini, and vanilla until evenly combined. In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Avoid overmixing.
  4. Spread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake the bread for 20 minutes at 350F degrees. Remove from the oven and top with the streusel – press it down into the top. The reason you are adding it after 20 minutes is to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of the bread as it bakes. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I covered the bread loosely with aluminum foil after 35 total minutes to avoid the top from getting too brown. Allow bread to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before removing from the pan and serving.
  5. If making muffins, fill 11-12 muffin cups all the way to the top. Press the streusel into the tops of each muffin. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C) then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 18-21 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  6. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 5 days.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Make the bread ahead of time by freezing it. Bake it, cool it, wrap it up in aluminum foil and freeze the loaf as a whole. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before slicing and serving. Freezes well up to 3 months. Likewise, freeze the muffins for up to 3 months as well.
  2. Oil: Instead of vegetable oil, you may use canola oil or melted coconut oil. I find the recipe tastes best with vegetable oil. Healthy bonus: I tried swapping half of the oil with applesauce and didn’t notice much of a difference as far as taste and texture goes! However, to avoid a rubbery texture, I would not swap any more than half of the oil for applesauce.

Keywords: zucchini bread, zucchini muffins

Simple Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are my go-to in the summer!
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread-- this is my all-time favorite and it won 1st place!


  1. Sounds like a great recipe! I am the lucky recipient of several of those gargantuan zucchinis that people seem to love to grow, as though they are competing at the state fair. I have read they taste better when cooked to death, as opposed to, say, in a salad. Any experience with using these in a bread recipe like this? I can’t imagine it makes too big of a difference, but I thought I should ask since baking needs to be precise. Thanks! 

      1. Thank you! I made a double batch of the zucchini muffins today and they are so delicious! I added a couple of teaspoons of grated lemon zest (1.5 smallish lemons) and it is wonderful!! The strussel topping makes this one amazing, 

  2. Hi! I love this bread!! I’ve made it a bunch of times. But the last couple times the center ends up collapsing a bit…or a lot. I’m thinking it’s because I’ve opened the oven to put the streusel on top. It doesn’t take away from the amazing taste, but more the overall appearance. I know that recipes don’t always turn out how its pictured, but I’m wondering if there is a trick to it that I’m missing? Thanks!

      1. I think the trick that I’m missing is I’m forgetting to use my head!! Hahaha! It was definitely underbaked! When I used a toothpick to check to see if it was done, I’m thinking that the un-baked batter comes off when it’s pulled through the streusel. I haven’t baked all summer, so I think I’m a little rusty!! I have a batch of your chocolate cupcakes in the oven now for my son’s 1st birthday tomorrow…’s hop’n!! 🙂

      2. I have this problem too. The streusel made the middle collapse and its raw. I baked it an extra 30 min at 350 and it’s still kind of raw and collapsed but now its super dry too. I didn’t change a thing to the recipe. Any ideas? The ends taste amazing but the middle doesn’t.

  3. Sally! I don’t know what happened…everything was going well, they smelled amazing,  the strudel looked great, but after being out the oven for 5 mins,  the strudel topping had kind of caved in, and when I looked inside they were still raw. The only difference to the recipe was I used sunflower oil instead of vegetable (but I did this for the chocolate zucchini bread and it was fine) and my zucchini had been frozen (but I squeezed out as much excess water as I could) I tried putting them back in the oven, but even after another 15mins they still weren’t cooked. They still taste great…just a little raw. Any thoughts?

    1. I really wonder if the zucchini was still a little too wet. I’ve never had this issue, and I always use fresh. It wouldn’t be the oil.

      1. Thanks Sally. I will definitely try it again with fresh zucchini, as it really did taste amazing. I did your crock pot meatballs last night, and they turned out great. Thanks for all your recipes!

  4. I was looking for a simple but yummy zucchini recipe, and I came across this one.  It was a hit in our house, the topping adds a nice touch.  I made a second batch and since I had pears also, I added grated pears and oats in the mix, as opposed to the top, it came out great too!  Thanks for sharing:)

  5. I can answer someone’s question on how to get the bread to come out of the pan properly. I always use Crisco shortnening in the pan. Put on a rubber glove, or use a plastic baggie, or a paper towel. But make sure to rub the inside of pan with the shortnening well and then use a little bit of flour and shake it around (over the sink) haha trust me to get the flour coating all over the shortnening and then you can put your mix in the pan. For muffins, breads, cakes etc. You can not trust Pam anymore to get the job done. They have changed the ingredients in the Bakers Joy also. To my dismay. There has been a lot of trial and error on my part and this works the best. Also, maybe 15 minutes to half hour after bread is done it helps to run a case knife around edges to release it from the pan. If you like to use parchment paper you will need to do the same to it for properly release i think. I hope this helps. By the way Sally, all of your recipes have been a success in my house. My husband calls you the Scone Lady. We made Blueberry with strawberries and white chocolate chips in scones this weekend and it was AMAZING!!! We can make four different batches of scones in two hours. I have gotten rave reviews thanks to you. Better than anywhere ever.

  6. Hi Sally
    I just made a double batch into muffins for my daughter to take to work this evening. I used a combo of walnuts & choc chips in both the streusel & muffin batter. I just had to taste test one & oh my goodness!! Super yum!! Just perfect. I’m so glad I doubled it. There may have been a riot with just a single batch to share

  7. While waiting  for my 2 loaves to start cooling I am reading about the difficulty of removing the bread from the pans. I greased my pans with crisco using a paper towel,
    used a thin knife to scrape around the sides while they are warm and they just popped 
    out whole. I have never had any luck using oil sprays.  I’m in agony waiting for them to cool enough to try a piece!  

  8. Haven’t even finished baking but very disappointed in this recipe, at least for muffins.
    Way too much work for ONLY 8 regular muffins and filling muffin cups all the way, as directed, leaves no room for streusel topping, which then spills all over the pan. Won’t make these again.

    1. If you like the recipe (not sure if you did), just leave some room for the streusel topping next time. Simple fix. Plus, you would get more muffins.

  9. Hi Sally! I just made this zucchini bread and it ended up being in the oven for 65 minutes at 350 and the center is still underbaked. I’ve actually had this problem the last 5 years with most quick breads (not your grapefruit one though!) in 3 different ovens. Do you have any suggestions? I don’t have a problem with muffins either. I have fresh baking soda and baking powder. I measure flour correctly and don’t over stir. I’m wondering if I could try the same trick with your muffins and start at a higher temperature and then lower it? I’m not sure what to try… thanks for any tips! 

    1. That is the strangest thing! Usually I would say the oven should be calibrated, but you’ve baked in several! I suggest lowering the oven rack to the lowest position. The bread will take longer to bake at this level. I always place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely on top of the bread. This prevents the top from getting too brown while the center keeps cooking.

  10. I loved this recipe! I made the muffins with one of the zucchinis from my garden. I put about a tablespoon less of butter for the streusal because it already got crumbly before adding it all. Because I don’t own measuring spoons, I overestimated the baking powder. The muffins spilled out over the cups, got wide and crispy on the top, and the streusal collapsed into the middle. It was a fabulous mistake!

      1. Argh, the center was underbaked at 350 for 65 mins (i use two thermometers to make sure its calibrated)… Could convection be a help? I have an old oven, so convection isnt an option. I squeezed my zucchini (though a little more finely grated than yours appear to be)… The strudel was really oily, and as i wait for it to cool i’m afraid i wont get it out of the pan. What kind of pan do you use? I really wanted to make this work….. Though it seems that people are having more luck with muffins than the loaf… Oh well. Half discouraged to try this recipe again.

  11. I make this loaf all the time, 2 loaves are in the oven right now. I love this recipe and tell others about it when I share my zucchinis with them. Every time I make it, I can’t help but wonder where your husband got the recipe. His Mom or Grandma? Or did a boy actually come up with this delicious recipe on his own? Having a husband and son myself, I can’t imagine them doing such a thing! No offence to the baking males out there:)
    5/5 Stars

  12. Made a double batch of this as muffins last night……… they are divine! Was a little worried when the batter seemed thin. The only difference I made to the recipe was to use pampered chef cinnamon plus instead of the separate cinnamon and nutmeg in the muffin batter. Was a little tough to check doneness thru the struesel and chocolate chips, so they were in at least the 14 minutes if not a minute longer. I worried they’d be dry then, but they are great. 5 positive comments so far at work. A keeper for sure. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  13. This recipe was amaaaazing. People at work and loved ones alike loved it. Followed the recipe to a tee except I used half the oil and replaced with two nice and soft/brown bananas. Worked like a charm, made it a smidge healthier and didn’t change the texture in any noticeable way! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Hey Sally, just wanted to thank you for this awesome recipe. My son, from an early age, has had feeding issues. Our therapist suggested trying zucchini bread, so I came straight here and found this!

    I would estimate, over the last year or so since I started making it for him, I’ve made 40+ loaves. Any time I ask him what he wants to eat, he yells “bread!”

  15. I’ve made these twice now as muffins. They taste awesome! But I have a problem with them not puffing up. Suggestions? I don’t have the same problem with the banana nut muffins I make from your site, and I made sure to pat dry the zucchini (1st time didn’t, this time I did). Made the banana muffins with agave instead of sugar from your site right before without any issue – high temp to puff then lower temp to finish. Just don’t get the puff with this recipe, and they sink and spill over the sides of pan. Thanks for all your great recipes and help!

  16. Hi Sally. I made this cake for my family in England and it was a major hit. You might get fans from this part of the world 🙂

  17. I had my Aunt call me & wanted know when made zucchini do you take seeds out …I don’t know haven’t used it.Well do ya ???? ha,ha, Thanks’

  18. I know this is from a while back, and I’ve made it several times and it is very delicious:) but every time I make it I wonder about this: in the recipe you say to make the strusel first and set it aside. How come you make the strusel first and not while the bread is in the oven for 40+ mins? 

  19. I just ate my second pieco of this DELICIOUS zucchini bread. You are so right, you can leave out the chocolate chips but do NOT leave out the streusal topping . Yesterday I ate it at room temp and enjoyed it . Today I put a slice in the microwave for 10 seconds, put a small bit of butter on , and LOVED it!!! Thanks for sharing Mr. Sally’s secrets!

  20. Found this recipe after you posted your zucchini crumb cake recipe today- made it today and it’s AH-MAZING! You were right, the streusel totally makes it. Thanks for sharing!!

  21. This was the best zucchini bread I’ve ever made! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe! I will definitely be making it again soon and a double batch next time.

  22. This is the first recipe I have made from this site that didn’t work out…after an extra 25 minutes, it is still raw in the middle…and yes, I have an oven thermometer. Also, the streusel is greasy…I made the recipe exactly…any suggestions?

  23. Thank you for this delicious bread recipe!!!!!
    I too had a hard time getting it out of the pan so I just cut it in the pan, problem solved.
    As for checking doneness, I gently moved a little of the strusel and checked with a toothpick then moved it back. It doesn’t harden till its out of oven cooling. I cooked for 5 minutes longer and was fine.
    I loved it!!! Also I ‘m thinking of making a batch of the strusel for snacking with craisins not chocolate chips and maybe adding sliced almonds!!

  24. I have made this muffin/ breadrecipe multiple tomes. After years of trying various recipes, once I found this recipe and made it I have never bothered to look again.
    When I bought into work people always raved about them

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