Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Greek yogurt zucchini bread is a lighter alternative to classic zucchini bread, thanks to a handful of wholesome ingredients that pack a flavorful punch. Made with agave, coconut oil, Greek yogurt, and fresh zucchini, this will be your new favorite summertime snack. To make this bread into muffins, see my note below the recipe.

sliced loaf of Greek yogurt zucchini bread

Today’s Greek yogurt zucchini bread is a variation of my classic zucchini bread recipe. We’ll make a couple ingredient swaps and substitutions, but it’s just as moist (if not more so!) and flavorful as the original. This anytime bread is welcome on the breakfast table or as a totally delicious snack. Topped with peanut butter or Nutella and it certainly counts as dessert. That’s why I love zucchini bread so much in the first place– it’s acceptable all day long.

Let’s get started!

slices of Greek yogurt zucchini bread with butter spread on top

This Is Lightened-Up Zucchini Bread

Made with wholesome ingredients, Greek yogurt zucchini bread is a lightened-up quick bread recipe with the same delicious flavor you expect from traditional zucchini bread.

To sweeten the bread, we use agave instead of granulated sugar, though honey or maple syrup also work. Instead of butter, we’ll use melted coconut oil. For added fat, we’ll incorporate protein-packed Greek yogurt– which also makes the crumb super moist. Moisture is usually sacrificed when fat (the oil) is reduced, but not when using Greek yogurt. Plain and simple, this lighter zucchini bread is wonderful to have around when you want something a little sweet that’s not dripping with oil or overloaded with sugar. And there’s vegetables sneakily hiding inside!

ingredients for Greek yogurt zucchini bread

Overview: How to Make Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Like all quick bread recipes, today’s zucchini bread comes together easily. You only need a couple bowls– no mixer required.

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients together. This includes the oil, agave, egg, yogurt, and vanilla extract.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Fold in the zucchini, orange zest, and walnuts.
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.

Greek yogurt zucchini bread batter in a glass bowl

To Sum Up

This Greek yogurt zucchini bread is:

  • Super soft and moist
  • Simple and straightforward
  • Flavored with orange, cinnamon, and vanilla
  • Packed with wholesome ingredients
  • A healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert
  • Ready in an hour
  • Freezer-friendly

slices of Greek yogurt zucchini bread on a cooling rack

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slices of Greek yogurt zucchini bread

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours (includes cooling)
  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy, healthy, and wholesome Greek yogurt zucchini bread will be your new favorite recipe for this classic quick bread!


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (80ml) canola, vegetable, or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) organic blue agave
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (121g) plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature*
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium-large)*
  • optional: 2 teaspoons orange zest (so good!)
  • optional: 3/4 cup (95g) chopped walnuts, (115g) raisins, or (135g) chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Whisk the oil, agave, egg, yogurt, and vanilla together in a medium bowl until combined. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Avoid overmixing. Fold in the zucchini, orange zest, and walnuts.
  3. Spread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the top of the bread is browning too quickly in the oven, loosely cover it with aluminum foil.
  4. Remove the bread from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Bread freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  2. Muffins: Prepare batter as instructed. Grease a 12-count muffin pan or use liners. Fill with batter all the way to the top. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C) then, keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and continue to bake for an additional 13-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before serving. Makes about 10-12 muffins.
  3. Yogurt: I use plain nonfat Greek yogurt. You can use low fat or full fat instead. Vanilla or honey flavors would work wonderfully here!
  4. Zucchini: If your zucchini is extra wet, give it a few blots before adding to the batter.
  5. Adapted from zucchini bread.

Keywords: healthy zucchini bread, zucchini bread

slices of Greek yogurt zucchini bread

284 Comments

  1. Christina Lublin says:

    I love this recipe! I’m vegan so I substituted with a flax egg and almond milk yogurt. Delicious! I’ll admit I’m not a great baker but I’ve had great success with your recipes. Your banana bread is the best I’ve ever had. I’m moving on to your soup recipes, if they’re as good as the muffins and breads, I’ll be very happy! Thanks!

  2. Can’t get this recipe to work for me, tried it twice and followed it to a t. Has a good taste though. Never seems to be through cooked even after 50 minutes in the oven plus a few more. Perhaps in an 8×8 it would cook better. 3rd times the try in the future perhaps

    1. Same! Dark brown on the top and not cooked. Maybe zucchini was too moist?

  3. Ashleigh Mitchell says:

    Was curious if you could substitute the agave for something?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ashleigh, absolutely. You can replace the agave with honey or even regular sugar. Hope this helps!

  4. Delicious! So moist and flavorful. I used Vanilla Greek yogurt so I reduced the vanilla extract by half. I added the walnuts too. This is my new favorite recipe! I have a lot of zucchini so I’m making more to freeze for later when I have company.

  5. I’ve made this recipe once or twice before and I love it!!

    I was wondering if it would work to add chunks of apple instead of raisins or nuts? I usually always do chocolate chips, but my husband isn’t a fan when I do that, and we can’t do nuts or raisins.

    Thank you in advance! ☺️
    -Alyssa

    1. Hi Alyssa, so glad to read you enjoy this bread. You can definitely use chopped apple instead of nuts or raisins. Feel free to peel it or leave the peel on, your choice.

      1. I tried it this afternoon and it worked well. Apparently it’s his new favourite! Thank you!!
        -Alyssa

  6. What are the nutritional facts? Calories per what amount?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Amelia! We don’t usually include nutrition information as it can vary between different brands of the same ingredients. Plus, many recipes have ingredient substitutions or optional ingredients listed. However, there are many handy online calculators where you can plug in and customize your exact ingredients/brands. Readers have found this one especially helpful: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  7. I have made this so many times and it always comes out! I typically have to bake this for an extra 5-10 minutes but that’s not a problem at all. I follow the recipe exactly as it states and I add in chocolate chips. I have tried it with the orange zest but I wasn’t the biggest fan.

    This is a delicious zucchini bread recipe, definitely worth a try! Multiple tries! It will become your go to recipe. Thank you, Sally!

  8. Are you supposed to drain the zucchini of excess moisture?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Michelle! If your zucchini is extra wet, just give it a few blots before adding to the batter.

  9. I made my first ever Zucchini Bread with this recipe like an hour ago…so DELICIOUS. Made my husband a believer. Hopefully my toddler will eat it tomorrow because veggies, right?! Now I’m making a second to freeze for next week!!! this one with walnuts and chocolate chips on top. Thank you so much for this recipe! Has anyone ever tried it with gluten free flours? also…how are you supposed to freeze bread…hmmm….

    oh I did sub regular granulated sugar in the first bread and the second one i used coconut palm sugar which added some really nice color to the bread.

  10. Oh my God…This recipe is soooo good. I used whole-wheat flour and maple syrup and this bread was half fine before it cooled down. My lil ones and hubby lovedddd it. It’s perfect for breakfast bread too.

  11. This bread looks amazing! Is it still going to work if I reduce the agave/honey a bit, so I can get a more neutral bread instead of sweet?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Elena! We haven’t tested it, but you should be able to reduce the sweetener to 1/4 – 1/3 cup without issue.

  12. Can this recipe be prepared with chopped zucchini versus shredded?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Lori! Shredded zucchini is necessary for this recipe, it adds flavorless moisture.

      1. Thank you. I was curious because I don’t have efficient way to shred the zucchini and I had seen another recipe that used chopped zucchini and chopped apples.

      2. Just curious what is the moisture level difference between shredded zucchini versus chopped?

  13. Katie Elias says:

    Hi. Can we sub whole wheat flour for the all purpose? Thank you

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Katie, You can substitute the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. The bread will taste a bit heavier with the heavier flour, though

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