Zucchini Bread

This is my family’s favorite recipe for homemade zucchini bread. Once slice and you’ll taste why! It’s made with brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, cozy cinnamon spice, and summer’s favorite vegetable. See my recipe note for turning this batter into zucchini muffins.

slices of zucchini bread

Bringing this zucchini bread with brown sugar streusel to life again because it’s the best zucchini bread. And because it makes the best zucchini muffins, too. A two-in-one recipe that you’ll always want in your back pocket.

zucchini bread muffins with chocolate chips

Award-Winning Zucchini Bread

This zucchini bread is a family recipe. My husband grew up making this zucchini bread with his family, who entered it into the Maryland State Fair. And guess what? IT WON. You know a recipe is good if it’s winning state awards, right? It’s the only zucchini bread recipe we make.

Here’s why you’ll love it, too:

  • Comes together in less than 5 minutes
  • Extra moist and flavorful
  • Sneaks in veggies
  • Can easily be doubled or tripled
  • Makes great muffins (see below)
  • Freezes beautifully

shredded zucchini on a white cutting board

Overview: How to Make Zucchini Bread

Today’s zucchini bread comes together in just 5 minutes with simple kitchen tools– a couple of bowls and a whisk. You do, however, need a grater to shred the zucchini. (I own and love this box grater— works quickly!)

  1. Shred and lightly blot the zucchini.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients together, including the zucchini.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together.
  5. Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake.
  7. Slice & enjoy.

Here’s a quick video showing you exactly how to make zucchini bread.

2 images of wet and dry ingredients in bowls and zucchini bread batter in a pink bowl

Why Bake with Zucchini?

Zucchini is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with, and you’ll find many zucchini recipes on Sally’s Baking Addiction. We use an entire zucchini in my healthier greek yogurt zucchini bread and you’ll find a whopping 3 cups of it in my chocolate zucchini cake (you can’t taste it!). Here’s why I love baking with zucchini:

  1. There are only so many zucchini side dishes to make (looking at you, zucchini fritters). Zucchini is abundant in the summer months, and it’s fun to incorporate this vegetable when baking, too.
  2. Zucchini adds flavorless moisture– pure moisture with zero vegetable flavor. I wouldn’t bake a cake with a green vegetable if I could taste it. You bake carrot cake, right? It’s delicious, right? Well zucchini is even better. It’s truly a magical ingredient in your baked goods and this includes zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, too!

zucchini bread in a loaf pan after baking

zucchini bread

What Does This Zucchini Bread Taste Like?

Zucchini bread tastes like the combination of spices you add to the batter. This zucchini bread, however, also tastes like vanilla and brown sugar. Brown sugar is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with– like zucchini, it adds wonderful moisture and also a touch of sweet molasses flavor. Additionally, you’ll taste cozy cinnamon spice and a little pinch of nutmeg. In terms of texture, it’s not quite as dense as banana bread but not as light as vanilla cake. It’s soft and moist and reminds me of this apple cinnamon bread.

And let’s not forget the chocolate chips. If chocolate isn’t your thing, try adding raisins or nuts (or both!) instead. And, again, here it is with brown sugar streusel on top. And I know you’ll love it with a cheesecake-style filling, too: cream cheese zucchini muffins.

zucchini bread batter in muffin pan before baking

chocolate chip zucchini bread muffins

How to Make Zucchini Bread Muffins

Today’s zucchini bread batter makes great zucchini bread muffins, too!

Make the batter as instructed– instead of pouring it into a loaf pan, spoon the batter into a prepared muffin pan filling each well all the way to the top. For tall muffin tops, bake the muffins 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.

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slices of zucchini bread

Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf or 12 muffins
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

An award winning recipe for zucchini bread + zucchini bread muffins. Filled with brown sugar and cinnamon, you can’t taste the zucchini!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • optional: 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped nuts, raisins, etc)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5 (or 8×4) inch loaf pan. See notes for muffins.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla, and zucchini together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Gently whisk until *just* combined; do not overmix. Batter will be semi-thick.
  3. Spread the batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45 – 55 minutes. (I like to loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil halfway through to prevent heavy browning on top.) Baking times vary so keep an eye on yours. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out *mostly* clean with zero raw batter. Remove the bread from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  4. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead 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.
  2. Special Tools (affiliate links): Glass Mixing Bowls, Rainbow Whisks, Loaf Pan, Parchment Muffin Liners, and Muffin Pan
  3. Blot Zucchini: Very lightly blot the zucchini. Do not squeeze all of the moisture out, just give it a light blot with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to rid some wetness, especially if your zucchini is extra wet.
  4. Muffins: Grease a 12-count muffin pan or line with liners. Prepare batter in step 2. Spoon the batter evenly into each liner, filling each all the way to the top. Bake the muffins 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.

Keywords: zucchini bread

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350 Comments

  1. This recipe was a home run with my family. I used 125g grated zucchini after squeezing (started with an over 3lb zucchini that I wanted to weigh rather than measure cups of for later) and 63% chocolate chips. I’m planning on making another 2 batches as mini loaves to send to friends.

  2. This is my GO-TO recipe for zucchini bread! A winner every single time and a favorite among many. Love the addition of cinnamon. Easy and quick to whip up fast and so very delicious!!

  3. I have made this recipe several times and my family and friends really enjoy it. However the batter is very dry. Not at all as pictured as at the beginning of the recipe. I usually add about a half a cup of milk to it. Is there possibly a liquid ingredient missing?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Rita! How are you measuring your flour? Make sure to spoon and level your flour to avoid over-measuring – this would lead to a dry zucchini bread batter. Hope this helps for next time!

  4. Like some other posters, my batter was pretty dry also! And the bread was crumbly. I’ve always measured flour by gently spooning and leveling, and all your other recipes turn out great for me. Any chance there’s an error in the recipe? Or something I might be doing wrong?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Liz! It could also be possible that the bread is slightly over baked. When bread is over baked (even by just a minute or two!) the texture can become dry and crumbly. A minute or two less in the oven should help for next time. Thanks for giving it a try!

    2. My batter was very dry, my zucchini definitely did not look as wet as what was in the pictures so I ended up added 1/2 c. applesauce. The taste was great, but even with the applesauce my batter was still not as wet. Suggestions on what to add in the future to dry batter?

      1. When you shred the zucchini, do you use a box grater or are you purchasing pre-shredded zucchini? It should be rather wet from its moisture inside. Do you think you over-measured the flour by chance? Be sure to spoon and level the flour into the measuring cup. Adding applesauce was a great idea and if the batter ends up stiff and dry again, add a few more spoonfuls or even a splash of milk.

  5. Is it possible to use a 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup to replace the sugar?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Amy, we don’t recommend a liquid sweetener. You may enjoy our Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread instead, though! You can replace the agave with either.

  6. Has anyone tried doubling this recipe? It’s so good I always make it with the intention of freezing it for later and we just end up eating it I would like to make 2 in the hopes of one making it to the freezer!

  7. Hi Sally, I made the muffin version of this recipe and loved it however is it possible to substitute the oil for butter, sour cream or yoghurt?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      You can, yes, but the bread won’t be as moist.

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