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.
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.
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
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!)
- Shred and lightly blot the zucchini.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together.
- Mix the wet ingredients together, including the zucchini.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients together.
- Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan.
- Slice & enjoy.
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:
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.Print
An award winning recipe for zucchini bread + zucchini bread muffins. Filled with brown sugar and cinnamon, you can’t taste the zucchini!
- 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 1 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
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (no need to blot)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5 (or 8×4) inch loaf pan. See notes for muffins.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- 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.
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- Update in 2022: Based on reader feedback and a few disappointing loaves last year, I revised 3 ingredients in the recipe (baking powder, egg, zucchini) so the batter yields more for a taller loaf and there’s more moisture. The original recipe uses 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 egg and 1 cup of zucchini. This recipe now uses 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 eggs and more zucchini.
- 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.
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