Healthy Zucchini Bread

This zucchini bread recipe is healthier than most, but that doesn't mean it isn't delicious. It's moist, warmly spiced, and lightly sweet. You'll love it!

healthy zucchini bread recipe

This healthy zucchini bread is a delicious breakfast or summer snack. I should know, because I’ve just finished my [redacted] slice of the season, and I don’t see my healthy zucchini bread consumption slowing down anytime soon. 🙂

Like a traditional recipe, this healthy zucchini bread is moist, tender, and warmly spiced. It’s PACKED with zucchini, of course, but it also features a few other good-for-you ingredients that you wouldn’t find in a regular loaf. Almond flour adds protein and healthy fats, and it gives this loaf an especially moist texture. And instead of melted butter, olive oil brings richness. When it comes to a sweetener, I do use regular cane sugar, but just enough to make this recipe lightly sweet—not more.

This healthy zucchini bread recipe is a staple in my summer rotation. I hope it will be in yours too. Happy baking!

healthy zucchini bread recipe ingredients

Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this healthy zucchini bread recipe:

  • Zucchini, of course! You’ll need 2 packed cups of shredded zucchini, about 2 medium, to make this recipe.
  • All-purpose flour and almond flour – I love using this combination of flours in baking recipes, especially muffins and quick breads. They yield baked goods that are super moist and tender—exactly what I want in a zucchini bread recipe. Plus, I love that the almond flour adds extra protein, fiber, and healthy fats!
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and eggs – They help the loaves puff up in the oven.
  • Cinnamon and vanilla extract – They give the bread warm, spiced depth of flavor. A pinch of nutmeg would be a nice addition as well.
  • Cane sugar – It makes the bread lightly sweet. This healthy zucchini bread recipe calls for about half the sugar in traditional zucchini bread recipes, just 1/2 cup per loaf.
  • Almond milkFor extra moisture. If you don’t keep almond milk on hand, feel free to swap in another milk of your choice. My homemade oat milk would be great here too.
  • Olive oil – It adds richness. I know not everyone loves to use olive oil in baking recipes as much as I do. If you prefer, use vegetable oil or melted coconut oil instead.
  • Sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!
  • And chocolate chips – I scatter them on top of the loaves for a rich, decadent finishing touch. Yum!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Grated zucchini on a kitchen towel

How to Make Healthy Zucchini Bread

This healthy zucchini bread recipe is super simple to make! Here’s how it goes:

First, grate the zucchini. No need to peel the zucchini first! Just go ahead and shred it on the large holes of a box grater. Measure 2 packed cups of the grated zucchini, and set it aside on a kitchen towel to drain.

Hand folding wet and dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon

Then, combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Gently squeeze any excess moisture from the grated zucchini, and whisk it into the bowl of wet ingredients. Pour the dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture and fold until just combined.

Batter in loaf pans

Next, pour the batter into 2 greased loaf pans. Do your best to put an equal amount in both so that the loaves bake at the same rate.

healthy zucchini bread batter in loaf pans

Scatter the chocolate chips on top…

healthy Zucchini Bread in loaf pans after baking

And bake! Transfer the pans to a 350°F oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow the loaves to cool for a few minutes in the pan before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. Finally, slice and enjoy!

Sliced Healthy Zucchini Bread on a cooling rack

Tips and Variations

  • Don’t overmix. In this recipe, and whenever you’re making baked goods that you want to be light and tender, mix the batter until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. Stirring the batter more will start to develop the gluten in the flour. If that happens, the zucchini bread will be dense instead of light and cake-y. No, thank you!
  • Make it vegan. Check out the recipe card below to find a vegan version of this recipe made with flax eggs. The vegan loaves aren’t quite as puffy as the regular ones are, but they’re still moist and delicious.
  • Make it dairy-free. This recipe is naturally dairy-free as long as you use dairy-free chocolate chips!
  • Have fun with mix-ins. I scatter chocolate chips on top of my healthy zucchini bread, but if you’re in the mood for a more indulgent treat, you could mix them into the batter, too. Not crazy for chocolate? Fold 1 cup chopped nuts into the batter instead. Walnuts and pecans are both delicious!
  • Freeze the extras. This zucchini bread freezes perfectly, which is super handy, because the recipe makes 2 loaves. I like to slice and eat one right away and stash the other in the freezer for another day. If you like, you can slice it before you freeze it. That way, you can thaw one slice at a time for an easy breakfast or snack! Transfer frozen slices to the fridge to thaw overnight, or pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

healthy zucchini bread

More Healthy Zucchini Recipes

If you love this healthy zucchini bread, try one of these healthy zucchini recipes next:

Want more quick bread recipes? Try my healthy banana bread, gluten-free banana bread, or pumpkin bread next.

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

rate this recipe:
5 from 51 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves 16
This healthy zucchini bread recipe is easy and delicious! The loaves will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. They also freeze perfectly.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed shredded zucchini, about 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large eggs, see note below for vegan option
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease or lightly spray two 8x4” loaf pans.
  • Place the shredded zucchini on paper towels to drain. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, olive oil, almond milk, and vanilla. Gently squeeze any excess moisture from the zucchini then stir into the egg mixture. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, if using. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

Notes

To make this recipe vegan, follow these 2 steps:
1. In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds with 1/2 cup water. Set aside for 10 minutes to thicken. Add it to the wet ingredients in place of the eggs.
2. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the wet ingredients and 1 additional teaspoon of baking powder to the dry ingredients. This will help the vegan loaves rise a bit. This version is very moist, do not under-bake.

 

 

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  1. Emma
    07.07.2024

    5 stars
    I almost made half the recipe for just one loaf and I’m SO glad I didn’t! My family nearly finished off both loaves at breakfast this morning. Thanks for this great recipe! So easy to assemble and baked up beautifully in 45 minutes.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      07.12.2024

      Hi Emma, I’m so glad you loved the recipe!

  2. Nat
    03.13.2024

    Could I substitute honey or maple syrup for the sugar?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      03.15.2024

      Hi Nat, yep! You could use maple. I’d reduce the almond milk by about 2 tablespoons to account for the extra liquid in the batter.

  3. Lisa Webb
    10.30.2022

    Can you substitute almond flour for the all purpose flour?

  4. Alisa
    07.21.2022

    Could you use summer squash instead of zucchini?

  5. Aly
    06.30.2022

    Hi there – this looks like a must try.! To me, 4 large eggs does seem like a lot. Would I get in trouble with the recipe if I used 3 instead? 😀
    Thanks.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.02.2022

      Hi Aly, it makes 2 loaves, so you get a lot of bread :). I’d stick to the recipe as it is.

      • Aly
        07.03.2022

        Oh yes, I forgot it was a 2 loaves recipe! Thank you!

  6. Alyssa
    05.22.2022

    I dont have bread pans, could this be made in a bundt pan? Also, would I be able to mix the chocolate chips throughout the whole loaf?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.23.2022

      Hi Alyssa, I think it might be too dense or moist to come out of a bundt pan (although I haven’t tried). Cake pans might be my second choice, but I would check them since the cooking time will vary. Yes, you can mix the chocolate chips into the batter.

  7. John Gardner
    09.12.2021

    5 stars
    John G
    Tryed it with Gluton Free flour 😋 turned out awesome 👌 will be using more of your recipes

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.13.2021

      I’m so glad! Which brand did you use?

  8. Alex
    08.24.2021

    As I’m looking for some recipes with less flour, this looks to be a winner! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lori Oakley
    08.20.2021

    5 stars
    Spectacular! My zucchini hstng husband loved this! Another plus, it’s super easy to make.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.20.2021

      I’m so glad you both loved it!

  10. Maura Lincoln
    08.05.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious! The bread was very moist and the spices gave it an Autumn vibe which is a nice break from the summer heat!

  11. Jeanne
    08.03.2021

    5 stars
    I cut the sugar in half, sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts instead of chocolate, and everyone loves it. I made mini muffins and baked them for just 10 minutes. Perfect.

  12. Cher
    08.03.2021

    5 stars
    Lovely texture. Made one loaf plain and 6 muffins with the chocolate chips. Used your hints for the vegan option. All delicious!! Even the non-vegans and the kids enjoyed!

  13. 5 stars
    Very good recipe! My husband could hardly wait until the bread cooled! Yielded four mini loaves and used one large zucchini. Shredded zucchini in food processor. Definitely will make again.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.03.2021

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  14. Cynthia Salisbury Mika
    08.02.2021

    Would blueberries get lost in this recipe? I don’t think they would do well just scattered on top…
    Thanks!

  15. Cathy KellnerDiaz
    08.02.2021

    How can I make this gluten free? Thanks

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.02.2021

      I haven’t tried it gluten free, but a 1:1 all-purpose blend like Bob’s might work here.

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