Zucchini Bread

This easy zucchini bread recipe is the best I've tried! Packed with zucchini and cinnamon, it's super moist and flavorful. Plan on having a second slice.

Zucchini bread

This easy zucchini bread recipe is the best I’ve tried.

  • It’s super moist,
  • warmly spiced,
  • studded with crunchy walnuts,
  • and PACKED with shredded zucchini, so you can use up a good portion of your summer squash haul in one go.

If there’s something else you look for in a zucchini bread recipe, let me know, but to me, this one is perfection. I love that all the ingredients are pantry basics, that the batter is a breeze to stir together, and that the recipe yields two loaves. Freeze one for later or share it with a friend…and then, if you’re me, make this zucchini bread recipe again. I mean, it’s zucchini season! The more zucchini bread, the merrier, right?

Zucchini bread recipe ingredients

How to Make Zucchini Bread

The great thing about this zucchini bread recipe is that, like other quick bread recipes (i.e., banana bread or pumpkin bread), it’s super easy to make! You don’t need any special equipment here—just a box grater, a couple of mixing bowls, and two loaf pans. The ingredients are simple too.

Zucchini Bread Recipe Ingredients

  • Zucchini, of course! It makes this quick bread amazingly moist.
  • All-purpose flourSpoon and level it to avoid packing too much into your measuring cup.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and eggs – They help the loaves rise.
  • Cinnamon and vanilla extract – For warm, cozy depth of flavor.
  • Cane sugar – It sweetens the zucchini bread.
  • Vegetable oil – It adds moisture and richness.
  • Walnuts – For crunch.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Mixing shredded zucchini into wet ingredients

How to Prep Zucchini for Bread

To make this recipe, you’ll need 3 cups of shredded zucchini, from about 2 medium squash.

If you’ve never grated zucchini before, it’s super easy—just shred it on the large holes of a box grater. There’s no need to peel the zucchini or remove the seeds. You also shouldn’t press or squeeze any of the excess moisture out of it. You want all that to go into the bread!

Wet ingredients in mixing bowl with rubber spatula

Once you shred the zucchini, make the batter. Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Add the zucchini to the wet ingredients and fold to combine.

Hands using spatula to combine wet and dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Careful not to overmix! If you do, the quick bread will be dense.

Fold in the nuts.

Pouring zucchini bread batter into loaf pans

Next, pour the batter into two greased loaf pans. It’s ok if the two pans aren’t the same size or material, but keep in mind that the loaves might bake at different rates. I recommend checking them early to avoid over-baking.

Sprinkle more nuts over the tops of the loaves…

And bake at 325°F for 40 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops of the loaves spring back to the touch.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Sprinkling walnuts over best zucchini bread before baking

Best Zucchini Bread Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overmix. When you add the dry ingredients to the wet, stir just until they’re combined. Overmixing the batter will start to develop the gluten in the flour, which can make for dense loaves. We want them to be light and tender instead!
  • Give it time to cool. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to slice into the bread as soon as it comes out of the oven (heads up: your kitchen will smell amazing). But if you can resist, let it cool for an hour instead. I promise that it will taste even better after it cools. It will have a moister texture, and the flavor from the spices and vanilla will have deepened.
  • Use a different summer squash. Green zucchini isn’t the only type of squash that will work in this bread! Sub in yellow zucchini, striped zucchini, or yellow squash instead. They’ll all yield a moist, flavorful bread.
  • Change up the mix-ins. Not feeling walnuts? Replace them with pecans, or swap in dried cherries, dried cranberries, or chocolate chips. A walnut/chocolate chip combo is fantastic too!

How to Store Zucchini Bread

Homemade zucchini bread keeps well for up to 4 days after baking. Store it at room temperature in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

Can you freeze zucchini bread?

Yes, this easy zucchini bread also freezes well! Wrap up the entire loaf, or store individual slices in freezer bags or airtight containers. Freeze for up to 3 months.

I like to freeze individual slices so that I can thaw one at a time for breakfast or a snack. Let them sit at room temperature for an hour to thaw, or zap them in the microwave to quickly reheat.

Zucchini bread recipe

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zucchini bread

Zucchini Bread

rate this recipe:
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves 16
Our best zucchini bread recipe! This easy quick bread is super moist, warmly spiced, and studded with crunchy walnuts. It's the perfect breakfast or snack.

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and grease two 8x4 or 9x5-inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add the grated zucchini and fold to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the walnuts.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared pans and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 40 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the tops of the loaves spring back to the touch.

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  1. Glenda Butler
    02.18.2024

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. Thankyou for all your recipes
    How can I find out nutritional value. I’m counting calories. I realise the zucchini bread would be up there but needed to try.

  2. Gail
    01.23.2024

    5 stars
    Perfect! The best zucchini bread I ever made. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. MandyOM
    10.22.2023

    5 stars
    We…Love this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.23.2023

      Hi Mandy, I’m so happy to hear!

  4. Shelly
    09.20.2023

    Can you use a bundt pan, or two, instead of a loaf pan?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      09.21.2023

      Hi Shelly, I think you could make this recipe in one large or two small bundt pans. However, because we haven’t tested it in bundt pans, I’m not sure what the bake time would be.

  5. Judith Dahmen
    07.19.2023

    I was wondering if you would consider adding a conversion button to metric measurements to your recipes? I love your baking and cooking but find it cumbersome to convert everything myself. I know the format you use does offer this as it’s a fairly commonly used framework on the internet. It would make life for your European fans much easier. Thanks

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.19.2023

      Hi Judith, thank you for your feedback – it’s something we’re considering.

  6. Donna B.
    07.16.2023

    The problem I’ve always had with zucchini bread is that so many recipes result in WET bread, not just moist. It’s very unappealing.

    Do you have a solution for avoiding a WET bread?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.17.2023

      Hi Donna, give this one a try – it’s moist but not too wet (in my opinion). If you’re concerned, make sure a toothpick inserted comes out dry, otherwise bake a little longer. Hope that helps!

  7. Mary
    07.16.2023

    Can you sub Bob’s Red Mill non gluten flour for this recipe??

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.17.2023

      I haven’t tested it, but I think it would be fine here.

  8. Marcia
    07.16.2023

    I may give this recipe a try, but have you considered reducing the amount of sugar in your baked goods? I feel that we’ve been taught to use much more sugar than is really necessary. I’ve reduced my sugar intake to the point that I get a head rush when eating a baked good using standard amounts of sugar. I believe it’s time to start tailoring our recipes for a healthier lifestyle, what about you?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.17.2023

      Hi Marcia, we try to use less sugar than most other recipes on the internet without sacrificing the traditional flavor of the particular recipe. For me, baked goods are a treat that I enjoy occasionally so I want one slice of zucchini bread to satisfy that craving. That being said, you could probably reduce the sugar here to 3/4 cup or 1 cup… keep in mind that this recipe makes 2 loaves so the amounts here may look high just because the yield is a large quantity.

    • Cathy
      01.21.2024

      5 stars
      This zucchini recipe has less sugar than most that I’ve seen. Rather than making the criticizing comment about “healthier lifestyle” on a recipe you haven’t made yet, why not try using less sugar first and skipping your review?

      • Dayna
        02.22.2024

        Hello, I love your recipes. We avoid vegetable and canola oil in our home, do you think this could work with coconut oil?

        • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
          02.23.2024

          Hi Dayna, yes! Melted coconut oil or avocado oil would work well instead of the vegetable oil.

  9. Alycia
    07.16.2023

    I look forward to trying this recipe!

  10. Bb
    07.16.2023

    Is there an option to make it vegan? Best, BB

    • Jen H
      07.17.2023

      I am not an expert but 1/4 c of applesauce replaces each egg. I use that often in other recipes and I think it is better than eggs (and definitely more humane:-) I am looking forward to making this recipe (vegan). It looks great!

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