Healthy Zucchini Bread

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This healthy zucchini bread is perfectly moist in the middle and has a lovely tender crumb! No white flour, no butter, and no oil needed. 

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Are zucchini plentiful at your grocery store? Great, because it’s your excuse to use them to make desserts!

If you’ve tried our zucchini brownies or zucchini chocolate cake, you know that they taste incredible and the zucchini in them is noticeable. Another baked good that hides the summer vegetable perfectly? Healthy zucchini bread. 

Why you’ll love this healthy zucchini bread recipe

  • Perfect texture. Like vegan zucchini bread, this is moist and fluffy in the middle, each slice is studded with chocolate chips and with a hint of cinnamon throughout.
  • Doesn’t taste healthy! Even though this recipe is loads healthier than traditional zucchini bread, you’d never tell!
  • Wholesome ingredients. No white flour or butter is needed. 
  • No zucchini flavor. Seriously, there is nothing worse than knowing there is zucchini hidden in a baked good, but trust me- you won’t know it is in there! 

What we love about this zucchini bread recipe is just how quick and easy it is to make. It needs little prep, so the hard part is waiting for it to cool down so you can dig into it! 

Looking for more healthy zucchini recipes? Try pancakes, bars, or cookies!

Ingredients needed

Simple pantry staple ingredients are used to make this recipe. We do, however, have a few special ingredients that we use in our batter to ensure the bread turns out moist and delicious every single time! Here is what you’ll need to make it: 

  • Flour. Either white flour, white whole wheat flour (our favorite), or whole wheat pastry flour work.

Dietary swap

Easily make this gluten-free by using a cup for cup gluten-free flour. 

  • Brown sugar OR coconut sugar. Choose coconut sugar if you’d like this zucchini bread to be refined sugar free.

Ingredient swap

You can replace the granulated sugar for a liquid sweetener like honey or maple syrup. 

  • Baking powder and baking soda. We use both leavening agents for some rise and stability.
  • Salt.
  • Spices. I like to use ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Egg. Room temperature.
  • Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt or natural yogurt work.

Dietary swap

Not a fan of dairy? Swap this out with your favorite dairy-free yogurt. 

  • Bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter the bread will be.

Ingredient swap

Swap out the bananas for equal amounts of unsweetened applesauce. 

  • Zucchini. Finely shredded with excess moisture removed.
  • Chocolate chips. Optional, but highly recommended.
  • Vanilla extract. A must for any good baked good.

How to make a healthy zucchini bread

Step 1- Make the batter

Stir the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Gently fold through the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips using a rubber spatula.

Step 2- Bake the zucchini bread

Transfer the bread mix into a greased 9 x 4-inch loaf pan. Bake the zucchini bread for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.

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Tips to make the best recipe

Zucchini banana bread is quick and easy to make. Here are a few tips before you get started:

  • Squeeze out all moisture. Zucchini contains a hefty amount of water. Once you’ve shredded it, squeeze out every bit of liquid you can. There are enough wet ingredients in the batter to keep the bread moist.
  • Overripe bananas are key. While there is already sugar in the batter, it’s still a considerably smaller amount than in other recipes. If the bananas are super ripe, they add an extra layer of sweetness.
  • Resist the urge to over-mix. Over-mixing the batter will yield a more dense bread and not be as fluffy.
  • Do not open the oven door. Regularly opening the oven door to check on the zucchini bread affects the rise of the bread. Try to only open it towards the end of the bake time (around the 45-minute mark).
  • Add mix-ins. Fold through some chopped nuts, like pecans or walnuts. 
  • Add aluminum foil. If you notice the tops of the bread cooking too fast, add some aluminum foil halfway through the baking process.

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftover zucchini bread in an airtight container at room temperature. You can add a paper towel on top to keep the bread extra moist. If you’d like the bread to keep longer, store it in a fridge for up to one week.

To freeze: Place slices of the zucchini bread in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up top 6 months.

Recommended tools to make this recipe

  • Box grater. For the perfectly shredded zucchini. 
  • Food processor. Another option to shred the zucchini. 
  • Wire rack. To let the zucchini bread cool evenly and completely on.
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More quick bread recipes to try

This zucchini bread recipe is a quick bread, meaning it uses baking powder and baking soda to rise instead of yeast. Here are other quick breads you may enjoy:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my zucchini bread raw in the middle?

If you place the loaf pan on the top rack of the oven, you risk the exterior of the bread cooking quickly while the inside remains raw. To ensure this doesn’t happen, bake the bread on the lower or middle rack.

Why is my zucchini bread heavy?

Using a smaller loaf pan will yield a heavy zucchini bread.

Do you remove the skin when making zucchini bread?

There is no need to peel the zucchini before shredding it for zucchini bread. It adds a pop of color, and there are hidden nutritional benefits in the skin.

Can I make these as muffins?

Yes, use the exact same batter to make muffins or make my healthy zucchini muffins instead.

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

5 from 34 votes
This healthy zucchini bread is perfectly moist in the middle and has a lovely tender crumb! No white flour, no butter, and no oil needed. 
Servings: 12 Slices
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a 9 x 5-inch pan and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt, and bananas.
  • Gently add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Fold through the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the batter into a lined pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a skewer comes out mostly clean.
  • Remove the zucchini bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan completely, before slicing and serving.

Notes

TO STORE: Store at room temperature in a sealed container. To keep the bread extra moist, you can add a paper towel on top. This zucchini bread stores well in the refrigerator as well! Let the slices of them sit at room temperature for several minutes before serving. 
TO FREEZE: Freeze in an airtight container and store for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1SliceCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSodium: 144mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 23g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Another great recipe! Super easy and nice texture. Added some extra chocolate chips in… 🙂 Again, cook time was a bit over an hour for me, but still came out tasty!!

    1. You can use real eggs (2) or the flax eggs provided.

      As for applesauce, I haven’t tried it at all.

  2. This zucchini bread looks freaking fabulous! I’m also a huge fan of using applesauce and pumpkin in recipes, preferably applesauce since pumpkin tends to yield orange baked products. Not saying that’s negative, but sometimes you need a loaf that looks more brown or beige!