Healthy Zucchini Bread

5 from 23 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. 

healthy zucchini bread.

Are zucchini plentiful at your grocery store? Try this healthy zucchini bread recipe

This bread is pretty darn perfect, and we can’t stop singing its praises. Moist and fluffy in the middle, each slice is studded with chocolate chips and with a hint of cinnamon throughout. The crumb is perfectly tender and you’ll shock yourself into thinking your indulging but really, it’s secretly healthy.

No butter, no oil, 100% naturally sweetened and no white flour needed: It’s also accidentally gluten free. 

Ready to whip up a loaf? 

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 for healthy zucchini bread: 

  • Flour. Either white flour, white wholewheat flour (our favorite), or wholewheat flour work. 
  • Brown sugar OR coconut sugar. Choose coconut sugar if you’d like this zucchini bread to be refined sugar free. 
  • Baking powder and baking soda. We use both leavening agents for some rise and stability. 
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon. A must for any good quick bread. 
  • Egg. Room temperature. 
  • Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt or natural yogurt work. 
  • Bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter the bread will be. 
  • Zucchini. Finely shredded with excess moisture removed.
  • Chocolate chips. Optional, but highly recommended. 

How to make a healthy zucchini bread

Zucchini bread is simple to make: the only thing to remember is to squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the zucchini, so the bread can cook evenly and completely. Here is the basic idea of making it (or see the recipe below for specifics): 

  • Mix 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. 
  • Transfer the bread mix into a greased 9 x 4-inch loaf pan. 
  • Bake the zucchini bread for 55-60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out mostly clean. 
zucchini bread recipe healthy.

Do you remove the skin when making zucchini bread? 

There is no need to peel the zucchini before shredded 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.

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 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). 

Zucchini bread variations

What other types of healthy zucchini bread is there? Swap out some of the ingredients or make them suitable for various diets!

  • Make it eggless by swapping the egg for one of these egg substitutes
  • Cut the dairy by using coconut yogurt or soy yogurt. 
  • Omit the sugar completely by using a brown sugar substitute
  • Add mix-ins like coconut flakes, chopped chocolate, or even fresh or frozen berries. 
  • Swap out the banana by using either pumpkin puree or unsweetened applesauce. 

Storage info

What’s the best way to store this healthy zucchini bread? Here are best practices for quick bread storage: 

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

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

Does zucchini bread have a lot of calories?

There are just 128 calories in a slice of zucchini bread.

Do you take seeds out of zucchini for zucchini bread?

There is no need to remove seeds out of the zucchini to use in zucchini bread.

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.

healthy zucchini bread recipe.

Healthy Zucchini Bread

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. 
5 from 23 votes
Print Rate
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Arman

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

* Use gluten free flour for a gluten free option.
** Coconut sugar or a brown sugar substitute work.
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: 1Slice | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 23g
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Comments

8 thoughts on “Healthy Zucchini Bread

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.