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Best homemade zucchini bread recipe

So a friend of mine gave me a zucchini bigger than my arm. I’m not joking.  

I now understand why people joke about leaving zucchini on neighbors’ doorsteps and then running. Holy cats. There was nothing to do but make zucchini bread, right?

Zucchini compared to my arm

Looking for more easy quick bread recipes? Check out some of my favorites at the end of this article.

So… 15 eggs later, I have 7 loaves of zucchini bread, and 96 mini muffins. Or I did.  

One loaf has been completely demolished. Two loaves went home with a friend. And another loaf has been started, plus several of the mini muffins have disappeared mysteriously.  

This recipe for zucchini bread is still as good and as loved as it was when my mom used to make this for me as a kid. I don’t have many recipes from my mom, as she doesn’t like food (I know!), but this is one I grabbed the second I left home.

Make homemade zucchini bread

The good news? The wee ones love it. And I don’t think I need to make zucchini bread again for awhile. And if you live near me… come find me. Please!

How to Make Homemade Zucchini Bread

Peel your zucchini (or if you’re my mom, don’t, but I find the skin a little tough). Cut it in half, and then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and the spongy middle.  

Use a food processor to shred the zucchini, or go old school and use a box grater – just watch your knuckles!

Shredded zucchini ready for baking

My huge zucchini made this extremely large bowl of shredded zucchini. You don’t need nearly this much. 

I like to shred my zucchini first so that some of the liquid in the zucchini can start to drain, as you don’t need any extra moisture in the bread. If you want to get fancy, put it in a colander, but I forgot, and this works just fine.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease two loaf pans, and set them aside.

Add the eggs to your bowl, and beat until the yolks and whites are mixed thoroughly. Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy.

While the mixer is still going (but not too high), slowly add the oil. You want it to incorporate as you’re pouring and not have a big glop of oil you have to incorporate later.

Add the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly to combine, then add the flour in two batches, stirring gently between each addition.

Turn off the mixer, as you want to just use a spatula to stir now. Add the zucchini, stirring just until it’s incorporated.

Pour half the batter into each prepared loaf pan. I actually use a kitchen scale to weigh the pans to ensure they’re fairly even, but feel free to eyeball it.

Bake your homemade zucchini bread at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the zucchini bread for ten minutes in the pans, then turn out onto wire cooling racks.

Cool thoroughly, then slice as you serve it. Don’t slice it all right away, as it will dry out if you do.

The bread freezes beautifully (I remember how much I used to love eating the bread straight from the freezer), and it will keep for several days in a tightly sealed container.  If it lasts that long.

Do you ever make homemade zucchini bread?

More of my favorite quick bread recipes:

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Simple homemade zucchini bread is a classic. This homemade zucchini bread recipe is a perfect breakfast bread or simple dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c oil
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 3 c shredded zucchini

Instructions

  1. Peel your zucchini. Cut it in half, and then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and the spongy middle. Then shred zucchini.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Add eggs to bowl, and beat until mixed thoroughly. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. While the mixer is still going (but not too high), slowly add the oil.
  5. Add cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly, then add flour in two batches, stirring gently between each addition. Add zucchini, stirring just until incorporated.
  6. Grease two loaf pans, and pour half the batter into each pan.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool for ten minutes in the pans, then turn out onto cooling racks. Cool thoroughly, then slice.

Notes

The bread freezes beautifully (I remember how much I used to love eating the bread straight from the freezer), and it will keep for several days tightly wrapped. If it lasts that long.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 208 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 177mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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    Comments

  • Tara R.


    I really like zucchini bread, but that is one huge squash!

  • Patty


    Looks yummy! Must try this 🙂

  • Pat


    You have been a busy baker! I've been harvesting lots of zucchini and yellow squash and so I've been making lots of zucchini bread, dark chocolate chip zucchini bread, and chocolate zucchini bread with choc chips. I try to pick the zukes before they pass the 24-inch length and 4-inch diameter, but sometimes they just get away from me!

  • Sandra


    So timely! My SIL just brought me a zucchini and a yellow squash. I guess I'm baking some Z bread next week!

  • Michelle


    Tara – I like zucchini bread, too, but yikes holy cow! Right?

    Pat – It was good. I actually brought some of the muffins to BlogHer with me, and oh I should have sent some with Melisa and Liz! So sad that I missed you 🙁

    Pat – I have been. I'm intrigued by adding the chocolate to it. i may have to try them. And yes- picking them early is key. It's amazing how fast they grow once they start.

    Sandra – Bake away. What are you going to do with your yellow squash?

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