The Best Zucchini Bread

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Perfect every single time, this is the best zucchini bread we’ve ever had! It is very moist with a delicious cinnamon flavor (and a handful of nuts if you’d like)!

The zucchini in this loaf keeps the bread moist and light while adding the perfect texture! Much like a Banana Bread, this quick bread is even better on day 2!

Three slices of stacked Zucchini Bread on a wooden cutting board

Zucchini Makes Baking Moist

Zucchini has a lot of water which releases during baking to keep your baking extra moist. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the zucchini in this recipe!

From Zucchini Brownies or adding it to a Pumpkin Bread, it works well in muffins and quick breads.

This zucchini bread recipe makes two loaves, so it’s perfect to make one to enjoy and one to give away (or freeze for later if you want the second zucchini loaf to yourself).

Two loaf pans of Zucchini Bread mix ready to go into the oven

How to Prepare Zucchini for Bread

Most recipes call for grated zucchini, which is as simple as grabbing a cheese grater and getting to work!

To Peel or Not to Peel?

It is not necessary to peel zucchini when you’re making a zucchini loaf. Zucchini skin is thin and softens while baking and it is not noticeable in flavor or texture in the loaf. Plus, a big portion of the vitamins and minerals are found in the peel.

To Grate Zucchini for Bread

Be sure to grate the zucchini to add to your bread with a cheese grater (and not dice or chop it) so there are shreds of moisture in every bite! Use the larger side of a square cheese grater to shred your zucchini. Do not squeeze the zucchini dry.

Fresh cooked Zucchini Bread in loaf pan

How to Make Zucchini Bread

Like most quick bread recipes, this is easy to make and requires just a few minutes of preparation. I like to line my pans with parchment paper to make the bread extra easy to remove.

  1. Prep Wet & Dry Ingredients. Combine wet & dry ingredients in separate bowls (per recipe below).
  2. Combine. Stir wet and dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Bake. Pour into prepared pans and bake.

Serve it with apple butter, icing, strawberry butter, jam, or honey butter.

Sliced loaf of Zucchini Bread on a wood cutting board

To Freeze or Store

Keep zucchini bread on the counter for up to 2 days. It’s very moist so if you’ll be keeping it longer you’ll want to freeze it.

Freezer: Like most breads, you can freeze zucchini bread. Be sure to cool completely first. Freezing it in slices makes it easy to thaw just as much as you’d like to eat.

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Three slices of stacked Zucchini Bread on a wooden cutting board
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Review Recipe

Zucchini Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Zucchini Bread is a moist and light treat with lots of flavor!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups zucchini grated
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts chopped

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  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Prepare two medium loaf pans with parchment paper.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the zucchini, oil, and vanilla and mix together.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Add the walnuts and mix till just combined.
  • Divide evenly into two medium loaf pans and bake for 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

Use the larger side of a cheese grater to shred the zucchini. There is no need to peel it first.
If your zucchini is extra large (from the garden) you may need to scrape out some of the seeds.
Do not squeeze the zucchini dry, the moisture is needed in this bread.
Keep zucchini bread on the counter for up to 2 days. It's very moist so if you'll be keeping it longer you'll want to freeze it.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 208, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 197mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best zucchini bread, how to make zucchini bread, zucchini bread, zucchini bread recipe
Course Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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