Zucchini Bread Recipe

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This is my favorite zucchini bread recipe, my friends! Don’t you love baking zucchini bread? In the summer it seems we all have a lot of zucchini plants growing in the garden. I will be honest with you, a few years ago after moving to the desert, I struggled to grow zucchini plants. I really have to laugh because NO one has trouble growing zucchini, right? Right.

Well, luckily I have a few plants that have produced so many this year I dragged out my bread pans to make some zucchini bread. I used a cheese grater today for the zucchini, and then let it drain in a strainer. Then I squeezed out the excess moisture with a clean hand towel.

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Perennial Salvia Plants

Here we are a few years later and I have my gardens working great with a better soil mixture. I realized we needed more bees and I was tired of hand pollinating my plants. I planted several perennial Salvia plants, not Stevia. The bees have been swarming around the purple flowers the last few years so I no longer have a shortage of any vegetables. Yay for bees!!

This recipe is from a neighborhood cookbook printed when I lived in Sandy, Utah. It looks like the date on the cookbook may say 1980. Don’t you just love old cookbooks where you recognize names of neighbors that meant a lot to you when you lived near them?

I’m thinking several people in this cookbook are probably deceased by now. Wow, this cookbook is 37 years old and it still brings me joy, even if the cover is missing.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Bread Recipe

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Zucchini Bread Recipe

Step One

Gather the ingredients as shown below. You can see the vanilla, sugar, flour, shredded zucchini, oil, eggs, and spices.

Ingredients

Step Two

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth. Grease your bread pans and set them aside.

Cream the eggs, sugar, and oil

Step Three

Combine the spices and vanilla, the zucchini, and the flour with the creamed mixture.

Add remaining ingredients

Step Four

Mix thoroughly until mixed together. This recipe is so old it said to sift the flour, but I didn’t.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Step Five

Scoop or pour the batter into two greased bread pans, I use a smaller size bread pan for my sweetbreads and my regular bread making. These are the size I use: Fat Daddio Bread Pans (7.75 x 3.75 x 2.5 Inch).

This size pan works better for me for two reasons, my bread does not have any preservatives and therefore, it may spoil faster. We can eat smaller loaves much easier.

I do not put my bread in the refrigerator because it dries it out. So, smaller loaves are what I prefer making! Life is so good with homemade bread of any kind, right? Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Final Product

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

Baked Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Baked Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil (I used vegetable)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini with skins and all (Raymond reminded me to wring out the wetness)
  • 3 cups flour (I use bread flour)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the sugar, oil, and eggs. Combine the spices and vanilla, the zucchini, and the flour with the creamed mixture. This recipe is so old it says to sift the flour, but I didn't. I filled TWO one-pound loaf pans. I bake my smaller loaves for about 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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This is the size bread pan I used to make my bread and also to make this zucchini bread. My favorite size bread pan.

Add-ons for zucchini bread:

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of grated carrots
  • 12-ounces chocolate chips
  • Extra cinnamon
  • Extra vanilla
  • Nutmeg, a little sprinkle
  • 1 cups raisins
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained (thanks, Mare)

Raymond: Linda, I use this recipe but add two cups of blueberries to the mix–blueberry zucchini bread. Yummy!! Also, a good tip for your readers is to wring the grated zucchini as dry as they can before mixing it in. If they don’t the bread will have too much moisture, take much longer to cook, and just plain won’t taste as good.

How do I store the baked loaves?

I store the loaves in bread bags or ziplock bags.

Can I freeze the loaves of zucchini bread?

Yes, you can freeze the loaves after baking. Place the loaves in an airtight bag wrapped tightly and freeze for 2-3 months.

Final Word

Please tell me the add-ons you like to add to your zucchini bread, I love to hear from you. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God Bless this world, Linda

16 thoughts on “Zucchini Bread Recipe

  • June 21, 2017 at 8:46 am
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    You mentioned zucchini, I bought a little “cookbook” just for zucchini recipes. It has maybe 20 or 30 recipes in it but the recipes are good. Have you ever made Bread and Butter out of zucchini? They taste the same and look the same. Only you know they are zucchini. Try it you’ll be surprised.
    Old Cookbooks, our family has my mom’s old cookbooks and not only is the cover off but the pages are
    just laying loose between covers. We try to keep all the pages, cover included together but yes great recipes.
    I think I have maybe 40 to 60 cookbooks myself. Love them.

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    • June 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm
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      June, I love hearing you have 40 or 60 cookbooks! Do you use rubber bands to hold the pages together of some of your cookbooks? LOL! I can’t part with these gems! I think I have tasted bread and butter pickles made out of zucchini, yummy! Now, my mouth is watering for one! Hugs, Linda

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  • June 21, 2017 at 9:03 am
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    I love zucchini bread. Your recipe is very similar to mine, which was handed down to me from my great-aunt. My favorite addition is crushed pineapple! Hugs to you, my friend, Mare

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    • June 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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      Hi, Mare, oh my gosh I have got to go add crushed pineapple to the list! See, this is why I like to ask to help remind me what I forgot! Love it, Hugs, Linda

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  • June 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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    This is the exact recipe I got from my mother – with one small exception. My recipe says 3 t cinnamon OR 1 t allspice, 1 t cloves, 1 t cinnamon. I’m not a big cinnamon fan, so I’ve always made it with all three spices – for over 50 years I’ve been making it! It is the most delicious zucchini bread ever!!

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    • June 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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      Hi Kathie, WE HAVE THE SAME RECIPE!!! I love it even with a few variations. I agree this is the most delicious zucchini bread ever!! Hugs, Linda

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  • June 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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    Linda, I use this recipe but add two cups of blueberries to the mix–blueberry zucchini bread. Yumm!! Also, a good tip for your readers is to wring the grated zucchini as dry as they can before mixing it in. If they don’t the bread will have too much moisture, take much longer to cook, and just plain won’t taste as good.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 6:01 am
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      HI Raymond, oh my gosh, I should have mentioned the wringing or draining of the zucchini. I love the 2 cups blueberries, I’m adding it right now! Thank you again for your great comments! They always make me smile! Linda

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  • June 22, 2017 at 6:20 am
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    My grandmother had a recipe for zucchini bread that included using chocolate pudding mix. That was the best bread I can remember ever eating. Both my sister I have searched high and low for a recipe that uses chocolate pudding mix to no avail. Does anyone else have a recipe that has pudding in the mix.

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  • June 25, 2017 at 9:25 am
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    I have several zucchini’s from my garden waiting to be made into bread. Looks yummy!

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  • May 21, 2021 at 9:40 am
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    5 stars
    I love this recipe so much. I made it over the weekend and it was so delicious!

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    • May 21, 2021 at 11:19 am
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      Hi Jess, this recipe is so easy and tastes so good even the kids love it! Thank you! Linda

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  • May 21, 2021 at 9:54 am
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    5 stars
    Ohhh….I love the smell and taste of zucchini bread! Your recipe is so delicious and so moist! It’s my go to!❤️ As always, love your recipes! Thank you!

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    • May 21, 2021 at 11:20 am
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      Hi Camille, oh, I love hearing you are made my zucchini bread!! Thank you! Linda

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