This simple zucchini bread recipe is a great way to use up your summer bumper crop of zucchini. Try it with toasted walnuts or raisins, or add chocolate chips for a more dessertlike bread. Freeze 2-cup portions of shredded zucchini so you can make zucchini bread all year long.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2011


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  • Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in zucchini. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl; stir in the wet ingredients and chocolate chips (if using) until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

  • Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.


Make Ahead Tip: Wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Equipment: 9-by-5-inch loaf pan

Note: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at or Store it in the freezer.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

195 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 29.3g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugars 13.8g; fat 7.2g 11% DV; saturated fat 0.8g 4% DV; cholesterol 31.8mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 110.5IU 2% DV; vitamin c 3.1mg 5% DV; folate 8.9mcg 2% DV; calcium 45.4mg 5% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 6mg 2% DV; potassium 108.4mg 3% DV; sodium 208.7mg 8% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV; added sugar 13g.

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  • 5 star values: 6
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Rating: 5 stars
I made this exactly as written except I used 3/4 brown sugar and 1/4 white sugar and used apple sauce instead of oil.. and I added walnuts! Baked 50 minutes and it came out of the oven and was perfect!!! Thanks for a great receipe! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
HELP!! something went wrong...prepared the recipe twice and both times I watched it sink down 5 minutes after I pulled it out of the oven and the inside was thoroughly wet/raw. And this was after I left it in and extra 15 minutes as when I tested it with a toothpick it came out with dough on it. The first time I messed around with the ingredients a bit increasing the flour and zucchini but the second time I followed it exactly. My only though is that there is no baking soda in the recipe? But it worked for other people!! I am not new to baking...Help!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So glad I found this I needed a base to start with as I'm not a barker yet I wanted it healthy and to my taste. I substituted the sugar with honey and only used half the amount then I added coconut flakes sliced almonds and raisins. I love the good chew factor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious used 1/2 C white sugar 1/2 C brown sugar applesauce instead of oil and whole wheat flour. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy soft and moist bread This bread came out perfect! In fact I made a loaf of Paula Dean's zucchini bread at the same time. It had twice as much sugar as this recipe. Overall this bread was more moist flavorful and delicious than the Paula Dean recipe. I soaked some raisins in water and then added 1/2 cup to the bread. I really enjoyed it and I will be making this over and over! Pros: easy healthy delicious Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious even my picky toddler loved it! I used this recipe and added 1/4 cup of dark chocolate m&m's. I substituted apple sauce for the oil. It came out moist and delicious. I have enough zucchini shredded for another bread and plan to try the chocolate one. Pros: Moist Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good but not great This was good but somewhat bland. I will make modifications next time. It wasn't sweet enough or flavoful enough for us so I will use 1 cup of sugar (1/2 brown & 1/2 white) instead of 3/4 increase the cinnamon and vanilla and add nutmeg. The texture was a bit crumbly using WW Pastry flour so I will probably try 1/2 white too. It won't be as healthy as the original but still healthy AND good. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Not flavorful enough Read More