Mable Clarke includes this zucchini bread among the treats that end the fish fry she started to save Soapstone Baptist Church in her South Carolina community. This recipe uses grated zucchini--it's easy to do with a food processor, but you can also use a box grater to do the job. While some recipes call for squeezing the water out of the zucchini after it's grated, don't--it's the secret to this quick bread's extra moistness.

Mable Owens Clarke
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2020


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 30 mins


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

  • Whisk eggs, sugar, oil, lemon zest and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Fold in zucchini and ground pecans (or pecan meal). Divide the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour.

  • Let the loaves cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing, about 1 hour.


To make ahead: Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Equipment: Two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 30g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 16g; fat 14g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 28mg; vitamin a iu 86IU; vitamin c 4mg; folate 26mcg; calcium 28mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 10mg; potassium 102mg; sodium 196mg; added sugar 15g.

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This quick bread came out wonderfully, and it is delicious. My caveats: I did squeeze the water out of the grated zucchini because if I don't, the breads always come out soggy (not "moist" - there is a difference). I used orange zest because I didn't have lemon zest, and I used almond meal because I didn't have pecan meal. The texture was perfect and the bread is delicious. Besides squeezing out the water in the zucchini, which the recipe says not to do, I would back off on the amount of cinnamon, as I felt it overwhelmed the subtle essence of the lemon/orange zest. But overall this is great quick bread. Read More