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Tantalize your taste buds with this dense and delicious Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread! It’s the perfect way to enjoy summer zucchini!

When life or a neighbor gives you zucchini, make zucchini bread! Especially when it’s a lighter, healthier zucchini bread.

Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread on a white tray

Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread

I’ve been taste-testing zucchini bread this summer, but the first was too oily, the next was weighed down with too much zucchini and not enough leavening. Then last but not least, I baked up this picture-perfect Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread.

Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread on a rectangular, ceramic serving tray

Zucchini Bread Recipe with a Healthy Twist

With the addition of some King Arthur Flour’s White Whole Wheat Flour and half the amount of oil when compared to my Classic Zucchini Bread Recipe, this is healthier zucchini bread. Katie was not as thrilled with it as I was, but she’s my toughest critic.

I think she’d prefer that I served her actual cake for breakfast! I used a recommendation from one of the previous recipes and dusted the buttered pans with a nice coating of sugar before adding the batter. This Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread was moist, flavorful with a sweet crust. Finally a winner! You’ll also enjoy these Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins and this Banana Nut Bread. And for a savory option, these Zucchini Fritters are winners!

PRO-Tip: Quick bread batter should not be over-mixed. Use a rubber spatula, not a mixer, to add in the dry ingredients. Over-mixing will cause tunnels in your loaves and create a peaked top instead of a rounded topped muffin.

Here is the Archies who inspired me to dust my loaf pans with sugar after listening to this song from 1969!

Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread

Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread

A moist, delicious quick bread with a sugar topping!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield 2 loaves


  • Butter and Sugar to coat the pans
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 pound zucchini (about 2 medium), coarsely grated


  1. Butter two 5 x 9-inch loaf pans then coat with sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. Whisk together flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the sugars, whisking till mixture becomes a pale yellow color, about 2-3 minutes. Add the oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Mix in zucchini, then add the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula. Mix till just combined.
  5. Divide batter between the two pans and bake for 60-70 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool about 10-15 minutes before removing the loaves to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Bread tastes best when served at room temperature and is even better then next day.


Adapted from Once Upon a Plate

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g


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44 comments on “Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread”

  1. I love zucchini bread and that sugar crust is so tempting!

  2. How funny! I was just searching for a zucchini bread recipe today. This is perfect, thanks Liz! 🙂

  3. J’adore a loaf of zucchini bread. Thank you for doing the research to discover the most delectable one, Liz.

    P.s. Your thoughts about your daughter made me laugh…I remember getting scolded by my step-mom in my Archie comic days because I did have cake for breakfast =)

  4. Apparently you can’t even taste the zucchini so I’d be ok with having a slice of this.

  5. Zucchini bread is not something I’ve readily loved, but then again I haven’t tried yours! The sugar crust sounds wonderful. I would have this toasted with a dollop of butter. I too love that song!

  6. What an interesting take to make a sugar crust like this… I am a big fan of zucchini bread… this looks scrumptious. 🙂

  7. Great twist on zucchini bread Liz. Love that song btw! And don´t get me started on Archie comic books, LOVED them!

  8. I could eat zucchini bread for breakfast or any time of the day. Love the sugar crust on this one.

  9. I was so hoping that someone would choose that song, Liz, when I realized I couldn’t participate. I was a babe when it was popular too but since I have an older sister, it was played non-stop on her little 45 record player. I am sure I still know all the words. Not that they were hard. 🙂

    What a beautiful zucchini loaf! I adore that crusty top!

  10. Love that song! I will have it in my head for the rest of the day. I definitely will have to try the sugar coating trick. Sounds delightful!

  11. Gosh, I remember that song! Haven’t thought of it in years (decades!). Lovely bread – and I like the inclusion of whole wheat flour. This looks totally terrific – thanks so much.

  12. Perfect! The zucchini is coming fast and furious out back!

  13. I adore zucchini bread, and think a little sugar crust just puts the icing on that cake…mmmm!

  14. Always in need of zucchini recipes… especially right now! Glad you found a good one:@)

  15. Oh, I love zucchini bread! I’ll need to try adding a sugar crust to mine. A little more sugar never hurts!

  16. Thanks for getting is just right for us (all of us besides Katie), it sounds wonderful, I love the sugar coating!

  17. Oh, I haven’t had zucchini bread in FAR, FAR TOO LONG. I need to change that, because my stomach just growled looking at your photos!

  18. Late summer would never be complete without a yummy zucchini bread or cake recipe! I’m sure that this would never last over a day or two in my home! I’ve signed up for the Sunday Supper group, but need to do more reading up on how to participate, among all of the other things on my ‘to do’ list…..LOL since it seems that list keeps getting longer!!!!

    Hope you’re doing well, Liz!!!!


  19. What a sweet crust to this zucchini bread!

  20. Your zucchini bread is gorgeous! WOW!!

  21. That song will be in my head for the rest of the night, that was a real throwback. Visions of this zucchini bread will also be in my head. Love the sugared pan!

  22. Does Bill like zucchini in his cakes? I like how this loaf has a sugar crust. Great song choice! xx

  23. I haven’t make zucchini bread in years and now I’m craving it. Yours looks so moist and delicious! I can smell it. YUM!

  24. You have me at sugar crust! The zucchini bread looks awesome, Liz.

  25. That is one gorgeous looking loaf! And I just love Archie! Have not seen Archie in ages, it was my favourite cartoon show decades ago (still a fan!) and just love their comic books! I’ve really enjoyed the video and sing-along too! thanks for sharing and bringing back the Archie days memories! Would be even better if I could have a slice of your Zucchini Loaf while enjoying the video! 🙂

  26. The last time I made zucchini bread I had 40 billion growing and I made bread and froze it and swore I’d never eat another bite of it. I’ve changed my mind after seeing this.

  27. Liz where on earth did you find this video – I remember it. In fact , I’m embarrassed to say I knew every single word. Just last week I was talking about my Archie comic books. I wish I hadn’t pitched them, I had 100s.

    As for your zucchini bread I love the stuff. I haven’t made it in years but recall how incredibly moist it is. Great recipe and video. Thanks for taking me down memory lane.

  28. I love your zucchini bread Lizzy look georgeous I would like try this récipe:))

  29. I think cake for breakfast is perfectly acceptable 🙂 Zucchini bread is such a great summer treat. LOVE the idea of the sugar crust!

  30. You are my candy babe and it’s got me wanting you! That song is going to be in my head all day! This looks like a great zucchini bread. I will put it in the to try list as soon as I get zucchini. Thanks!

  31. The sugar crust on the this already wonderful bread is just perfect.

  32. Ooo, this looks so good! I’ve never made zucchini bread before. I feel like it’s about time to change that.

  33. Dear Lizzy, This sounds like a fun theme.
    I suppose the third time is the charm. I bet it was real good with cream cheese and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  34. Love the tune, I am grooving to it while writing this!! Also love that sugar zucchini bread too!! Nicely done!!

  35. I am definitely trying a sugar crust on my zucchini bread next time I make some. What a great addition and perfect for your song choice.

  36. Love the idea of crusting the zucchini bread. I bet it adds an awesome sweet crunch!

  37. Lizzy,
    Sugar crusted bread…how could you go wrong? I love zucchini and your bread looks delicious.

  38. I love zucchini bread and that sugar crust sounds incredible! Sugar is the perfect addition to an already amazing bread!

  39. I love me some zucchini bread!! I put chocolate chips in mine but never thought top top it with sugar. Great recipe Liz!

  40. Zucchini bread is on my to-make list for next week! I think I’ll give your recipe a try! I really like that you used the white whole wheat here. I love the way it adds to the flavor and nutrients without weighing down whatever you’re baking.

  41. I love that song and love this dish! Your zucchini bread looks absolutely perfect.

  42. The gardens are overflowing with Zucchini right now. Perfect timing!

  43. How I missed this one I will never know ! Love this sugar crust and it looks wonderful!

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