This scrumptious Classic Zucchini Bread is nut-free and spiced with cinnamon. It’s an easy summer quick bread that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, and snacks. Plus it tastes amazing!!!
If you have zucchini coming out of your ears, make a double batch of this delicious zucchini bread recipe and fill the freezer! You won’t regret it.
Classic Zucchini Bread
This time of year, I’m always hoping to find a donation of zucchini dropped off at my doorstep. No such luck, but I did head down to the Bloomington, Indiana, farmers’ market with some girlfriends where there was no shortage of fresh, gorgeous produce. I returned home with green beans, cucumbers, blackberries, AND zucchini.
I now had no excuse not to make a couple of loaves of my best zucchini bread recipe. One for Katie, one for Tom. The hubby prefers his bread to be without vegetables! If you’re new to cooking with zucchini, check out this Ultimate Guide to this versatile vegetable!
Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe
In fact, Bill snubs all quick bread and muffins (save a corn muffin with his chili. Go figure!). I had a wee bit more influence when it came to my children.
It started with their first taste of pumpkin bread; they were instantly sold. Soon after they were requesting banana and zucchini bread, too. Though I’d love to add nuts to the latter two, I haven’t convinced my offspring that a little crunch is a good thing. Feel free to add some walnuts, pecans or even some chocolate chips to make this classic zucchini bread your own. My friend, Jenni, has written a post on The Muffin Method if you’d like to learn the science behind making quick bread. And if you’re looking for a keto version, check out these zucchini muffins. And if you’re looking for a Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe, scroll down to see how to tweak this recipe for a chocolate version.
What is Quick Bread?
A yeast bread uses yeast as a leavener whereas a quick bread uses baking powder or baking soda or both. Yeast bread requires proofing or rising time in contrast with a quick bread that can be baked as soon as the batter is mixed. Thus the “quick” moniker as a yeast bread requires much time and many more steps.
PRO-Tip: Before you start baking, check the expiration date on your baking powder. Baking powder is not used as frequently as baking soda and often expires well before the can is depleted. Using expired baking powder can prevent your quick bread from rising properly.
Besides the typical loaves of zucchini, banana and pumpkin bread, muffins are also quick bread. They’re just baked in a muffin or cupcake tin instead of in a loaf pan. Pancakes, dumplings, and fritters are also considered quick bread.
How Do I Grate Zucchini?
Zucchini can be grated using a couple of methods. If you have a box grater, first trim off a small piece from each end. There is no need to peel your zucchinis. Grate onto a piece of parchment paper or into a bowl.
You can also use your food processor by attaching one of the manufacturer’s attachments. There is a shredding disk that sits on the bowl. Once the top is twisted over the disk, gently push the zucchini through the feed tube with the processor running. Voila, shredded zucchini!
Does Zucchini Bread Taste Like Zucchini?
Don’t worry, if you don’t enjoy the taste of roasted, sauteed or cooked zucchini, you may still love this classic zucchini bread. Most likely, you’d never guess this zucchini quick bread was made from zucchini unless you notice the green specks in your slice.
The zucchini provides moisture without imparting flavor, allowing for a soft, tender quick bread. The cinnamon will be the only delicious taste your palate will detect.
Why Did My Zucchini Bread Sink in the Middle?
There are a couple reasons why a quick bread would sink in the middle. First, if it’s undercooked, the raw center will sink. Make sure you use a toothpick to check a number of spots across the middle of the bread before pulling it out of the oven. If there is any batter on the toothpick when you pull it out, bake the loaf 5 minutes longer and recheck.
Another possibility is that the batter was mixed too vigorously. This creates excess air bubbles which make for a less stable structure. Stir, don’t beat the mixture after adding the dry ingredients.
Tips for Making Perfect Quick Bread
A few simple rules will help you make wonderful quick bread every time!
- As with most baking, start with room temperature ingredients. Get the eggs out of the refrigerator for about a half-hour before you plan to start mixing. If you want, you can place them in a bowl of warm water to hurry along the process. Don’t use boiling water or your eggs will cook!
- Generally, you mix all the dry ingredients first, then add the wet ingredients. Make sure you squeeze your shredded zucchini until it’s very dry. Otherwise, you’ll have too much liquid in your batter.
- You don’t need to peel your zucchini before shredding. Use a box grater or your food processor to do the work. If you have an extra-large zucchini, remove some of the larger seeds before grating.
- Make sure you squeeze your shredded zucchini until it’s very dry. Otherwise, you’ll have too much liquid in your batter.
- PRO-Tip: Do not over mix or your end result will be full of tunnels and your muffins will have peaked versus rounded tops. Do not use a mixer. A wooden spoon will work just fine.
- I line the bottoms of my bread pans with a rectangle of parchment paper to prevent sticking. I’m also a fan of Baker’s Joy, a non-stick oil and flour spray.
- Do not over bake. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf or a muffin. If there are wet crumbs when you pull it out, you will need to add more baking time. You want the toothpick to come out clean. Start checking about 10 minutes before the allotted time is up. All ovens bake differently.
- After I successfully bake a loaf, I note the time on the recipe for future reference. Cool for about 10 minutes before removing the bread from the pan to a cooling rack.
- Quick bread freeze wonderfully. Just make sure to wrap your cooled bread well (I like wrapping first with plastic wrap, then foil) and use it within 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
- Zucchini bread will stay fresh at room temperature for 2-3 days as long as it’s not too humid. Wrap in plastic wrap.
How Many Zucchinis is 3 Cups Grated?
PRO-Tip: A medium zucchini will provide about 2/3 cups grated, tamped down zucchini. To be safe purchase about 5 medium zucchini to ensure you have enough for this easy zucchini bread.
How To Make Chocolate Zucchini Bread
If Chocolate Zucchini Bread is on your radar, try substituting part of the flour with cocoa powder. If you just add cocoa powder without reducing the amount of flour, the baking chemistry will be off. I recommend decreasing the amount of flour from 3 cups to 2 1/2 cups, then add 1/2 cup of regular cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. Do not use Dutch-process cocoa powder as, again, the chemistry of the recipe will be disrupted!
Used in This Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe:
- Parchment Paper, 75 Square Foot Roll, 2 Count
- Commercial Grade Loaf Pan
- Bakers Joy Cake Pan Spray 2 Pack
More Quick Bread Recipes:
This classic zucchini bread can be made all year long and is an ideal way to get rid of excess garden zucchini and share the wealth with friends and neighbors. Once you get the hang of making quick bread, you’ll want to bake up a new variety every week!
- Lemon Blueberry Quick Bread
- Better Than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread
- Apple Bread
- Cinnamon Topped Banana Bread
- Whole Wheat Quick Bread
- Easy Pumpkin Bread
- Chocolate Chip Toffee Banana Bread
- Almond Poppy Seed Bread
- Brown Sugar Bread with Apples
- Homemade Potato Bread
- Peach Bread
- More Bread Recipes
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups grated zucchini, drained and squeezed to release excess water
- Grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans. Line bottoms with parchment and grease top of the parchment. Preheat oven to 325º.
- Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon into a medium bowl and set aside.
- Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugars together in a large bowl. Mix in the salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon mixture. Then mix in zucchini with a wooden spoon or spatula till just incorporated. Stir in zucchini. Pour batter into baking pans.
- Bake for 50 to 60+ minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
I like to place my grated zucchini in a colander to drain any excess liquid while I'm measuring and mixing the other ingredients. Squeeze it to wring out residual moisture.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 174mg Carbohydrates: 31g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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