20 Favorite Zucchini Bread Recipes for Summer and Beyond
When life hands you zucchini, bake easy zucchini bread.
Looking at your average zucchini, you wouldn't immediately think, "I'll make some bread out of this green squash thingy." And yet, zucchini bread is always one of the most popular quick bread recipes on Allrecipes. Even better, there are endless ways you can change up the ingredients to give it a different flavor profile; or you can make it low-fat, low-sugar, vegan, or gluten-free. Scroll on to see 20 different ways you can make moist, delicious zucchini bread loaves and muffins.
Before You Get Started
1. Must-read for beginning bakers: How to Make the Best Zucchini Bread
2. To convert a zucchini bread recipe from a loaf to muffins: Prep a standard muffin pan with paper liners and fill each lined cup about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean or with just a couple of crumbs clinging to it, the muffins are done. If there's any batter clinging, keep baking and check back in 5 minutes. A recipe that makes one 9x5 loaf of quick bread will make about a dozen standard-size muffins, more or less.
20 Zucchini Bread Recipes to Try
Adding grated zucchini to quick bread batter results in a moist and tender loaf that just happens to have all the extra fiber and nutrients that vegetables bring to the party. Not only that, zucchini bread welcomes all kinds of tasty add-ins: nuts, chocolate, citrus, apples, bananas, berries, and pumpkin to name a few popular variations. Here are some of our favorites:
Let's kick off the zucchini bread party with our most popular yet simple zucchini nut bread (you can substitute pecans for the walnuts if you wish) with a touch of cinnamon to spice things up. MommyFromSeattle raves, "This is my MASTER zucchini recipe. No need to look further. I've tried 3 recipes from this site, and this one is the BEST."
VIDEO: Mom's Zucchini Bread
Next up in the zucchini bread hall of fame is this chocolate zucchini bread recipe that delivers a double dose of chocolate with chocolate chips folded into the batter. Do you think anyone will suspect there's a healthy vegetable lurking in there? ChickadeeD says, "My husband had no idea it was zucchini bread, when I told him he was like ‘NO WAY!'" Tip: Reviewers urge you to line the pans with parchment paper to keep the chocolate chips from sticking.
A swirl of chocolate zucchini bread batter on top of pumpkin spice zucchini bread batter makes this two-toned loaf extra enticing when you slice it. "A new favorite!" says SILVERISNOW. "So moist. The chocolate layer is very rich and chocolatey and the zucchini layer is nice and spicy. I love how moist it is without tasting like oil, like some zucchini breads do."
"Fantastic zucchini muffin recipe," says Jeannine. "I've made zucchini muffins using a half dozen recipes, and this was the favorite. The muffins were especially moist, so if you store them, leave them slightly uncovered. I expect, due to the moisture, these will freeze exceedingly well." Note: To freeze, place baked and cooled muffins in a single layer on a baking sheet. After they're frozen solid, you can pop them into a freezer-safe container. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
"I thought my mom made the best zucchini bread—until I added lemon!" says recipe creator REBECITA. "This is a wonderful, light zucchini bread that's not too sweet." Some reviewers added a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to the recipe as well as the lemon zest to make it even more lemony.
This version of lemon zucchini bread includes chopped pistachio nuts in the batter. Tip: To make a simple lemon glaze, mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.
"I have made these 3 times now and it gets better every time!," says PIELADYB. "This is my favorite 'zucchini' bread. The last time I made it I used the fresh orange juice and mixed with powdered sugar to make a glaze while the bread was still warm. Sooo gooood!"
Banana bread always competes with zucchini bread for the top spot, but if you can't choose between the two, this recipe gives you the best of both. Walnuts and dried cranberries are optional add-ins, but again, the choice is yours.
Pineapple famously adds moisture to carrot cake, and when you add it in here, it makes for an especially moist zucchini bread. Tip: if you want to make muffins as shown in the photo below, you'll get about 2 dozen.
You'll double down on summer's bounty in this top-rated blueberry zucchini bread. You really should freeze some loaves and muffins to enjoy when winter rolls around: Tips: To keep blueberries from sinking in the batter, dust them with a little flour or cornstarch. If you're using frozen berries, no need to thaw them first.
VIDEO: Blueberry Zucchini Bread
Bananas and coconut team up to give this zucchini bread a taste of the tropics. Reviewers added their own touches such as canned pineapple, coconut milk, and macadamia nuts to amp up the island vibe.
Cutting the sugar, bumping up the nuts, and adding buckwheat flour resulted in a healthier take on Mom's Zucchini Bread. Melanee Van Ee-Mortensen went one step further when she replaced half the oil with Greek yogurt.
Crisp fall apples and spicy cinnamon added to the mix make these zucchini muffins perfect for back-to-school meals. "Omg! Amazing!" says samantha. "I have a ton of zucchini from my garden and decided to go with this recipe because it also has apples. I tripled the recipe so I can individually freeze them for the kids to have a quick and healthy breakfast."
"If you are looking for a great gluten free zucchini bread recipe, this is the one! Don't look any further!" says Mary Carling. "This tastes just like my regular non GF recipe!"
Many reviewers agree that this vegan zucchini bread is actually moist and light instead of dense. "Wow. I'd never have guessed this was a vegan recipe," says JEN78RN. "I was making for a friend's daughter who has egg/milk allergies. I made the batter into muffins instead of a loaf, and they were fluffy, not too dense and had the perfect amount of cinnamon flavor."
Julie Schlip says, "Just took them out of the oven. Delicious. I only used a little over 1 cup sugar and used 1 cup applesauce instead of oil. Also put in some chopped pecans and raisins."
Zucchini and chard are cooked with bacon, onion, and garlic, and baked in an egg and cheese batter to make a savory take on zucchini muffins. Reviewer MeganP loved them, but described them as being more like a crustless quiche than a muffin.
Make up a batch of carrot zucchini muffins for quick grab-and-go breakfasts. With bananas, oats, yogurt, coconut, pecans, dried cherries, and whole wheat flour in the mix, there's plenty to keep you filled up until lunch.Reviewer rsinner says, "Since I am not a person who usually likes healthy muffins, I can say these have changed my mind."
Recipe creator Pan Ziegler Lutz said she developed this zucchini cheese bread when she wanted a muffin to have with a chicken dinner, and adds that they make a great quick breakfast, too.
There's nothing shy about this zucchini bread. CNM Catering says, ""I love zucchini bread and jalapenos and with the bounty of both coming out of my garden I figured I'd mix the two together. The jalapenos add just the right amount of heat. You can add walnuts and/or raisins, if desired."