Grandma's Best Zucchini Bread


My grandma's zucchini bread recipe is a top-secret family recipe! This spiced moist bread uses dates for a delicious change from ordinary zucchini bread. We like to spread warm slices with softened cream cheese for an extra-special treat.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
2 9x5-inch loaves


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch ground ginger

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini

  • ½ cup dates, pitted and chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9x5-inch loaf pans.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pepper together in a bowl until evenly combined; set aside.

  3. Beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth. Fold in flour mixture, zucchini, and dates until no dry spots remain. Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.


I've used brown sugar in this recipe with excellent results. I've also substituted 1 cup of flax flour for one of the cups of all-purpose flour with fantastic results. Remember that flax expands, so get out a couple of extra loaf pans!

You can add nuts (pecans, walnuts, or pistachios) to the batter when you add the zucchini and dates if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
10g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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