Zucchini Bread + 5 Zunchini Bread Recipes To Make This Summer!

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I apologize for the brevity of this post. I have a long list of things to get done today before we leave for our family vacation. Packing for a family of 5 is no easy task!

This week we received a beautiful zucchini from our farm share.


“What are you going to do with that, Mama?” C. “Want to try zucchini bread?” Me. “Zucchini in bread: gross!” C.

I made the bread despite C’s objections, and I am so glad I did! I came across a recipe for zucchini bread in my latest Cook’s Illustrated. The recipe promised a light and moist snack bread, which intrigued me. Most zucchini bread I’ve made comes out pretty dense and often times soggy. This bread is a welcome change from the bread I normally eat. It is light and moist, low on oil and it even contains a bit of whole wheat flour. It sorta feels ok to eat several slices of it in one sitting!


Place the shredded zucchini in a clean dish towel and twist tightly to release as much liquid as possible. This steps guarantees your bread won’t turn out soggy!

zb0014 zb18You don’t need your mixer for this recipe. All you need is a whisk and two bowls. Easy! Whisk the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately and fold the wet zucchini mixture into the dry mixture. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of raw sugar over the top. The sugar will give you a nice, crunchy top. Who doesn’t love that?



C couldn’t get past zucchini in the bread to eat it. G and Bubba loved it. One piece is left sitting on our counter, well wrapped and still fresh. I plan on eating it with my left over coffee I never finished this morning.

Zucchini Bread

makes 1 loaf

Slightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated July 2014


1 1/2 lbs zucchini, shredded

11/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4  canola oil

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

11/2 cups un bleached, all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

11/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 tbsp. raw sugar


Pre-heat your oven to 325F. Grease a loaf pan (I used cooking spray.) and set aside.

Shred the zucchini using the large hold of a box grater and place in the center of a clean dish towel. Gather the ends and twist the towel to remove as much liquid as possible from the zucchini. Twist a few times. Set zucchini aside.

In  a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Fold in zucchini. In a large bowl, whisk flours, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg. Fold zucchini mixture into dry mixture until just blended. Do not over mix or you will have rubbery bread!  Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with raw sugar.

Bake for about 60-70 minutes or until the top springs when pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few moist crumbs. (Check bread at 55 minutes, just to be sure.) Allow bread to cool in pan on a wire rack for a half hour. Carefully remove bread from pan and let it cool completely. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

*Bread will last well wrapped for several days. Also I think it tastes especially good with a bit of cream cheese!*

5 Zucchini Bread Recipes To Make This Summer!

Looking for a healthy chocolate zucchini bread? Weelicious has the recipe for you. I love this site, check it out!

Need a vegan recipe? How about a vegan zucchini bread with coconut and chocolate chips? How Sweet It Is has the recipe for you.

I never thought of putting molasses in a zucchini bread recipe until I came across whole wheat molasses zucchini bread by Kitchen Simplicity. It sounds healthy and looks delicious. Oh and it is chock full of walnuts and chocolate chips. Yum!

My mom makes the best lemon poppy seed bread. My sister claims her bread is better. I can’t decide, I love both of them. In fact, I love most quick breads so when I came across a recipe for lemon poppy seed zucchini bread it went immediately onto my must make list!

Looking for a zucchini muffin recipe? Simply Recipes has one for you and it sounds tasty!


Jerry’s Banana Bread

_KH10045Three brown bananas sat on my counter last week staring at me. Brown bananas equals banana bread which is a family favorite; however no matter how many recipes I try it never tastes as good as Jerry’s banana bread or so I’m told by the kids and Bubba.

Jerry is my grandmother. I was the first grandchild and no matter how hard I tried I could not say Grandma. Jerry came out instead; family, friends and acquaintances have called her Jerry ever since. She is a great cook. As a kid, barely able to see over the counter, I watched her hands make everything from crème puffs and blueberry buckle to lobster salad and Christmas turkeys. Her thin, wrinkled hands with short nails that were never painted moved quickly with the ingredients. She was a magician and I loved watching her.

She doesn’t cook as mush as she did but she stills makes banana bread, usually at my daughter’s request. C claims it is the best banana bread ever and I agree. It is dam good! I called her the other day for the recipe which she gladly gave me. I made the bread with 2 changes: less sugar and some whole wheat flour. C told me it is not as good as Jerry’s. At least she is honest! I thought it tasted good but not as good. Her magical way with food is real and I can’t replicate it, but I’ll keep trying!

_KH10033I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour instead of 2 cups of all-purpose flour to add a bit nuttiness and health to the bread. I also used 3/4 cups of sugar instead of 1 cup  and it tasted great. C may have liked it more if I kept 1 cup sugar. My girl loves sweets. Also, you will not need a standing mixer or electric mixer for the recipe. Everything is mixed by hand.

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The best part about this bread is the melted butter and cinnamon sugar topping you put on the bread while it is still warm. The topping adds a nice sugary crust which I know is C’s favorite part.


The bread is perfectly moist and tastes great with a cup of coffee. It will last, well wrapped, for up to 5 days.

Jerry’s Banana Bread

barely adapted by me


1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup of sugar (Jerry uses 1 cup but I think it tastes just as good with 3/4)

2 eggs

3 large bananas, mashed

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 cup of whole wheat flour (She uses 2 cups of all-purpose flour)

1 tsp. of baking soda

1/2 tsp kosher salt


1 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup granulated sugar


Pre-heat oven to 350.

Sift together flours, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and sugar until light in color. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Fold in mashed bananas. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely and then remove from pan.

While your bread bakes, melt 1 tbsp of butter and prepare cinnamon sugar mixture.

Pour melted butter on still warm bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Drink with coffee and share with friends!