Zucchini Bread

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This zucchini bread studded with walnuts and currants (or chocolate chips, if you prefer) is a great way to use up your summer zucchini.

I have at least a dozen recipes on this site devoted to using up summer’s surplus of zucchini, from zucchini muffins to zucchini fritters to zucchini soup, but this classic zucchini bread is my most requested. A good bit of shredded zucchini goes into the batter, but it miraculously disappears once baked, so the bread tastes more like spice cake than anything else. It’s easy to make and a great way to get kids to eat zucchini, although for kids you’ll likely want to swap out the nuts and currants for chocolate chips.

What You’ll Need To Make Zucchini Bread

ingredients for zucchini breadIf you’d like to use chocolate chips instead of nuts and currants, add about 1 cup; just be sure total add-ins (nuts, currants, chocolate chips) do not exceed 1½ cups.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by grating the zucchini. I use a food processor but a box grater works well, too. There is no need to wring out the liquid.

shredded zucchini in food processor

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

dry ingredients in mixing bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked dry ingredients

In another large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar until well combined.

whisked eggs and sugar

Add the grated zucchini, melted butter and vanilla extract.

adding butter, zucchini and vanilla to egg mixture Stir to combine.

mixed wet ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to liquid mixture.

combining wet and dry ingredients Mix well.

zucchini bread batter Add the nuts and currants.

adding walnuts and currants to zucchini bread batterStir just until combined.

finished zucchini bread batterDivide the batter into two greased 8×4-in loaf pans.

zucchini bread batter in greased baking pans

Bake for about 1 hour, or until tester comes out clean.

baked zucchini bread in loaf pansSet the pans on wire rack and let cool about 10 minutes, then turn loaves out onto rack to cool completely.

zucchini bread loaves cooling on rackHow To Freeze Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread can be frozen for up to three months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap, or place in a freezer bag. Thaw the bread overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Lightly toast individual slices for best results.

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Zucchini Bread

This zucchini bread studded with walnuts and currants (or chocolate chips, if you prefer) is a great way to use up your summer zucchini.

Servings: Two 8x4-inch loaves
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (you'll need two medium zucchinis; do not wring out the liquid)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted if desired
  • ½ cup currants or raisins (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and set rack in middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Use a whisk to mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar. Add the grated zucchini, melted butter, and vanilla extract; using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir to combine.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to liquid ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the nuts and currants, then divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Set the pans on a wire rack and let cool for about 10 minutes, then turn the loaves out onto rack to cool completely.
  5. Note: You can also add chocolate chips to this bread. I typically use between ¾ to 1 cup chocolate chips instead of nuts and currants. Whatever combination you use, just be sure total add-ins (nuts, currants, chips) do not exceed 1½ cups.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (16 servings)
  • Serving size: 1-inch slice
  • Calories: 302
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Cholesterol: 252mg

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Comments

  • This is a delicious, moist recipe. I followed the recipe and added some chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins and toasted coconut. Thank you!

    • — Brenda on July 5, 2022
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  • I made this today after receiving a largesse of zucchini from my son. Wonderful recipe! Everyone loved it, and it was really easy to make. The only change I will make next time is more cinnamon, but that is just personal preference. Thanks for sharing this jewel!

    • — DeLena Jones on July 4, 2022
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  • Made today. Very moist, just the right crunch on top but very bland tasting
    Will make again with twice the cinnamon.
    Thank you for the recipe.

    • — Barbara on July 3, 2022
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  • So moist ! Not heavy and dense at all! Perfect amount of sweetness!

    • — Pam hurst on July 2, 2022
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  • Made this over the weekend. My husband loves this one. I shared it with my mom it’s so good! Only change… doubled up on the cinnamon and did not use nutmeg….

    • — Patricia Doyle on June 27, 2022
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  • I just made this and it’s amazing. Very moist and has a lot of flavor. I will definitely be making it again and again.

    • — Nancy on June 12, 2022
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