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Turn your zucchini bounty into delicious zucchini bread – so delightfully cake-like, even kids will ask for seconds!

Knife with a partially-sliced loaf of zucchini bread.

Ever find yourself staring at a summer’s bounty of zucchini, wondering, ‘What next?’ You’re not alone! I’ve got you covered with over a dozen zucchini recipes on this site, from zucchini muffins and zucchini fritters to wholesome zucchini soup. But the recipe that takes the cake, quite literally, is this classic zucchini bread (and, of course, its decadent cousin, chocolate zucchini bread). Despite the generous portion of shredded zucchini in the batter, it mysteriously vanishes during baking, creating a bread that tastes more like a snack cake than anything else. It’s a snap to prepare, and if you’ve got little ones around, it’s a fantastic way to sneak some veggies into their diet. Swap the nuts and currants for chocolate chips, and they’ll be none the wiser while happily asking for seconds!

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 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-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.

Knife with a partially-sliced loaf of zucchini bread.

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Zucchini Bread

Turn your zucchini bounty into delicious zucchini bread – so delightfully cake-like, even kids will ask for seconds!

Servings: Two 8½ x 4½-inch loaves
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


  • 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)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and set rack in middle position. Generously grease two 8½ x 4½-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

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  • I got my 2.5 year old picky eater to try this and she loves it! I even cut the sugar by 1/3 cup and added extra zucchini. That’s a win for me!

    • — Christina on February 15, 2024
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  • I tried this recipe because of the 2 block of butter in it. The texture was not as moist as expected so next recipe I will to bake 50 min instead of 60 as I did. A small chunk was stuck to bottom so I will use parchment paper. I like the flavor, it was great. I like chilled zucchini bread so I will try to chill it and see if it softens up. Thanks!

    • — Leslie on December 20, 2023
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  • This is delicious 😋

    • — Eileen on December 1, 2023
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  • Yum! I just made this recipe and followed it EXACTLY (except that my oven runs a little cool, so I baked at 335 only because I know my oven). This is so good. I was a little nervous since most zucchini recipes call for oil rather than butter, but I like this better. The taste is delicious!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • — Patty on October 31, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn
    Question-I have 9 in. by 5 in. loaf pans. Can you give me the correct measurements to use for this recipe? Or if I just use the pans I have and followed your recipe as is would the bread just be flatter? Has anyone tried using the batter for muffins? If so what would the cooking time be for them?
    Thanks for any help!

    • — Pat on October 27, 2023
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    • Hi Pat, If you’re using two 9 x 5-inch pans, I’d make 1.5 times the recipe.

      • — Jenn on October 30, 2023
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    • Hi. I made as written in my 9×5 Williams Sonoma gold touch pan. Came out perfect.

      • — Jessica on April 8, 2024
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  • First recipe of yours that did not wow me like they usually do. I just felt that it didn’t have a lot of flavor at all. I went back to check ingredients and I added everything as noted. Not sure why it was lacking flavor.

    • — Sharon on October 22, 2023
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  • Followed this recipe and just substituted a 1:1 gluten free flour – it is amazing. From a gluten-eater, you truly can’t tell! So if you need a gf version, this works great with substitutions, and the zucchini keeps it moist!

    • — Hannah on September 27, 2023
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  • I have made zucchini bread before but somehow misplaced my old recipe so I tried this one which looked very similar. Followed every step to a T. Ourloaves look perfect but the texture came out more cake-like than a bread, fairly crumbly for whatever reason. They taste really good though, not too sweet. Based on the final product’s consistency I probably won’t use this recipe again.

    • — Katie on September 23, 2023
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  • Hello this looks amanzing! – can I turn this into muffins? I don’t have loaf pans but I do have many muffin pans. Thank you!

    • — Donna D on September 13, 2023
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  • Just made this for the family. It’s perfect! I find your recipes are consistently great, so will keep coming back for more. Thank you!

    • — Deb on September 10, 2023
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  • Wow, great recipe. I love that it’s made with butter, the taste is so rich. Thank you!

    • — Martita on September 6, 2023
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  • Made this yesterday and can I just say DELICIOUS. I didn’t have enough walnuts so used roasted lightly salted mixed nuts instead, which worked very well. The bread is moist and not too sweet which I prefer. Make it, you won’t be disappointed.

    • — Atzi on September 5, 2023
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  • Delicious! Not too sweet but nicely spiced and the walnuts are a great addition. My husband isn’t a baked goods guy but really enjoyed this treat.

    • — Ann-Marie on August 31, 2023
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  • EVERYONE raves about this when I make it! Highly recommended. Easy but absolutely delicious.

    • — Terri on August 29, 2023
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  • As a 74-year-old woman who started cooking when I was 11, I’ve made many zucchini breads. In truth, they’ve all been good. But I haven’t found one that worked as well as this one does, so hats off, yet again, on another go-to recipe!

    • — Robin Stamm on August 22, 2023
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  • The loaves came out amazing! I swapped to whole wheat flour and the zucchini I used was very large (probably more than the recipe called for). I swapped in 1/2 cup brown sugar for 1/2 cup white sugar and left out nuts/currents, etc. The bread is super moist, but still holds together well and is delicious!

    • — Deb on August 20, 2023
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  • Oven was not hot enough at 325.In over 70 min.I uped the temp.to 345.Next time I am going with my gut and set oven to 350 the standard.

    • — Tillo on August 19, 2023
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  • This was my first year growing zucchini in my garden and I wanted to make them into bread. This was the recipe was perfect. I added a dash of clove. I always spill spices and extract instead of perfect measure just for extra goodness, and did this time as well. I also substituted 1/2 of brown sugar for 1/2 of the white. For half of the batch I added raisins, the other half I added chocolate chips. Both are super yummy!

    • — Shanin on August 17, 2023
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  • Just made this and the loaves turned out beautifully. Based on your recommendation to another baker, I increased the recipe to 1-1/2 times (4 eggs) for my 9” x 5” loaf pans. However, the baking time of 60 – 65 minutes for the original recipe was still ideal. I used toasted pecans instead of walnuts. My MIL loved the bread ~ I served it up warm. My daughter wants me to freeze a loaf for her visit later this month. Thanks for sharing your recipe for this awesome buttery treat!

    • — Barbara Shaner on August 14, 2023
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  • I’m looking forward to making this recipe! I have a quick question though, are there any modifications for high altitude? I’m at 6200′.

    • — Karen on August 14, 2023
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    • Hi Karen, Thanks for your note. I don’t have experience baking at high altitudes so, unfortunately, I don’t have any wisdom to share – I’m sorry! You may find these tips helpful though.

      • — Jenn on August 14, 2023
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  • I followed the exact recipe and made the bread today and it turned out yummy. Was nice and crisp and inside it’s moist and taste is perfect . Thank you, Megha

    • — Megha Sree Arella on August 11, 2023
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  • I made this recipe without the currants and added an additional cup of zucchini. Came out perfect! This is now my go to recipe! Thanks!

    • — Christina Walls on August 6, 2023
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  • This is the first ever time I’ve left a recipe review (and I only cook with Googled recipes!) I’ve made this Zucchini recipe about a dozen times in different variations with or without nuts, raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips etc… It’s amazing every time! I’ve also had others rave about it, asking what recipe I use. There are other higher rated recipes but this one is by far the best I’ve found and vetted. YUM!!

    • — Sarah on August 5, 2023
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  • My zucchini bread was dense. Should I have used my processor’s finest shredder tool? Leavening agents are fairly new. Didn’t overwork the batter. Toothpick came out clean. Not sure why it was dense. Suggestions?

    • — JaniceY on August 3, 2023
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    • Hi Janice, Sorry to hear you didn’t love the texture of the bread. No, you didn’t need to use the finest shredder for the zucchini and it sounds like you covered everything else I would’ve asked you about to troubleshoot, so it may just be that the the bread is a bit more dense than you anticipated. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on August 8, 2023
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      • Hi Jenn, love your recipes. Could I substitute apple sauce for the butter, if so would it be in equal measurements? Thanks

        • — Carl on August 29, 2023
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        • Hi Carl, so glad you like the recipes! You could try replacing half the butter with applesauce. If you don’t mind a significantly denser, more moist bread, you could replace all the butter with applesauce. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

          • — Jenn on August 29, 2023
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  • I too made this bread. I used my own gluten free flour, and even one cup of coconut flour because I ran out of my own mixture. Turned out exactly as expected which is not always the case with GF baking.

    • — Suzanne on August 3, 2023
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  • I made the zucchini bread with walnuts and it was delicious! I prepared the recipe exactly as written. Having two loaves was great – more to share!

    • — Lori on August 3, 2023
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  • This was so delicious. I made 2 loaves and it was all gone within 2 days. I followed the recipe to a tee and added chocolate chips. This is definitely a keeper.

    • — Julie Wetcher on August 3, 2023
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