Make the BEST Zucchini Bread ever with this easy old fashioned zucchini bread recipe. It's moist, delicious and turns out perfect every time! Classic zucchini bread is a terrific way to use up extra zucchini!
If you're looking for old fashioned zucchini bread recipes, this one is for you! This awesome recipe for zucchini bread comes directly from a former neighbor of mine, Grandma Helen, who was a master gardener.
This sweet lady was very generous, and she would come over nearly every week with a basket filled with zucchini, tomatoes and, sometimes, freshly baked zucchini bread.
Not only did she share her bread with us, but she was also kind enough to share her old fashioned zucchini bread recipe. It's classic in that there's no extras -- no nuts, no glaze, no chocolate. This moist zucchini bread recipe just has hints of cinnamon and vanilla, and it tastes absolutely wonderful!
This is a quick bread recipe, like Beer Bread or banana bread, so there's no yeast or rising or anything like that. But, it does take a while to bake.
You only need a few simple ingredients to make homemade zucchini bread:
- Oil -- use vegetable oil or olive oil or applesauce if you want
- Zucchini -- 2 cups -- about 3 small zucchini. Larger zucchini tends to be bitter tasting.
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Sea salt
Do you Peel the Zucchini?
There's no need to peel the zucchini skin. It softens as it bakes, and it just adds texture. If you try to peel it, it will turn to mush as you grate it. There's also no need to squeeze excess water out of the zucchini for bread making.
How To Grate
Grate the zucchini using the large holes in a plank grater or standard box grater. Set the plank grater over a large bowl, or set the box grater in the bowl. Just be careful when you get to the end of the zucchini so you don't scrape your fingers on the grater!
How to Make Zucchini Bread
First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees f. Spray the baking pans with non stick spray or grease with butter.
You only need one large mixing bowl for this recipe -- no separating dry ingredients and wet ingredients here! You can use the same bowl you grated the zucchini into.
After you grate your zucchini, add the rest of the ingredients. Then, mix everything together.
The batter will seem dry at first, but as you keep mixing, the zucchini will release plenty of liquid. Then, you pour the batter into your prepared baking pans.
This recipe makes enough for two loaves. It sounds like a lot, but it goes fast. And, it tastes so good that you will probably be tempted to have more than one slice.
The only change that I made from the original recipe is that I used sea salt instead of iodized salt. Also, I used olive oil here, although my neighbor probably used vegetable oil or canola oil.
The bread takes 1 hour to 1 ¼ hours using 2 standard 8.5 x 4.5 inch bread pans. Bake times vary on your oven and the loaf pans you use.
Zucchini bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean and the internal temperature is 200 degrees f, according to a food thermometer.
Once it passes the toothpick test, let the zucchini bread cool sitting on a wire rack at room temperature.
I probably make zucchini muffins or zucchini muffins more often so that I don't keep the oven on that long in the summer, but this bread is so worth it. To make muffins from this recipe, just use a muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until done.
You can also try Zucchini Banana Bread Muffins. And if you want a savory zucchini recipe, you'll love Easy Baked Chicken and Zucchini or Grilled Zucchini or Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats.
How to Store
Store uneaten sliced zucchini bread in an airtight container, zip top freezer bag or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. You don't need to refrigerate the bread unless your house is hot.
To save an unsliced loaf for the next day or two, wrap in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil or store in an airtight container. For longer storage, keep in the freezer.
Frozen zucchini bread should be good for 3 to 4 months. Honestly though, this delicious bread lasts 2 days tops around here!
There are a couple ways to customize this delicious zucchini bread to your liking.
Instead of olive oil, use canola oil, vegetable oil, or coconut oil. You can also use applesauce.
For a little extra sweetness, add some chocolate chips. I like semisweet chocolate chips, but dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and mini chocolate chips all work great.
Or, substitute half of the white sugar with brown sugar.
Grandma's zucchini bread recipe is tasty enough for me, but if you want a sweet bread for dessert, top with honey butter, a light glaze, or even cream cheese frosting.
The BEST Zucchini Bread
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 cup oil I used olive oil
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups grated zucchini about 3 small
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Lightly grease 2 loaf pans
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until batter is wet
- Pour evenly into 2 loaf pans
- Bake for about 1 to 1 ¼ hours or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean
- Remove from oven, allow to cool, then remove from pans, and slice when ready
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
This easy zucchini bread may be an old recipe, but it's one of the best recipes for late summer mornings with a cup of coffee or a quick sweet tooth satisfier! I hope you enjoy this best zucchini bread recipe as much as my family does!
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Recipe was originally published in 2016. It has been updated in 2022 for clarity and new tips.
This zucchini bread sounds incredible!! I bet it tastes amazing!
Allyson Zea says
Wow this zucchini bread looks delicious!!! I love how it has fresh vegetables and we always have a TON of zucchini in our garden!
Thanks! I wish I had luck with growing zucchini!
This bread turned out perfectly moist!
Awesome, Cathy! So glad you liked it!
My neighbor just brought me a whole basket of zucchini so this couldn't have come at a better time. Love how moist and delicious this is!
Thanks so much, Jen! Glad you liked it!
katerina @ diethood.com says
This zucchini bread sounds SO delicious!! I can't wait to try it!
This Zucchini Bread looks incredibly delicious!
Thanks so much, Erin! Hope you try it!
Dorothy Reinhold says
Just pulled a loaf out of the oven! Soooo good.
Awesome! Thank you so much!
Hi! This recipe is perfect! Was just what I needed with the extra zucchini but no time to run out for "special" ingredients. I had to make some allergy-friendly swaps and it is still delicious! THANK YOU!!
That's wonderful, Ashley! So glad you liked it! 🙂
Mary Bostow says
Thank you for sharing at Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!!
Miz Helen says
Your Zucchini Bread looks so moist and delicious, I would love it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today. Have a great day and come back soon!
Cookin Canuck says
It sounds as though you had a fantastic neighbor! You just can't beat a great zucchini bread recipe.
Oh, definitely. Good neighbors are priceless!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
You can never go wrong with a classic. Looks wonderful!
Thanks, Renee. We all loved it!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
I have a garden bursting with zucchini and making bread is always such a great, healthy and tasty way of using it up!
That sounds wonderful. I wish our garden had actually grown this year!
Katerina @ Diethood says
I love everything about this bread, especially the zucchini!! Can't wait to give it a try! 🙂
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
The classic recipes are well loved for a good reason, eh? Adore your old recipe card, too.
Thanks, Dorothy. I just had to include it in the picture!
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
I love zucchini bread and I know we'll be getting lots of zucchini soon from our CSA! Looking forward to trying your recipe!
Thanks so much! I need to find a CSA around here. 🙂