I still remember the first time I encountered zucchini bread as a teenager. I had a hard time getting my mind around the concept. At the time, zucchini was something my mom made me eat, and not anything you would bake into something sweet.
Fortunately, the pathway into my naturally resistant-to-new-foods teenage mind had already been cut with carrot cake. Heck, if you could get something that good out of carrots, why not zucchini?
After one bite, I was sold forever. Grated zucchini, mixed into the batter, brings moisture and tender texture to what is essentially a spice cake.
No need for a mixer!
This is a favorite, true and tried zucchini bread recipe. It couldn’t be easier you don’t need a mixer!
It’s basically our zucchini muffin recipe in a bread form. It’s a standard quick bread recipe that starts with grated zucchini, about 3 to 4 cups of it. It is pretty forgiving. If you use 4 cups, it will result in a more moist and dense bread.
How to Prepare the Zucchini for Zucchini Bread
Grate the zucchini on a standard box grater. No need to peel!
After grating, place the grated zucchini in a sieve over a bowl to drain any excess moisture while you prep the other ingredients.
Note that different zucchini can really vary in their moisture content, depending on if they were garden picked in season or store-bought off season.
A tip I learned from my grandmother is if I grate zucchini and it is on the dry side, to sprinkle water over it, and then let in drain in a sieve.
What Can I Add to Zucchini Bread?
Walnuts and pecans are especially good in zucchini bread, and so is dried fruit. You can also add shredded coconut, a handful of mini chocolate chips, even though i like raisins or dried cranberries. A bit of orange zest would work too. Alternatively, grated apples or carrots.
By the way, I used to also show a second recipe on this page for a version with crushed pineapple. You can now find that recipe here: Zucchini Bread with Pineapple.
How to Store and Keep Zucchini Bread
This bread will keep at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for several days. If you would like to freeze it, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a ziptop freezer bag, pressing out as much air as possible. If you eat it within 3 months,
Frozen zucchini bread will taste best. Thaw it on the countertop, still wrapped, or in a low oven. (More freezing and thawing advice in this post.)