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Zucchini Bread: Healthy, Delicious, and Full of Flavor

Updated on August 15, 2017
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FlourishAnyway is a mom, a psychologist, and a picky eater who enjoys cooking. She believes that food nourishes the soul.

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Even the pickiest eaters will enjoy this zucchini bread.  With an apple, bananas, and zucchinis packed in there, it's healthy as well as delicious.  (You're welcome.)
Even the pickiest eaters will enjoy this zucchini bread. With an apple, bananas, and zucchinis packed in there, it's healthy as well as delicious. (You're welcome.) | Source

Bake Something Delicious with Those Zucchinis

I admit it. I'm a picky eater. You say "zucchini," and I say "ewww." I was convinced it was neither worthy of growing in a garden nor using in a recipe, at least not in my kitchen. (Sometimes I just get against some foods, you know?)

All that changed, however, when I fell in love with this zucchini bread recipe. With an apple, two very ripe bananas, and two to three medium zucchinis, this moist sweet bread is full of both flavor and health benefits (e.g., fiber, and potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and C). When you make it in mini-loaves, zucchini bread also makes the perfect snack cake and finger food for both adults and kids alike.

This recipe has become a family favorite. My dad shares the bounties of his garden with my family, including his zucchinis and apples. In return, I bake mini zucchini loaves—some to eat now and some to freeze for the winter.

Even if you're not a fan of zucchini, do yourself a favor and try this recipe. It's a great way to sneak healthy goodness into your diet without compromising on taste. Enjoy!

Zucchinis vary in quality, so pick yours carefully.    It can impact the taste of your recipe.  There is no need to peel the skin off zucchinis.  However, remove the ends and wash the outside well.
Zucchinis vary in quality, so pick yours carefully. It can impact the taste of your recipe. There is no need to peel the skin off zucchinis. However, remove the ends and wash the outside well. | Source

Tips on How to Select a Good Zucchini

Feature
Tip
Size
Select medium zucchinis that are no longer than 6-8 inches. Avoid large zucchinis, as they may taste somewhat bitter and have large seeds.
Color
Look for zucchinis that are brightly and uniformly colored, glossy rather than dull, and those that carry no nicks or cuts.
Stem
Zucchinis with a significant chunk of stem remaining will last longer.
Feel
Feel the zucchini's firmness. Overly soft or flexible zucchinis indicate overripeness, including large seeds and stringly dry pulp inside -- not what you want.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6 mini-loaves

Start with Quality Ingredients

Those over-ripe bananas may look yucky, but don't throw them out.  They will help make an extra tasty zucchini bread.  (And you thought they were only good for banana bread.)
Those over-ripe bananas may look yucky, but don't throw them out. They will help make an extra tasty zucchini bread. (And you thought they were only good for banana bread.) | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 apple, peeled and processed through blender
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups zucchini, peeled and grated (2-3 medium zucchinis)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Yummy Goodness

Piping hot out of the oven, these babies are cooling patiently on wire racks.  They'll be ready to eat soon!  Get your cold glass of milk ready.
Piping hot out of the oven, these babies are cooling patiently on wire racks. They'll be ready to eat soon! Get your cold glass of milk ready. | Source

Instructions for Zucchini Bread

  1. Set oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour your mini loaf pans, and set them aside. (I prefer mini loaves because they make this zucchini bread perfect finger food.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, add egg whites, mashed bananas, vegetable oil, finely blended up apple, two types of sugar, vanilla, and grated zucchini. Use a hand mixer to ensure your ingredients are well integrated.
  4. Add your moist mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and combine well using the hand mixer. Scraping the side of bowl as you go.
  5. Stir in the white chocolate chips and nuts (optional), blending well.
  6. Pour the mixture into greased and floured mini loaf pans, and bake at 325 degrees Fahreheit for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Note: If you prefer 2 regular sized bread loaves, the cook time is 50-60 minutes.)
  7. Set the baked loaves on wire racks for 5-10 minutes. Then, gently invert the loaves to release them from the pan. Allow the loaves to continue cooling on the wire racks. When cool, pre-slice the loaves (6 slices per loaf) and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. They store well in the freezer.

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Step 2:  Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.Step 3:  In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to combine egg whites, mashed bananas, vegetable oil, finely blended up apple, two types of sugar, vanilla, and zucchini.Steps 4 & 5:  Add moist mixture to dry mixture.  Combine well.  Add nuts and white chocolate chips.Step 6:  Pour into greased and floured mini loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees Fahreheit for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Step 2:  Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
Step 2: Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl. | Source
Step 3:  In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to combine egg whites, mashed bananas, vegetable oil, finely blended up apple, two types of sugar, vanilla, and zucchini.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to combine egg whites, mashed bananas, vegetable oil, finely blended up apple, two types of sugar, vanilla, and zucchini. | Source
Steps 4 & 5:  Add moist mixture to dry mixture.  Combine well.  Add nuts and white chocolate chips.
Steps 4 & 5: Add moist mixture to dry mixture. Combine well. Add nuts and white chocolate chips. | Source
Step 6:  Pour into greased and floured mini loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees Fahreheit for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Step 6: Pour into greased and floured mini loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees Fahreheit for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. | Source

Did You Know? Interesting Facts About Zucchini

 
 
 
Although often treated as a vegetable (like the tomato), the zucchini is actually a fruit.
One zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
The zucchini's flower is edible.
Hayward, California is the zucchini capital of the world. The town holds a Zucchini Festival the third week in August every year.
Mature zucchinis can grow as large as a baseball bat! However, zucchinis this large have large seeds, are fibrous, and taste bitter. Pick them much earlier!
The Italians first brought the zucchini to America in the 1920s. The word "zucchini" comes from the Italian word "zucca," meaning "squash."
August 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day. There's also a National Zucchini Bread Day celebrated in late April.
Like pumpkins and cucumbers, zucchinis can contain natural toxins called "cucurbitacins." They can be caused by dry weather and irregular watering and taste bitter to humans.
One zucchini is a "zucchina."

Slice of Zucchini Bread

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 166
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 110 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2017 FlourishAnyway

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      thebiologyofleah - I hope you do get to try it! Thanks for your kind sentiments and for stopping by.

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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 4 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      I love zucchini so I don't need much convincing to eat it. But I love your original recipe. I have used both apple and zucchini together in other dishes but I am intrigued by the addition of banana as well. Curious to try this. Great article, love all the bonus information you packed in about zucchini.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA

      Devika - I hope you get a chance to try this! It's good.

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      DDE 6 weeks ago

      We plant our own Zucchini and love it! I haven't tried it for this type of recipe.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA

      Angel - Thanks for coming by. I hope you get a chance to try this wonderful z bread!

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      Angel Guzman 6 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Yay dessert with fruit and vegetables! Mmm looks awesome! I want some!! :( lol

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      FlourishAnyway 6 weeks ago from USA

      Catherine - It's one of those things that grows easily but then you wonder what to do with your bounty. I hope you get to try this recipe.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

      I grew zucchini in my garden for a couple of years. They are prolific and I was overwhelmed with zucchini. I had to find a way to use them and one way was zucchini bread. I don't remember what recipe I used, but yours looks to be delicious.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Peggy - Thank you for the kind kudos. I hope you will give the recipe a try when you have a chance.

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago

      Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks! I also liked learning a few other things like the singular name for zucchini and choosing ones with longer stems to prolong the freshness. Interesting!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Dora, It's delicious! I'd take some over to you if we were neighbors, dear lady.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, I've had zucchini bread, but I wish I can taste yours. Thanks for the recipe.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Laura - I hope you do try it. I was hooked on the first taste. Everyone I share this with loves it.

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      Laura Smith 2 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I love zucchini bread. I've made apple and banana bread separately, but I never thought of combining all three together. I'll definitely have to try this once I harvest my zucchini.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Clive - Glad you like it! If this were the internet, I'd invite all my Hub friends over to share some zucchini bread and a tall glass of milk. But alas it is.

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      Clive Williams 2 months ago from Nibiru

      Well...i aint no baker. But the zucchini bread looks delicious.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Devika - Glad you'd like to try it. I hope you will certainly do so. Zucchnini is a commonly grown garden "vegetable" (technically a fruit) in America.

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      DDE 2 months ago

      A unique recipe and I so like to to try it.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Ryan - It's technically a fruit. And I promise, it's good. Kinda like banana bread. I see you're picky like me! Ha ha!

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I love zucchini. Especially on the grill. But in a bread? I don't know if I can bring myself to try it. Well, if you shared this recipe than I am willing to try. I have never had it. I am more of a fruit bread person.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Jo - I hope you'll try the recipe. Maybe you should share some of those recipes for eating it other ways!

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      Jo Miller 2 months ago from Tennessee

      I make and freeze zucchini bread every year, but I also like zucchini cooked other ways. I like to saute it, usually with other vegetables, fresh out of the garden. Fresh and delicious.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Linda - I'm glad you approve! Hope you'll get a chance to try it. It's really good!

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      As I started reading this article, I guessed that it was going to include a great recipe and thought that the only thing needed to make the recipe perfect would be chocolate chips. Then I saw that you had included them. Thanks, Flourish! I love all kinds of chocolate.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thank you for that kind comment. Anyone who was lucky enough to get some zucchinis for National Leave a Zucchini on Your Neighor's Porch Day now knows what to do with them!

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh oh, I think I just lost my place in line for presenting great cooking recipes. This is great my friend. By the way, I think August 10 was "national leave a zucchini on your neighbor's porch day".

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Heidi - You really don't taste the zucchini in this bread. I'm a picky eater with a longer list of vegetables I dislike than those I like (although technically this one is a fruit). You might try it if you run out of chocolate recipes or someone gives you a bunch of zucchinis like my dad did to me. It was a pleasant surprise.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Steve - I hope you'll try it.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 months ago from Chicago Area

      A break from the playlists!

      I'm not a fan of zucchini either. Funny story. Hubby accidentally picked up a zucchini at the store and thought it was a cucumber. Surprised the heck out of him! :)

      That being said, this sounds like an awesome bread. One day, when I rustle up the ambition to cook/bake, I'll have to remember this one.

      Thanks for sharing your multiple talents with us. Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      stevarino - Glad you approve!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Larry - Zucchini is plentiful this time of year in particular, so give it a try. Many people like it in zucchini bread, but you can also shread it and sneak it in spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, or other dishes (just reduce the liquid in the recipe a bit). It gives a health kick with little to no change to the taste.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Suhail - It's really delicious! Perfect food for those hikes you take!

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      Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

      You know as huge a fan as I am of food, I'm ashamed to say I've never had zucchini bread. I've heard of it. I've had more exotic foods in my lifetime than most, but just haven't had it yet.

      If I get a chance, I'll give your recipe a try. Thanks for this intriguing recipe.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      OK, FlourishAnyway, this one goes to my wife to try her hands on ha-ha!

      Regards,

      Suhail

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      Steve Dowell 2 months ago from East Central Indiana

      Mmmmm, this looks awesome good!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      cfjots - I hope you'll try it. It's a crowd pleaser and also a great way to use extra over-ripe bananas.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Mary - I always adapt recipes slightly for my own use. I hope you will give this one a try. It's really good.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Bill - Zucchini bread is marvelous. Pick those suckers soon and bake that bread.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Debangee - Thanks. I hope you will try it.

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      cfjots 2 months ago from Conway, SC

      It sounds like it would be delicious. I will have to make it sometime.

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      I haven't had zucchini bread in ages, which is a shame because I love it. I can see the bananas adding to the moisture and never thought of putting chocolate chips, white or otherwise into in. Of course I am never adverse to adding chocolate to anything! LOL

      I haven't had much success growing it in my garden but should try again.

      I always love to read about other people's twist on recipes I know. It makes eating fun.

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      About thirty feet from where I'm now sitting we have some humongous zucchinis growing and yes, they will become bread. Love it warm right out of the oven, butter melting on it...the smell to die for....yum!

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 2 months ago from India

      Looks very yummy! I'll try it for sure.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Delia - Although I'm a chocolate lover, too, this recipe is really not so much about the white chocolate chips as it is the mixture of flavors. Many people argue that white chocolate isn't "real" chocolate anyway. Of course I'm not stopping you from modifying this recipe to your own liking.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Symbad - So glad this sounds good to you. My daughter, nieces and nephews love this and I don't even mention it's healthy.

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      Delia Almestica Griffin 2 months ago from United States Virgin Islands

      1cup of white chocolate chip is all I can put in this mix? Can I add an extra cup to give it more of a chocolate taste? Will it take away from the zucchini richness? I will like to try this recipe, I just love chocolate in everything I bake, the more the better.

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      Symbad 2 months ago

      Sounds fantastic.!!!!!!! Must try this recipe, thanks for sharing,