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Easy One-Bowl Zucchini Bread Recipe

Marlene is an urban farmer who enjoys preparing meals from fruits and vegetables grown in her garden. Her friends call her "Garden Girl!"

Zucchini bread made from home-grown zucchini.

Zucchini bread made from home-grown zucchini.

Zucchini for Breakfast or Dessert

It is fun having a garden. Growing something from a tiny little seed and then watching it grow is a rewarding endeavor in my life.

Zucchini is a fascinating plant to watch grow. It grows fast and provides plenty to see as the stem sprouts, leaves grow, and flowers blossom, showing the gardener where the next zucchini would soon be plucked and prepared for eating. I planted my zucchini seeds in the fall, and as the weather warmed up I began to see flowers at the end of the stems.

At first, each day, like a good little gardener, I would go out to my garden and see what was growing. The first time I went out to the garden and saw a tiny little two-inch zucchini growing I became excited to know that in a matter of time this tiny little zucchini would grow to full size and be ready to harvest. Then, a few days later I would go out to see that tiny little zucchini has now grown into a large six or 10-inch zucchini that I now have to hurry to harvest. Zucchini grows very fast.

Zucchini Grows Prolifically

For my family of two, I planted one seed. From past experience, I knew one zucchini plant would be more than enough for the two of us. With good dirt and excellent growing conditions, our zucchini plant began to grow, and grow, and grow and grow!

One plant produced more zucchini than my husband and I could eat. I found myself approaching family and friends to give away as much zucchini as I could. I began taking zucchini to church and asking church members to take some zucchini home with them. I called neighbors, family, and friends. At first, people were happy to help take a basket of zucchini off my hands, but soon it became too much and people began to politely refuse, saying, “No thank you. I have plenty!” I understood. The truth of the matter is, I had more than enough zucchini in my household and now, so did everyone around me.

I had to get creative with how to get rid of or use zucchini.

I am not one to let things go to waste, so I decided to look for ways to use zucchini in various recipes. In my search, I found many unique and delicious ways to incorporate zucchini into various dishes.

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The recipe for zucchini bread made in one bowl caught my attention because it is quick and easy. All I needed to do was throw a few ingredients into a bowl, mix, and bake. Easy!

So, here it is friends. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And, if I have to admit it myself, it is the best zucchini bread I have ever tasted. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour

1 hour 10 min

24 thinly sliced servings


  • 2 cups zucchini
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease two 9" X 4.5" X 2.5" loaf pans with shortening.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
  4. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pans.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. When done, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Zucchini FAQs

  • How long does it take to grow zucchini?
    From seed, zucchini is ready to harvest in about 55 days.
  • When is the best time to plant zucchini?
    Zucchini is a plant that likes warm weather. Plant zucchini after the last frost date for your area. This allows the zucchini to grow and be ready to harvest in the warm weather that is most productive for healthy zucchini.
  • How much does an average zucchini weigh?
    The average zucchini weighs about five ounces.
  • How many zucchini equals a pound?
    It takes about three medium zucchini to equal one pound.
  • How many zucchini does one plant produce?
    One zucchini plant produces about 10 pounds of zucchini. And, since the average zucchini weighs about five ounces, plan on one zucchini plant to produce about 32 zucchini.
  • How long is the average zucchini?
    The average zucchini is about five to six inches long. Although zucchini can grow to be 10 to 12 or more inches long, it is a good idea to think about harvesting them when they are in the range of five to six inches. When zucchini is allowed to grow longer than the average size, the seeds become hard and inedible, plus the texture of the flesh becomes pulpy when eaten raw and I find the texture to be a little stringy when cooked, plus there is hardly any flavor to it.
  • Is zucchini a fruit or a vegetable?
    Because zucchini grows on a vine, it is technically classified as a fruit. However, in the culinary world, it is treated as if it is a vegetable.
  • How much raw zucchini do I need to equal one cup?
    See the table below to see what measurements equal one cup.

Note: The amount and size of the measurement will vary slightly depending on the circumference, water content, and how tightly you pack your zucchini.


about 1/2 zucchini

1 medium zucchini

1 medium zucchini


This zucchini bread recipe is quick and easy to make. I had all the ingredients in my pantry and after picking my zucchini from the garden, mixing up the ingredients in a bowl, and baking it, I was able to enjoy a delicious dessert in just a little over an hour's time.

The next morning, I enjoyed a slice of zucchini bread with an over-easy egg and it was one of the most decadent breakfasts I have had in a very long time.

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© 2020 Marlene Bertrand

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