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Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe

Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe

Lighter and fluffier than most zucchini breads, this recipe is a great way to put that vegetable to good use! —Kevin Bruckerhoff, Columbia, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8x4-in. loaf pans. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda, lemon peel, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture, mixing just until moistened. Stir in zucchini and walnuts.
  • 2. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 229 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Zucchini Nut Bread

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emfleming User ID: 4512655 253000
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016

"My first zucchini bread; easy and delicious. Used a full cup of pecans. I will definitely make it again.

The website is frustrating, however, with all the advertisements."

KRothove User ID: 8892167 250317
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

"I used 9x5" pans so cooked a few minutes less. This is a really good recipe, like the addition of lemon, and it did turn out with a nice texture. It will replace my old recipe, I like this much better."

kjbell03 User ID: 2865334 250194
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2016

"My family loves this bread. Because of allergies I substitute 3/4 c of applesauce for the eggs and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for the nuts. It's amazing!"

julie loveless User ID: 2165716 249989
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2016

"I left out the cheese but added 1/2 lb cooked salad shrimp & served open face on french bread with fresh fruit & a green salad. A very tasty "cold plate" f or a summer dinner"

s_pants User ID: 174050 242677
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"Best zucchini bread ever! I make it without nuts for my kids. I almost always use lemon extract instead of the zest because I usually don't have a lemon on hand."

equatorkater User ID: 8232774 242129
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I'm required to rate it. But, I will say this: If this zucchini bread tastes anything like my aunt's I'm going to love it."

riley60 User ID: 2995546 231407
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"This bread rose the highest of any zucchini bread I have ever made! I used 7 3/4 x 4 1/2 pans and the loaves rose 1/2 inch over the top of the pan. They still came out of the pan just fine. The bread is moist and delicious. The lemon zest gives it a sparkle of flavor. Yay for a new go-to zucchini bread recipe!"

Kaitlym User ID: 7721156 231170
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"I made it exactly except for lemon zest(didn't have any). Very good recipe great flavor not too dense and flavorful. Will make again"

mamadawnie User ID: 6678959 230964
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"Made 6 loaves last week! Best zucchini bread ever!"

stollski User ID: 8451067 229635
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2015

"I make a lot of zucchini bread (my garden gets out of control), and my family asked me yesterday to keep this one as my go-to recipe. The cookbook I found it in has a chocolate version, too, so I made both and both are big hits. The regular is just sweet enough to get my kids to forget there is zucchini it, and the chocolate version tasted just like chocolate muffins I would get at my favorite bakery. I am making more today to stock my freezer!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 228318
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"I liked the fresh taste the bread got from the lemon zest. My bread was rather flat, so I measured my bread pans. Sure enough, they were 9x5. That must have been the problem. I still think it was a little bit dense though."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 224115
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"This is a really great zucchini bread recipe. Adding the lemon zest is a must - it gives so much brightness and enhances all the flavors of the bread!"

Missmarilyn User ID: 7989885 81393
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I love this recipe. Very light and moist. Did not add lemon zest (didn't have a lemon) but I did add a fourth teaspoon of ground cloves (I've always added ground cloves to my zucchini bread recipe) it really makes the flavor pop. Of all the zucchini bread recipes I've tried, this one is the best by far."

sugababe User ID: 4625295 81391
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"This a vey good zucchini bread recipe, it's a keeper and will make again."

NEWSMSl User ID: 7949821 86251
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Delicious How long would you bake four mini loaves?"

Jennifer K User ID: 1475505 131251
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

"I have made this recipe many, many times and the lemon zest really adds to the recipe. I have had several requests for the recipe after serving this wonderful loaf!"

Miss Patty 1972 User ID: 7052175 38620
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"Very good recipe."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 50782
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"I have a recipe I use every year for zucchini bread but this year I decided to try something different. This was good BUT it didn't have enough flavor for me. I use nutmeg in mine and it makes the bread taste great and I missed not having it in this recipe."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 114906
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"I have made a lot of zucchini bread and sold them at farmers markets. This is as good a recipe as I have found, Thank You for sharing."

danali2001 User ID: 2512314 36240
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"Very good. For a healthier bread, I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups, replaced 1 cup of flour with wheat flour (2 cups white, 1 cup wheat) and used part applesauce in place of oil (about 2/3 cup applesauce and 1/3 cup oil). Also omitted the lemon peel just because I didn't have lemons on hand."

cbader1 User ID: 7396118 135990
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Swapped out melted margrine and only used a 1.5 cup of sugar. Delish!!"

choclots User ID: 4248782 65088
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"Enjoyed the flavor that the lemon peel added!! I've made it before but not with lemon!!!"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 86239
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013 Edited Feb. 28, 2014

"This is absolutely delicious. It was a hit with all my family members including my grandchildren. I did add an additional tsp of vanilla, 1/4 heaping tsp of cinnamon plus 1/4 heaping tsp each nutmeg and cloves. I am definitely making this again."

pepper1788 User ID: 3150761 118242
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"Delicious. For portion control, I made this recipe into 24 muffins. Everyone loved them!"

edcnlc User ID: 7152881 114837
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"I made this for my grandchildren, but didn't tell them what it was until they tasted it. Every time they come over they want to know if I have some made."

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 114828
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"Great recipe to use up all that zucchini in the garden! I make this in mini bread pans and freeze the extras. I also like to toast the pecans in the oven before adding to the batter. I substitute 1 cup of wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour."

skg55 User ID: 2887326 131250
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"very good and taste, easy to put together too."

popoaggie User ID: 2713833 88365
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"I made this earlier today. I found it to be moist and flavorful. I like the lightness of it compared to some of the heavier ones I have had in the past. I actually added 1 cup of mini chocolate chips to it for a blast of chocolate flavor. I will make it again."

SuziT User ID: 56999 59383
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Found a few extra large zucchini in our garden so I shredded them and made this bread is great!!! Didn't have any shelled pecans ready so I added 1/4 cup ground flaxseed to add a nutty flavor and baked in a bundt pan...bread is lighter than other recipes I've tried before...this will be my "go to" one in the future!! will try the 1/2 cup applesauce in place of oil next time! Thanks for this great recipe!"

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 36239
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"Need to dice up the pecan pieces just a little more. Then it would be five star instead of four."

Cleosuzyq User ID: 6713215 38618
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"Smelled wonderful baking and tasted just as wonderful when it came out of the over. The only change I made was as others suggested - using 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce for 1/2 c Canola oil. Will definitely make again."

Cindy4765 User ID: 6907611 36236
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"Loved this recipe, just added some raisins....... Used a bundt cake pan and it came out perfect :) Thanx!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 205158
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012 Edited Aug. 23, 2014

"A post script: Instead of using grated lemon peel, I used 1 Tbsp. of ground Navel orange! I prepared this recipe again 8/23/14. I'd used 1/2 brown and 1/2 white sugar and 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract. I also used : a total of 1/2 cup each chocolate chips, raisins and this time I DID use 1/2 cup chopped walnuts along with the raisins and chocolate chips mixed with

1/8 cup all-purpose flour. I'd used 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon! I used 1 tsp. baking powder!
I baked breads 1 hour at 350o F. and I'd greased and floured the loaf pans, using three
8-1/2 x 4-1/2" loaf pans! I learned the importance of squeezing the liquid from the zucchini
to avoid a soggy, dense loaf! This recipe is excellent! delowenstein"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 59336
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012 Edited Aug. 23, 2014

"I made the bread today & I did modify it-I used 1 tsp. each of baking powder, baking soda & salt , 1 tsp. cinnamon & 1/2 tsp. ground cloves. 0n my 2nd batch of breads, I added a finely diced apple (Granny Smith) along with the zucchini I had leftover to make 2 cups! The breads baked up nice and high! I baked 1 hour at 350- F. I added 1/2 cup raisins along with 1/8 cup all-purpose flour to 1 batch and 1/4 cup each raisins & semi-sweet chocolate chips to the 2nd batch. I didn't use nuts! I also greased and floured my loaf pans to allow easier removal of loaves!

I was very pleased with the results of this recipe! thank you again, Kevin, for sharing this recipe! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 53835
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012 Edited Aug. 23, 2014

"I admit that I plan to adapt this recipe to my needs & not use nuts since nuts are a challenge for people with food allergies! I plan to use raisins or chocolate chips or chopped dried fruit instead of nuts & see how that goes! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 53817
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012 Edited Aug. 23, 2014

"I haven't yet made this bread, but I am definitely planning to make it! It really sounds delicious! Thank you, Kevin, for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home!"

Jpeck93 User ID: 6276928 110945
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"This recipe was quite easy. I took it to a family gathering and it was huge success. I decreased the oil to 1/2 c. and added 1/2 c. plain yogurt. I also omitted the nuts. Everyone loved it, thanks for a great recipe."

pettymama User ID: 1026286 88363
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"I made this for a friend the other day and now she's asked me to make more for her to give to Teachers for gifts."

debsre User ID: 1502410 36234
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"We all loved it!"

texmexqueen User ID: 3587066 88362
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"yummy!!!!!! everyone loved it..."

shirlstars User ID: 4739243 50780
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Everyone loves it!"

robrose User ID: 4499001 44013
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"Very Good...But,I also add a 1/2 c.of sour cream...mmmm its delicious..Very moist too!!!"

bval User ID: 6151374 38614
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I love this bread!! Great recipe!!!"

sandie822 User ID: 3315924 59327
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"Good recipe, but I also added raisins."

ange120 User ID: 2711254 118234
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"This bread is delicious! I have a 2-year-old and a husband who go through a whole loaf of this bread in less than two days!"

GaylaAJ User ID: 5913102 205157
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2011

"and with Chocolate omg so good"

lanaott User ID: 1804570 205156
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"I have made this recipe for sometime. The only thing that I don't add is the lemon. Since it makes two loaves, I can make one without nuts and one with. Everybody has loved it."

kls258 User ID: 722617 53813
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"I wanted to make this recipe healthier to encourage my kids to eat more vegetables. Instead of 2 c. sugar, I used 1c. splenda/sugar mix. Instead of 1 c. oil I used 1 c. applesauce + 1 T. oil, and a mixture of whole wheat flour and white flour. I used mini-loaf pans and the kids have gone CRAZY for this bread!!! I will make it again and again, using this healthy version!"

gonzales573113 User ID: 1505356 118230
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"family and friends could not get enough of the bread."

quiltingstitcher User ID: 4596769 65086
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"Loved this recipe, it did seem really thick so I added a small individual size serving of plain apple sauce and that seemed to do the trick."

KaylaG User ID: 4763684 59312
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I've never even heard of zucchini bread until my husband told me to make some with the zucchini that I've grown in my garden....I used this recipe and omg! I can't believe how good it is! This is my new favorite bread!"

luvdis1 User ID: 6131203 50311
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"My husband loved it. Will absolutely make this again"

swagner User ID: 2202984 110942
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Great zucchini bread! I omitted the nuts and lemon peel and added chocolate chips. It was wonderful!"

sfreeman68 User ID: 1632237 50310
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"I have tried many zucchini bread recipes over the years and this is my favorite. I only use 1 3/4 cup of sugar; sub 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce and 1/2 cup oil for the cup of oil. I add 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. I make it in 6 ( 5/75 X 3") loaf pans. They freeze well and make wonderful gifts any time of the year."

bvmay2282 User ID: 2514139 135989
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"I liked this recipe alot, next time I may add some golden raisins as well. The lemon zest gives it just the right touch."

grammadebby User ID: 1015752 53808
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Let me add a note to my previous review. This bread was not as dry after it stood overnight. It is very flavorful toasted with some butter or cheese on top. I may try it again substituting applesauce for part of the oil, as another review suggested."

grammadebby User ID: 1015752 38592
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"Tried this bread this AM. It was very dry. We have lots of zucchini and I love bread. I will be looking for a different recipe to use next time."

ladybugksm User ID: 4357218 135988
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"I substituted 1/2 cup sugar for applesauce and took out the nuts and added chocolate chips (in hopes of getting my toddler to eat more vegetables). It came out wonderfully and I will make it again and again."

ladybugksm User ID: 4357218 53800
Reviewed May. 23, 2011

"I substituted 1/2 cup sugar for applesauce and took out the nuts and added chocolate chips (in hopes of getting my toddler to eat more vegetables). It came out wonderfully and I will make it again and again."

johnsonvillebratz User ID: 2115963 205155
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Best, moistest recipe I have found ever!! Love it!"

shanan78 User ID: 5295385 205154
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"Best I ever made!!"

veedwa9 User ID: 5354053 205153
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"man of littlewrods,excellent,needes no changes"

bassangel1 User ID: 3428425 65085
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"Not enough spice. Taste is bland"

housebunny715 User ID: 4567181 131249
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"This bread is SOOO good! Very light and fluffy and SO easy to make!"

nicole1067 User ID: 3227825 118135
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"My grandmother makes this recipe almost exactly however shoe doesn't add any lemon juice and she uses 1 cup of walnuts and 1 cup of coconut. She also added another cup of zucchini for a total of 3. Whenever I make this recipe for bake sales I can't bake enough!! Great recipe and it also freezes great!"

Leslie N User ID: 4364437 81387
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"I used whole wheat flour and no lemon (didn't have in the house!) I made 12 muffins for school snacks and froze a loaf for latter! It was delish! Great recipe!"

RoxyBr User ID: 1566159 110927
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"This is the exact recipe that I have used for many years. Mine calls for 3 tsp. of Cinn. It is very good, especially when the zucchini is fresh out of the garden. I use the little mini loaf pans and then you can give away to friends or neighbors."

beckeypdorn User ID: 3882834 110551
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"I use this recipe all the time and everyone I give bread to, asks for more each year when the zucchini comes in."

djhixson User ID: 3930957 36233
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"great recipe,very moist and sweet,like I like it.I made 6 loafs and put 5 in the freezer."

Jazzmen3 User ID: 3207753 131248
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2008

"very fluffy bread. A little on the sweet side might use not 2

full cups of sugar. But it had a nice crisp top from the sugar.Jazzmen"

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