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Apple Zucchini Bread Recipe

Apple Zucchini Bread Recipe

Since apples and zucchini are so abundant in this area, it's only natural that the two be used together in one recipe. I really don't know the origin of this bread, but I do know it's been one of my favorites for many years. —Patti Dillingham, Scranton, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded peeled apples
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs. Add oil, sugars and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in zucchini, apples and pecans (batter will be stiff). Spoon into three greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 3 loaves.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 185 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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Lynnefa User ID: 5619753 271693
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2017

"Love this recipe!"

bikernut User ID: 5193358 256157
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"Ok recipe, not sure of the reason for the apples as we couldn't taste them at all all. May make again but with more apples."

suzanne14613 User ID: 5769880 244292
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"love this recipe have made it many times, so many fruits you can add for an additional flavor."

LeslieKernozek User ID: 2188900 235762
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Awesome just the way the recipe is stated!"

Mandy257 User ID: 6312943 234918
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"The bread tasted wonderful. The whole family loved it. DH took some to work, and someone requested the recipe. It was a big hit. The inside was moist, and the outside was nice and crunchy. Mmmmm"

JCV4 User ID: 628113 233605
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"The bread stayed nice and moist. Everyone loved it!"

cathybuxy User ID: 449274 233457
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"This bread was too heavy. Too much oil."

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 233268
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"Omitted nuts and used cinnamon chips. Peeled the zucchini and squeezed out most of the liquid. Sprinkle of raw sugar on top for a nice sparkle and crunch. I had to increase the baking time by about 10 minutes."

lambychops User ID: 8536797 233053
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"wow and yum! I read the reviews and did reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup and also used half oil, half apple sauce and used 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. I also used egg beaters (cholesterol issues) and added another cup of zucchini. I needed to increase the bake time by 5 minutes but this is a delicious recipe"

Rauenberg User ID: 1881212 232655
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"This is my favorite recipe for Apple Zucchini bread. I also cut the amount of the sugars in half. I also added Craisins and walnuts. I give these loaves out to my neighbors for Christmas and they love them."

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 232071
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"This was a real hit with my family. We all loved it."

ciarabelle User ID: 4008243 231539
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"Can i use Apple sauce instead of shredded apple? (apples aren't yet in season but i can't keep up w/ the summer squash lol)"

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 231529
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"I made this bread today, and I loved it. Very moist. I decrease the brown sugar by 1/2 cup and next time I will use 1/2 wheat flour. It made 3 loaves. I always like to make a recipe just like it was printed, then I change it. But I knew I could reduce the sugar. I used walnuts and pecans. It is so good."

nickymp User ID: 6633648 231377
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Super yummy. It was a big hit. Thank you for sharing!"

Bcooks User ID: 5204614 228958
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Very good. I did use 1 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup oil for the 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil. I also decreased the sugar to 1.5 cups. It was still plenty sweet. Divided batter between 2 9x5 bread pans. They were done between the same 50-55 minutes, but I thought it would take longer."

HappyAKMom User ID: 6442124 12169
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Wish the pieces of apple had been a bit bigger. This is a very moist bread and I received many compliments from it."

noramh User ID: 4384082 39782
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014


sprtsfn User ID: 6186513 41954
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"A very good bread-moist and full of flavor. Since I had made so much of my own applesauce, I substituted my applesauce for the oil at a 1:1 ratio!"

mrsrfwii User ID: 6443886 16392
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"I just made this recipe and it turned out yummy! I only used 1 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar and could probably use less next time. I also used 2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups white flour. I made a loaf and a bunch of mini muffins and they turned great. My picky 4 year old just gobbled one up."

sfechner User ID: 7058350 33931
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"I would add some more cinnamon and nutmeg and maybe a little cloves"

miller4347 User ID: 2915542 33930
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Love this bread."

ssebold User ID: 6566277 40107
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"I made this today and thought it was very good, I loved the added apples! I will be making this again with zucchini from my garden and will be freezing some loaves for the coming winter months! Thanks for this recipe!"

cakelover55 User ID: 7790520 15528
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"My husband and I thought this bread was fantastic! Moist and delicious and easy to make. It's a keeper!"

lhojnacki User ID: 5417783 14564
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"robinc58 .. I have not made this yet, but will be. I always reduce the amount of sugar listed in recipes with great results. If a recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar I reduce it down to 1 1/2 cups. For this recipe I will probably also reduce the brown sugar down to 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup. Hope this helps."

Sparrowgirl User ID: 7703786 201627
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Cannot wait to make this!! Psyched!!Thank you!!!"

barbok User ID: 5085001 69300
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"I have not yet made this particular loaf, but I will soon. I have made a recipe of banana bread that made one loaf per recipe. For gifts I put one half of the batter in the smaller pan and got two nice loaves for gifts. Perhaps you would get 6 small loaves from this recipe. Smaller does mean that you must watch the oven closely for doneness. Good luck."

robinc58 User ID: 6357102 14561
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014 Edited Sep. 4, 2014

"Ijojnacki .. Thanks, I usually do reduce the sugars to but am never sure how much. I was thinking I heard once that you can go a 1/3 less on sugars and shortenings."

smvac User ID: 2998052 39781
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"You can still give them a five star rating even if you have not made it. Doesn't seem fair to give less if you have not even tried it."

Ceege User ID: 730520 201626
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"I have not made this recipe yet but I am rating it because it will not allow me to review unless I rate. Does anyone know how to figure out how many loaves this would make if using the small disposable aluminum pans that are approximately 5" x 3". These would make such great gifts in the smaller size. Thanks for any help you can give me."

dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 39780
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"I just finished making this recipe and it is excellent. Since I had recently canned a bunch of cinnamon applesauce, I used that in place of the oil and reduced the cinnamon to 1/2 tsp. Worked great, and gave a nice apple flavor throughout the loaf. Added to my recipe box!"

[email protected] User ID: 1289836 14560
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"Yummy and easy!"

emsschelly User ID: 7838092 38110
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"It was good, but I found it a bit too sweet for my taste. I wonder if it would be okay to reduce the sugar. I used the applesauce in place of the vegetable oil. That was a good idea."

lidldebby User ID: 1773791 69299
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014 Edited Sep. 3, 2014

"I made this recipe with a few adjustments. I used applesauce in place of the vegetable oil (no veggie oil in the pantry but applesauce is an equal ratio substitution), 2 c. wheat flour 2 c. all purpose flour (because that's what I had on hand), 2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg (although this may have been too much me thinks), 2 apples (peeled, cored and shredded), omitted the pecans and baked for 60 mins. in a convection oven set at 325 degrees F. Turned out very moist and tasty! Prepared this in 3 loaf pans and was the perfect amount of batter. Sending the hubby to work with a couple loaves to share.

*** update... The hubster said this got nothing but compliments from coworkers!! He inhaled an entire loaf himself in about 3 days!! Definitely saving THIS recipe in the Favorites File!"

pallybaker User ID: 7678766 14559
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apple always do well for baking. Jonagolds are pretty good too because of the bite the Jonathan gives to the Golden Delicious."

psuzanne User ID: 6186847 12109
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"excellent, my favorite zucchini recipe"

mdbull4 User ID: 3722378 33927
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Fabulous! I did leave out the nuts... Even my pickiest 8 year old son liked it."

PeggyEW User ID: 4073698 40106
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"This was a big hit with my family and friends, definitely a keeper. Will be making this again."

freeasafart User ID: 6089975 39778
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Could someone please tell me what apples are the best to use for this recipe. Would love to try it soon."

AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 38108
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"This bread has wonderful flavor! When zucchini is plentiful in gardens and everyone is giving it away, we all look for new ways to use it....add this to your recipe box!"

Maultasche User ID: 4551186 15524
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"Good recipe, next time I will add more apple and cinnamon to the recipe. Nice crust, moist inside. Baked yesterday 16 loaves of zucchini bread (several different recipes). Put 13 loaves in the freezer.

P.S. The batter was not stiff, was just a nice zucchini bread batter."

Karen Mackley User ID: 5517406 14974
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"To sbaaco who only rated a 2 stars - you may have done something wrong and not known it. I too, have made the pineapple zucchini bread, but found this to be tastier and moister. I added a dash more cinnamon and a pinch more salt and it was great. Before you toss the recipe, I'd suggest trying it once more and adjusting the spices to your taste level."

Babsy_Boop User ID: 6209926 33926
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013


smschulte1 User ID: 5557470 15515
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"It is very good! Love the apples in it!"

[email protected] User ID: 496070 201625
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"I was extremely disappointed in the flavor of the bread (or lack of it). It needs more spices and maybe more fruit. Will not be making it again. Will stick with my pineapple/zucchini bread which has more flavor."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 39777
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"A very good, moist bread. I can't see how you can get 48 servings, though......the three loaves are small, and there's no way I can cut each loaf into 16 slices. The best I can do is to cut each loaf into 12 slices. Whatever, it's good bread!"

grandmartal User ID: 6287972 41948
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"This makes me a believer in zucchini!! My family and friends can't get enough of this bread."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 201624
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Absolutely the best zucchini bread I have ever tasted. I took the treat to work, and it was a hit!!!"

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 14972
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"It has a nice flavor and very moist texture. My family seemed to like it better than my typical zucchini bread. I'll definitely be making it again sometime."

kandy1271 User ID: 1048450 16389
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"This is pretty good. I just took it out of the oven and had a piece. Next time I might add a little more apple and cinnamon though. Definitely a good way to use up all that extra zucchini!"

ChrissyAnne User ID: 1705134 26158
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"AMAZING! I first thought to myself "what the heck am I going to do with 3 loaves?" And then I ate half of the first loaf myself...Oh my this is yummy stuff! :)"

dsfullersr User ID: 2676078 14558
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2010

"This bread is so moist and delicious. I made it for a class I was teaching and all the students loved it. In fact I'm sharing the recipie with some folks today!"

trichard User ID: 3618588 9282
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"delicious! We used a stone loaf pan and baked it about 15 longer, but the result was a super moist inside with a nice crunchy top."

lattedeb User ID: 752681 16387
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"Very good, would make again. Great for all that extra zucchini."

azneongirl User ID: 1085196 39776
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"It was my first time making zucchini bread. It was so easy and even kids like it!"

Mrs Pork Chop User ID: 2231986 69298
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"Fantastic. Everyone loved it. I liked the hint of cinnamon. Will save this recipe & use it to make the most of my always abundant zucchini crop!"

downundercanadian User ID: 4302163 14969
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"Huge hit for afternoon tea! I substituted 2 cups of whole wheat flour (for 4 cups all-purpose), 1/2 cup of oil and 1 cup of whole milk (for 1-1/2 cups veg oil) and 1-1/2 cups of choc chips (for pecans). A little bit healthier and still delicious!"

lattedeb User ID: 752681 14557
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"This is very good bread. It stays moist and chewy. Makes 3 loaves. Delish!!"

KeriAnnHeibel User ID: 1665359 12107
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"Loved it, so moist and flavorful! As my husbands rates recipes, its a do again for sure!"

jbkulenek User ID: 4188503 33925
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"Re: Apple Zucchini bread

I've made zucchini bread for years, but never thought to put apple in it. My husband & friends loved this. I made 2 batches back to back & they didn't last. I used whole wheat flour with mine & to make shredding the apple & zucchini easier, I used one of those salad makers with the shredding attachment. It's so much easier than doing it by hand. I want to try the mini loaves next."

btw.289 User ID: 3345610 38107
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"i made this for my roommates and their picky eater son loved this bread! i also took some to work and it was gone in the first 4 hrs of the shift!!!!"

melinanie User ID: 1702764 38083
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2008

"I made this with my kids. It took a while to shred the apple and zucchini, but it was worth it. The flavor and texture of the bread was great. The three loaves didn't last very long."

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