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Lemony Zucchini Bread

Flecks of zucchini give a third dimension to the popular lemon and poppy seed combination in this moist quick bread. My family loves this lemon zucchini bread at all times of the year.—Field Editor Carol Funk, Richard, Saskatchewan.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil, lemon juice and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the zucchini, poppy seeds and lemon zest.
  • Pour into 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 187 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • deb9962
    Aug 16, 2019

    Yummy! Not much else to add.

  • Barbara181
    Jan 24, 2018

    This was so good, my neighbors asked for the recipe. i made this for Christmas and everyone liked the variation.

  • michelea312
    Oct 29, 2017

    It was o.k. but just ok; it just wasn't very flavorful and it was a little too dense or heavy as you might say.

  • keeshabear
    Sep 20, 2017

    Yummy bread especially with the lemon addition

  • Bernstetter
    Sep 11, 2017

    I make this in 6 small disposable bread pans, bake for about 32 minutes. Nice, and easy to give away!

  • kjh34
    Aug 16, 2017

    Delicious and Elegant! I didn't have lemon pudding so I used vanilla but didn't notice a lack of flavor. I also put a lemon glaze on the top which added a nice touch. Will definitely make again!!! Perfect to take away or for an elegant bread!

  • LeslieH
    Jul 9, 2017

    Delicious and moist! A lemon glaze might add some extra lemon zip, but good without too.

  • zookeeperk
    Aug 20, 2015

    A mild lemony bread. I think next time I will make a lemon glaze to top it with as someone suggested.

  • delowenstein
    May 22, 2015

    I recall preparing this bread when it was featured in Taste of Home. I did make adjustments to this recipe by using EITHER vanilla OR lemon instant pudding mix. If zucchini was not available, I used 2 cups shredded apple. I'd also added: 1-1/2 tsp. each lemon extract, butter or rum extract and almond extract and at least 1/8 to 1/4 cup poppy seeds. I baked loaves 65 to 70 minutes at 350o F. in 2 greased and floured 9x5x3" loaf pans. I used a cake tester to determine doneness! delowenstein

  • CWyatt
    Feb 26, 2014

    I'm surprised this received such high reviews. My family was unimpressed with this bread. Not a lot of flavor and really nothing special.