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Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe

Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe

I got this Zucchini Banana Bread recipe from a friend at work and now it's one of my favorites. It makes three small loaves, but they freeze very well. —Donna Hall, Wolfforth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, beat the egg, bananas, oil and extracts. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini and walnuts.
  • 2. Transfer to three 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 mini loaves (6 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 175 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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Timothy User ID: 8972260 257058
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"I used coconut oil and 1/2 sugar and1/2 stevia. I doubled batch and came out excellent!!! Made

3 loafs 8x4 . I will do this again!! love it :]"

ChevyJ User ID: 8002781 252447
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Great tasting and easy. I had no banana extract or walnuts so left them out but added some dark choc chips and halved the sugar. I used a chopper instead of grater for zucchini - easier. Doubled recipes and got 4 8 x 4 inch loaves. Added this recipe to my favorites. Very moist. Had one slice and it is killing me to not cut myself another!"

patsy304 User ID: 1136637 250371
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2016

"My new favorite recipe! I'll never make plain old banana bread again! My husband loved it. His friends loved it. Moist & delicious!!!"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 229566
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"These were quickly eaten! I did not measure my bananas or zucchini, ended up with 4 perfect little loaves of bread. Baked according to directions. As a Taste of Home volunteer food editor I enjoy making classic recipes that combine ingredients I have on-hand. Highly recommend!"

LeslieH User ID: 191346 229458
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"Made it in one large loaf pan as well. Awesome bread and so very moist."

yuehching User ID: 224401 163851
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"quick, easy and tasty. My family enjoyed this moist and delicious bread very much. I also made it into 12 muffins. They are great for breakfast or snack. Thanks for sharing."

TammieChronister User ID: 7960477 165859
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"This is SO delicious. My husband doesn't like banana bread, and he loved this!! So moist and bursting with flavor. I didn't have banana extract, so I added another very ripe banana. Excellent!!!"

nramsey User ID: 3436141 95204
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"Excellent! Made it a few weeks ago and froze it, pulled it out this AM and the family tore it up. Extremely moist!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 76453
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"Find this wonderful bread to be **friendly** to a person with Diabetes, myself. Making today, in fact, making *extra* to share!"

Gal76st User ID: 3330418 95114
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"Made this Zucchini Banana bread and the next day I had to make it again because my family loved it."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 150585
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"Moist and delicious! similar in taste to regular banana bread. I didn't have banana extract so I omitted it. Also made mine in a regular 8x5 loaf pan."

smagal User ID: 5715837 208771
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"Great I omitted the banana extract and walnuts and baked the batter in muffin tins for about 18 minutes."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 208770
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"These loaves are so moist & have tons of flavor. They are addicting! They freeze well, just wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. I added 1/2 cup of raisins."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 149402
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"These loaves are so moist & have tons of flavor. They are addicting! They freeze well, just wrap them tightly in aluminum foil."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 165856
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"This bread has such a wonderful flavor to it. I followed the recipe exactly. These little loaves freeze really well, just wrap them up tightly in foil."

amypee User ID: 6378581 150584
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I love this recipe! I'd never made a zucchini-banana bread before so this was my first one and i've never bothered to try any others. It works great everytime! I use Superfine sugar, and I leave out the banana extract and I have nothing but compliments on how light and delicious this bread is."

wayneeboyd User ID: 7384425 165808
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"Changed it a bit. Half sugar and half honey for sweetness. 1/4 cup of wheat bran replaced an equal amount of flour. Used imitation coconut extract for the banana as I didn't have the other around. Skinned most of the zucchni, though that's not mentioned in the recipe. Used 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cardamon. Had to bake it for about 15-20 minutes more called for. Came out kind of flat, not risen, but moist, bananay--with a hint of coconut--and oh, so tasty!"

kakjw User ID: 1670512 169067
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Moist and delicious bread! Great way to use up garden zucchini. Made it twice - my family loved it! Didn't have banana extract so just doubled vanilla. bake in 9x5 loaf pan for 50-60 min. Highly recommend!"

Phyllis Kesler User ID: 1378574 169066
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"I made this 3 times this week, gave a loaf to my niece, she text me "More Please!"

Phyllis Kesler User ID: 1378574 96317
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"I have made this three times this week. Its easy, don't even need a mixer. Its so moist and delicious. Gave a loaf to my niece and she text me "More please!""

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 163850
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"This was so easy my 7 year and 2 year old helped. Taste great I think it might be good with some raisins in it too. This is a keeper easy and great taste!"

Maultasche User ID: 4551186 169064
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"Good recipe. Everybody liked it. I used pecans instead of the walnuts. Also I added a little extra cinnamon. Next time I will add some ginger and nutmeg. The small loaves don't go very far, will double recipe and make big loaves."

Maultasche User ID: 4551186 103198
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"Tried the recipe yesterday. Cut sugar to 3/4 c as suggested. bread was still sweet.

Made the 3 mini loaves. Next time I will double the recipe and make 2 regular loaves. Replaced the walnuts with pecans. My husband loves the bread. Will make this very often. Thanks for sharing."

GreeneAcres User ID: 7325428 164251
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"I just started Gardening on my 2.5 acres Zucchini was the first in abundance. This recipe was perfect!! Like many others reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup much better.

Will make on regular basis for my "Food Baskets""

Smanzi User ID: 1907243 169063
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2013

"Absolutely fantastic! I don't use the banana abstract and substitute 1/4 cup of oil for 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Some cinnamon and sugar on top before baking and it is a hit every time."

Blooming flower User ID: 6805420 67608
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Really good"

Cricket115 User ID: 4205238 122149
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"rated 10.9 by Jason :)"

carolmariezane User ID: 4883006 164446
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"I would make it again with the changes I made from the other recipes I found out in -web-sites. I doubled the recipe and here are my changes.... Added I bit more cinnamon - uped the baking powder and soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons each- Splenda baking Sugar for 1/2 the sugar - apple sauce instead of the oil - "packed" the zucchini into the measuring cup - omitted the nuts. It raised nice and was nice and moist.... Planning on making it for Christmas gifts....."

[email protected] User ID: 976418 67607
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"Absolutely perfect! Replaced the nuts with chunks of dark chocolate. Oh my!!!"

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 95203
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"I haven't made it yet but wanted to answer the person who asked about the sugar. I use Whey Low granulated sugar. Tastes and acts just like regular sugar but only 4 calories for a tsp. Much better than the chemical substitutes. They also have Whey Low Gold brown sugar. Can be found on the internet."

JosalynnW User ID: 6510410 67606
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"What a moist delicious bread! I did not have banana extract, so i substituted it with coconut extract. YUMMO!"

bvsk User ID: 6819955 164250
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"great recipe!! i've made this so many times & it always turns out great. i omit the nuts & the sugar and mix in about a 1/2 cup of honey to the wet ingredients & bake it in a big loaf pan. (i also found the first time to be a little flat for my now i just add about 3/4 tsp soda & a tiny bit more baking powder & it's perfect! :)"

DarLynn4706 User ID: 6637169 103197
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"Perhaps I should have wrung the moisture out of the zucchini in a tea towel or something, not sure; but like another reviewer, my loaf did not rise and turned out very flat. I baked it in one loaf pan, for 60 mins., rather than small individual ones. The flavour was really good though."

annaf27 User ID: 5217952 169061
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"This was such a moist recipe! I also omitted the banana extract and added double vanilla extract instead. I thought that the recipe called for a lot of cinnamon, but I added it anyway. Turned out perfect. I baked my small breads for about 48 minutes."

dzm388 User ID: 724894 208769
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"This recipe is excellent! So much better than regular old zucchini bread, the banana makes all the difference. I double the vanilla extract, use pecans, always double it - it is very adaptable. So moist and tasty!"

Debra47909 User ID: 6703570 95199
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"@ Romausa

There's a product called "Sweet Leaf" (I believe that's the name) that you can use. It's half stevia and half sugar, so you can cut out roughly half the sugar using it. Stevia is a safe sugar substitute, unlike Splenda or aspartame or any of the other chemical, cancer-and-disease-causing sweeteners. Stevia is a plant sweetener. Sorghum is also good for baking in place of some sugar. It's the consistency and taste of molasses, but it's very healthy in that it contains vitamin B17, which has been proven to treat cancer. It's not very sweet but you can use it for at least part of the sugar. It imparts a deep flavor. Brown rice syrup is also an acceptable sugar substitute, as is honey (raw and organic is best). I would avoid regular white chemical sugar at all costs, especially now that they're genetically modifying it. Organic sugar isn't modified by huge, greedy seed companies."

romausa60 User ID: 2227682 67605
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

"Okay gals how can we reduce that cup of sugar? Help!"

raggedycook User ID: 6761746 150582
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"The bread was very Good and very moist, I added peanuts instead of walnuts and it tasted great!"

alpinelife User ID: 5763909 164249
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I made mine into muffins, they were a big hit. So moist! I did similar minor adjustments that other users have done. It seems like this is a flexible and forgiving recipe. I like that! Will make it again, soon!"

LaQuatta User ID: 6742377 169059
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"I added a slice of pineapple crushed. Used a teaspoon of vanilla extract instead of banana extract."

mommyofthecutest3 User ID: 6038413 169058
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2011

"This Zucchini Banana bread is so moist. My kids loved it . Making a double batch next time."

mbelmoore User ID: 6113385 67603
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"Followed the recipe except I didn't All Purpose Flour so used bread Flour instead. I also cut the banana extract and doubled the vanilla extract. It turned out very moist and yummy. My husband absolutely loved it. This recipe is a keeper!"

Angcancook User ID: 4961803 150545
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"My changes...I only had one small banana, so I added another half cup of zucchini. With all that zucchini, I decided to spice it up a little more and added nutmeg and mace. Finally, I'll probably never have banana extract - we just double the vanilla. It was delicious. :)"

mammywalkm User ID: 6069226 103195
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"My family loved this recipe! Will definately make again!"

japroscia User ID: 3527171 169057
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"It was great, I added a teaspoon of vanilla as well and it completed it."

deedubb User ID: 5845630 149401
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"They turned out deliciously. Such a easy recipe. Highly reccomend this."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 150543
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"The bread is absolutely delicious. Very moist and flavorful. Only change, I did not have banana extract (which I don't like the flavor of it, too faky) I used 1/4 tsp. of almond extract. I baked them in the disposable foil mini pans, froze two and kept one out. Thanks for the recipe."

lindaksweat User ID: 4108011 96316
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"I made this bread. It was a big hit at church."

verabb User ID: 5911678 122145
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"like it !! taste really good!"

joan c. reno User ID: 3597726 163848
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"This bread was so good I had to hide some so my husband could try it. I am making this every time I make zucchini bread !"

chefada User ID: 3098732 208768
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"I made 4 x's the recipe because I had a lot of bananas on hand and zucchini in the freezer from last summer. I omitted the walnuts and added chocolate chips and replaced half of the oil with unsweetened applesauce. I made 8 mini loaves and a couple of large loaves too. I thought it was too sweet--but very delicious. Next time I think I'll just scale the sugar back a little."

bulldog92 User ID: 3790244 95190
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"This is a nice change of pace for zucchini breads. I have made several times and it turns out great each time. I have had several complimants when sharing with freinds."

delic1999 User ID: 2405728 163846
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2009

"I have made this may times since I saw the recipie in a magazine a few years ago. It is a great recipie and freezes well too!"

faye_100 User ID: 800026 76452
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"This is a great recipe, I even got compiments from my in laws so it has to be good, an it is so nice an moist"

scout52 User ID: 2456208 96313
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"With so much zucchini in my garden, I am certainly going to try this recipe! we love banana bread and this will be a nice twist!"

Trinodino User ID: 1345028 67601
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"This is by far my favorite bread! I have tried tons of different banana breads and none of them have been that great. This one is awesome! It's sooo moist and delicious. I don't have 3 small pans so I just used one regular 8 by 4 pan and it turns out beautifully everytime. I also didn't have banana extract so I just add more vanilla."

erinseitz User ID: 4258975 164234
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"I loved this recipe. I didn't have banana extract, so I left that out. I have tons of zucchini from the garden, so I will be making this again!"

collector_of_masks User ID: 1627780 149650
Reviewed May. 16, 2009

"I made the recipe as posted ingredient wise. However, I made it into muffins (12) and it was very good. Will make again."

Aneeley User ID: 3143610 103194
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"I live in high altitude as well but followed the recipe. The only thing I changed was adding a bit of cinnamon. The bread is soft and tastes amazing. I will definitely make it again."

fiftyacorns User ID: 2031398 67600
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2008

"I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup as well and added mini chocolate chips instead of walnuts. Yummy."

snmckey User ID: 1512292 149223
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"Living in a high altitude area, I decreased the sugar to 1/2 cup and increased flour to 1-2/3 cups. Substituting unsweetened applesauce for the oil will save on fat calories. Delicious bread."

tisha02 User ID: 3030914 76427
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2008

"Tastes great but I would suggest using about 3/4 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup."

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