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Zucchini Bread

My zucchini bread is filled with great cinnamon flavor. It makes two loaves—have one now and give the second one to a neighbor or freeze for later. —Britt-Marie Knoblock, Lisle, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine orange juice, oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda; mix well. Add orange juice mixture; stir until just combined. Fold in zucchini and pecans.
  • Pour into two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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  • Halee2003
    Jul 24, 2018

    Made this today,followed recipe and it taste like canola oil will not make again

  • Grammy Debbie
    Jul 10, 2018

    A very good way to use up two large zucchini I had on hand. I doubled the recipe and got three LARGE, moist and delicious loaves to share with family on a vacation road trip.

  • verito1
    Sep 20, 2013

    What do you mean by fold zucchini and pecans?

  • dalajohnson
    Aug 31, 2013

    absolutely wonderful

  • PaangoMN
    Aug 27, 2013

    This recipe came into my email box just in time as my sister gave me two huge zucchini. Shredded most and put in freezer in bags but used some to make this bread. I put a little extra cinnamon as I love the taste. Made half batter into loaf and made muffins with the rest. Gave some to elderly neighbors warm oiut of oven and they called saying they loved them. We liked them as well. My concern is the same as another reviewer noted - I question this being 'diabetic friendly'. Will make again. I left out the nuts when I made it.

  • stunstal
    Aug 26, 2013

    So irritated this was listed as diabetic friendly. Seriously? 2 cups sugar plus orange juice and whole eggs? Diabetics, go to an actual source for diabetic friendly recipes. Taste of Home, very disappointed I love your magazine and on-line recipes, but the nutritional info clearly must be wrong!

  • thomsmom
    Aug 26, 2013

    Thank you for this recioe I like that I can use the zucchini and the otanges bfrom my tree. By the way why bdo people look at all the sugar in the recioe etc. and say it is not diabetic freindly. You are supposed to only eat one slice. The sign in my endocrinologists's office says all foods are diabetic friendly, only the servings aren't! Cut the loaf into more slices RogerSwayze and bon appetit.

  • mikesbestgirl
    Aug 26, 2013

    I haven't tried it yet, but as I really like zucchini bread, I'm sure I'll love it. I'm addressing the question from a previous poster. There is no need to peel the zucchini; the whole thing, peeling included, is edible.

  • jennt1981
    Aug 25, 2013

    This recipe was the perfect way for me to use up the zucchini from our garden. I love the addition of orange juice, although I used freshly squeezed. I may add dark chocolate chips the next time I make it along with some orange zest!

  • msrecore81
    Aug 25, 2013

    This is the first time I have made anything with zucchini and it was excellent!!!