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Grandma's Zucchini Bread

July 19, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Makes 2 loafs
Author Notes

Zucchini bread was the first way, and for a long time the only way, I would even touch zucchini. This recipe comes from my Grandma Dolores. —Jacqui

What You'll Need
  • 3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350?F. Grease two 5x9-inch loaf pans and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl mix eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and stir just until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the walnuts and dried fruit if using.
  5. Pour equal parts of the batter into each loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack, then slice and serve.

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I'm a Pacific NW native, nature lover and outdoor enthusiast, with a garden behind my home that keeps my belly full. My husband and I have a weekly ritual of gathering with friends for a laid-back feast; it’s possibly our favorite night of the week. My husband and I also run a small handmade and graphic design business called Year Round Co. Please check our work out at

12 Reviews

Kate M. July 8, 2021
Easy and delicious. And used a large zucchini, one down many to go. I used toasted pecans because why not, 1 cup whole wheat and 2 cups all purpose, and added some white chocolate chips (I have a bit of a sweet tooth.)
weshook December 12, 2018
Excellent! I used half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour. I forgot about the nuts and cranberries...oops!
Kait R. January 10, 2016
This is incredible!! I cut the sugar and used half oat flour.

Also did a crumble/streusel on top with pumpkin seeds, pecans, hemp seeds, cranberries, brown sugar and coconut oil.
Jessie G. August 30, 2015
i cut sugar and only used 1 cup and it was still good. I also used all whole wheat flour as recommended and it was delicious and not to "grainy."
Melissa August 24, 2015
The essential zucchini bread recipe. It's what I remember from my childhood. I made it with both the nuts and the cranberry and used all purpose flour. Moist and not overly sweet.
Thomas C. August 31, 2013
going to have to try it with mini chocolate chips in it and in mini muffin pans instead of bread pans
Audrey T. July 30, 2013
I made this tonight using 1/2 white and half whole wheat. It was really delicious and well enjoyed by my guests. The whole loaf was gone within 10 minutes!
Jacqui July 31, 2013
So glad you and your guests enjoyed it!
Harry July 22, 2013
This all sounds like my recipe that I stole from my ex-wife, (ha! ha!). My question is about the whole wheat flour! Will this not make the bread heavy? I am looking for ways to work more with whole grains in the food I make for my Love, friends and family. I have been working with Montana Wheat Co., products lately, just concerned about weight of the finale product.
Jacqui July 23, 2013
I've usually make this bread entirely out of whole wheat flour and it does make it slightly heavier, but I'm so used to baking with whole grains that I actually prefer it! Plus I think it has a better depth of flavor. My suggestion to you would be to slowly incorporate more grains into your baking. This recipe can easily be made with half whole wheat and half white flour and you shouldn't notice too much of a difference. You could also try using white whole wheat flour, which is lighter than the standard wheat.
Muse July 21, 2013
Your recipe looks like a winner...can't wait to make this one!
stingraystirs July 22, 2013
This looks great - can't wait to try it!