This Classic Zucchini Bread is perfectly sweet, moist, and delicious! Enjoy this bread plain, with chocolate chips, or even chopped walnuts.
Is your garden overflowing with zucchini yet? My parents usually plant a small garden every year and end up with quite a bit of zucchini. When I went to visit recently, I grabbed some to bring home so I could make this zucchini bread.
This is a recipe that I’ve been using for several years now so I wanted to share it with you all. It’s also a perfect excuse to use up any extra zucchini that you may have and you can even double the recipe to make two loaves (you can freeze one for later or share a loaf with someone else!).
This bread is also incredibly simple to throw together. I can prepare this bread and have it in the oven in about 15 minutes and I usually have everything on hand to make it too. You can even add chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or just leave it plain!
To make this zucchini bread, you’ll start out with some all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. I love to add some spices to this zucchini bread because it adds a little something extra to it. Feel free to adjust the spices to your personal preference, but I find that the amount in this recipe is just perfect.
For the wet ingredients, you’ll be using some oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla. I love to use some brown sugar in this zucchini bread because it adds a little more flavor and moisture to this bread.
And, of course, there’s a cup of zucchini mixed into the batter too. The shredded zucchini helps to keep this bread incredibly moist for several days.
Once you’ve mixed up the dry and wet ingredients, you’ll mix them together until just combined. At this point, you can either leave the bread plain and pour the batter into your loaf pan or add your favorite mix-ins.
I love to add some chopped walnuts to this bread, but if chocolate is more your thing then you can also use chocolate chips. I’ve included notes in the recipe for how much to use if you prefer a chocolatey version.
Then, just bake the bread, let it cool, slice, and enjoy!
Baking Tips for Zucchini Bread
- When measuring your flour, avoid scooping it out of the container with your measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour around, spoon it into your measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife.
- Make sure to mix your wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. You want to avoid overmixing the batter, otherwise, it can lead to a denser loaf of bread.
- If you love chocolate in your zucchini bread you can add 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter.
Classic Zucchini Bread
- 1 and 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) oil (canola, vegetable, or coconut work well)
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar lightly packed
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (125 grams) shredded zucchini lightly packed
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, line with parchment paper for easier removal if desired, and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined. Stir in the shredded zucchini.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then gently fold in the chopped walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread into one even layer.
- Bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, carefully remove from the pan, and place on the wire rack to finish cooling. Once cooled, slice into pieces and enjoy!