Classic Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

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Bake up a loaf of classic gluten-free zucchini bread that's moist and delicious. Simple, easy recipe that makes the best breakfast treat or dessert!

stacked slices of gluten-free zucchini bread with walnuts and glass of milk on white marble countertop

Mid to late summer starts the harvest season, and usually that means a ton of zucchini coming straight out of the garden. Of course, that also means I gotta figure out a way to use up all of that zucchini.

Zucchini nut bread is a great way to use it all up, and it's so delicious, you can't even tell there's zucchini in it at all. One of these days, I'll come up with a chocolate zucchini cake, but for now… It's all about the zucchini bread.

I love this zucchini bread with walnuts. It has a slightly crunchy top layer, a fluffy inside, and the wonderful flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla all rolled up into one loaf of bread.

And even though this recipe is gluten-free, don't worry… It's a very moist zucchini bread that's just as soft and good as regular zucchini bread.

It's all about the type of flour you use with gluten-free baking, and I'll share with you my favorite gluten-free flour as you read on.

buttered slices of zucchini nut bread on white plate with glass of milk

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important baking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the zucchini bread recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card and how to video.

IS ZUCCHINI BREAD HEALTHY?

Even though we add more than a cup of zucchini to this bread, this recipe is not really meant to be healthy.

It calls for a whole cup of sugar, including brown sugar, making this bread recipe more of a sweet bread. It's a quick bread meant for a breakfast treat or dessert.

However, it is both a gluten-free and dairy free zucchini bread.

If it's a healthier zucchini bread you're after, though, you might try this bread recipe from The Stay at Home Chef.

HOW TO GRATE ZUCCHINI FOR BREAD

One question you may ask is, “Do you peel zucchini for bread?”

The answer is no. You don't have to because you're going to shred it up so small using a grater or food processor, that the peeling will really soften as it bakes.

grated zucchini with grater on gray plate

And like I said, you can't even tell there's zucchini in it. Don't worry about texture because it will be so moist and delicious, it'll hardly be noticeable besides the green specks in your bread.

CAN I MAKE ZUCCHINI BREAD WITH YELLOW ZUCCHINI?

Yes, you can. Same process, just a different color.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FLOUR

To make the bread gluten-free, simply switch out the all-purpose flour for a “cup for cup” gluten-free flour. Cup for cup means you don't have to do any figuring or measuring to try and figure out how much flour to use because you use the same amount.

My favorite gluten-free flour blend right now is Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour. I've found that it's not grainy, like some other gluten-free flours I've tried.

And it makes a really soft zucchini bread, banana nut bread, and lemon pound cake. It even makes delicious chocolate chip cookies.

HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI BREAD

Your first step in making zucchini walnut bread is to grate the zucchini. You'll need a medium to large zucchini for this recipe.

Then you can start the process of mixing up the bread batter…

  1. In a large bowl, cream or mix the sugar, brown sugar, and canola oil.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla, mixing well.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients (including flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon) together in a separate mixing bowl, and then mix them into the wet ingredients. At this point, your batter will be super dry and crumbly. No worries because we're about to add the moisture.
  4. Very Important: Do NOT squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini. Add it in as is and mix. You may need to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure you're mixing everything together really well.
steps for how to make zucchini bread, mixing the batter in mixing bowl

This step is optional, but if you want to make this a zucchini nut bread, gently fold the walnuts in by hand.

mixing walnuts into zucchini walnut bread batter in KitchenAid mixing bowl with spatula

Then pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, and bake according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

zucchini bread batter in metal loaf pan on white marble countertop

When it's done, it will have baked to a golden brown color, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle will come out clean.

baked zucchini bread in metal loaf pan on white marble countertop

I usually let it cool in the pan for a good 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge, and plop it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

It's so delicious sliced up and served with a little dollop of softened butter.

sliced zucchini nut bread on white countertop with chopped walnuts

ALTERNATIVE RECIPE OPTIONS

There are a few things you can do to switch up this recipe.

  • Instead of walnuts, add in pecans or almonds.
  • Use applesauce in place of the egg.
  • If you'd rather not make it gluten-free, switch out the gluten-free flour for regular all-purpose flour instead.
  • Make it a zucchini bread with chocolate chips. I love doing this with banana bread too.
  • Make your zucchini bread in mini loaf pans instead of one big loaf pan.
  • Make zucchini muffins instead of bread. Just use a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan.

CAN YOU FREEZE ZUCCHINI BREAD?

Yes, you can. Just be sure to wrap it up really well in a freezer bag or aluminum foil. Or store it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

HOW TO STORE ZUCCHINI BREAD

If you're not freezing it but rather eating it within a couple of days, you can just leave it out on the counter. You'll want some sort of airtight container or food storage bag to store it in, though.

MORE QUICK BREADS AND MUFFINS:

slices of gluten-free zucchini walnut bread with dollops of butter on white plate with glass of milk

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE:

Grater or Food Processor

Mixer and/or Large Mixing Bowl

Spatula

Loaf Pan

Toothpick or Cake Tester

Wire Rack

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Yield: 12

Classic Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Classic Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Bake up a loaf of classic gluten-free zucchini bread that's moist and delicious. Simple, easy recipe that makes the best breakfast treat or dessert!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream or mix together the sugar, brown sugar, and canola oil.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla, mixing well.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, including the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well. At this point, your batter will be super dry and crumbly. No worries because we're about to add the moisture.
  6. Add the grated zucchini in as is and mix.** You may need to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure you're mixing everything together really well.
  7. If you want nuts, gently fold the walnuts in by hand.
  8. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
  9. Bake at 350°F for about 1 hour, or until the bread turns a deep brown color and a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven, and let cool in the pan for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge of the bread, and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Slice the bread while warm or when cooled, and serve with softened butter.

Notes

*Be sure to use a cup for cup, or measure for measure, gluten-free flour. And if you don't want gluten-free, you can use a regular all-purpose flour instead.

**Very Important: Do NOT squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 243mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 17g Protein: 4g

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