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the best zucchini bread

Must-Try, Super-Moist Zucchini Bread

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4.9 from 245 reviews

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Standard Loaf or 4 Mini Loaves



  • Baking by weight is always a good idea.  Regarding flour, if you have a scale (this one costs $9!), weigh out 227 g flour. If you are using cups, use 2 cups, but fill them lightly.
  • Loaf pans come in all different sizes. I love these Chicago Metallic standard 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pans and these Chicago Metallic mini loaf pans, which are so handy to have on hand around the holidays. If you use as much as a pound of zucchini, I highly recommend baking this bread in a 10×5-inch baking pan — it’s only slightly larger than the 8.5×4.5-inch pan, but it makes a difference. My quick breads bake so much more evenly in this larger-size pan. 
  • To freeze: Be sure to let zucchini bread cool completely. Wrap in foil; then tuck into an airtight bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature. 
  • To make muffins: Simply, line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners or grease with butter or nonstick spray. Fill cups no more than two-thirds full. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 


  • a scant 2 cups (227 g) flour (see notes above)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup light (213 g) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2½ cups grated zucchini, (1216 oz.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Grease a 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan or a 10 x 5-inch loaf pan if using as much as a pound of zucchini (see notes above). For easy removal, line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper that hangs over the edges. 
  2. Whisk together first five ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients except zucchini. Add zucchini to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Add dry to wet and stir till until combined. Pour into pan. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you have an instant read thermometer, it should register 205ºF or above. (Note: Every oven is different, and different pans conduct heat differently —  be patient with the cooking. It may take 20-30 minutes more. With the longer cooking time, the bread shouldn’t burn, but if you are noticing the bread getting too brown, cover it with foil.)
  3. Let bread cool for 15 minutes in pan, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American