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Yogurt Zucchini Banana Bread

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A soft and aromatic zucchini banana bread with yogurt, vanilla beans and chocolate ganache is the best possible way to use zucchinis this summer.

Zucchini Banana BreadWell, too bad that during winter it seems like every day is an eternity, and here we are with gorgeous weather and the time flies. I didn’t even go to the pool this year, I am not even talking about the beach. Must make these two my weekend goals, after I am done with all the shopping, cause you know shopping comes first no matter what. I will stuff my face with this Zucchini Banana Bread and pray for summer to last forever.

Zucchini Banana BreadLets get to this Zucchini Banana Bread now that its again that time of the year when you see zucchinis everywhere. You open the internet and here they are zucchinis!! You go to the supermarket and they stare at you, you go to the metro, and here they are again on a Farmer’s Market stand, they keep calling your name to take them home. Which I did, I took one home and I completely forgot about it. To my surprise after two weeks of sitting at the bottom of my fridge the huge and lonely zucchini was perfectly fresh, so I thought it was meant to be to bake a zucchini banana bread with yogurt and fragrant vanilla beans that were delivered to my doorstep (thanks GOD for Amazon) and top it all with an irresistible chocolate ganache. Because well, you have veggies in that banana bread, so chocolate is mandatory.

Zucchini Banana BreadLast week during our trip to Whole Foods I went a little bananas for bananas, and got way to many, my toddler was happy to munch on them during the week, but we were still left with a few brown ones in just a few days,  I guess I purchased them when they were already very ripe. This recipe was almost meant to be, all the ingredients on hand, the Kitchen Aid had to work its magic and we all got a delicious Zucchini Banana Bread with yogurt and vanilla beans to indulge on.

Zucchini Banana BreadIf you are one of those people who turn their noses to the side and close their browsers when they see a veggie in a dessert and served with chocolate, I must yell WAIT, give it a chance, you don’t taste the zucchini. And here comes the obvious question, why bother using it if you don’t taste it?! I agree, its a very fair question, and here we go:


1. first its cute, come on, who can resist those little green specs peeking at you! (obviously I am very subjective here….)

2. its all about texture people, all about texture! The zucchini will make you bread soft, moist and give it a rich undertone, without using any butter or oil!

3. its a really nice way to sneak in some veggies and justify eating an entire banana bread, because, you know it packs 2 CUPS OF VEGGIES!

Zucchini Banana BreadI almost went with a lemon zucchini combo here, but since I had the vanilla beans on hand I settled on a more classic version, and I must say that I am very happy about it, the vanilla beans are beautiful, you can see the tiny specs in the batter, the aroma is nice, but not overpowering, making for a very decadent combination with the chocolate ganache.

Zucchini Banana BreadThe Zucchini Banana Bread was almost instantly gone, and my toddler loved it, and my husband loved it, and it has the gold seal of approval from my mother in law, she even took a few slices for her friends to taste it!

Zucchini Banana BreadThis Zucchini Banana Bread is the perfect snack, while not the healthiest it still packs a lot of good for you things, it has fruit, veggies, yogurt, eggs, no added butter and no oil, but its still soft and it melts in your mouth. Subtle vanilla flavors, a golden crust covered in chocolate ganache and beautiful specs of zucchini thru it.

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Zucchini Banana Bread with Yogurt, Vanilla Beans and Chocolate Ganache
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A soft and aromatic zucchini banana bread with yogurt, vanilla beans and chocolate ganache is the best possible way to use zucchinis this summer.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10 slices
  • For the Bread:
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted) - to grease the pan
  • 6oz whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 egg
  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • For the Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  1. For the Bread:
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Grease a loaf pan with melted butter (2 tbsp.).
  4. In a high speed mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together yogurt, sugar and mashed bananas until well mixed. Add in the eggs one at a time, vanilla bean seeds (cut the beans in half and with a knife scrape the seeds) mix until smooth consistency is achieved.
  5. In a bowl mix dry ingredients – baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Add to the batter one cup at a time, mix on medium speed until well combined.
  6. Press the grated zucchini between your palms to remove as much water as possible and add it to the batter, using a spatula, carefully fold it in.
  7. Adjust rack to the middle of the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a wood tester inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
  8. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, and let it cool completely before serving.
  9. For the Chocolate Ganache:
  10. Place the chocolate, corn syrup and butter in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand one minute, then stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  11. When the cake is cooled pour the chocolate ganache on top of it.

Zucchini Banana BreadI am definitely buying more zucchinis next weekend!!!

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54 comments on “Yogurt Zucchini Banana Bread”

  1. Oh this looks like the ultimate zucchini bread! I’m loving the vanilla beans in here and that rich chocolate ganache on top. I think this would make the perfect breakfast or dessert!

  2. Love this zucchini banana bread – it looks divine and I really love the decadent chocolate ganache! So good.

  3. i never get tired of zucchini and chocolate combo.

  4. I have so many fresh zucchini in my garden right now so this is perfect! I love that you added the chocolate ganache too. Chocolate makes everything better, right?

  5. YEP I am one of those people who is terrified of veggies in desserts but I’ll always go for a zucchini bread because you’re right you can never taste i! Yours looks beautiful and I love that it’s both zucchini and banana!

  6. This zucchini banana bread gets my seal of approval too! You are so right about the zucchini explosion! I’m seeing them everywhere! I think your lemon version would be delicious too!

  7. This looks so moist and amazing! Love the vanilla beans in it.

  8. This banana bread looks perfect! Love all the zucchini and vanilla beans in here! The chocolate ganache is such a wonderful addition!

  9. I love baking with yogurt. I haven’t tried it with zucchini bread yet, so I can’t wait to try your recipe! Chocolate just makes the bread even better!

  10. I love that you can see bits of zucchini in this. With most, you can’t!

  11. I know! I can’t believe it’s Friday?!!! This week flew by! ok, I LOVE baking with zucchini and LOVE the idea of making a banana bread!!! this looks so good!!

  12. Fantastic use of complimentary ingredients in this summer standard; loving it!!

  13. My Mom use to always make zucchini bread when I was growing up. This version seems even more delicious with the banana and chocolate ganache!

  14. This looks so delicious! I still haven’t tried baking/cooking/eating zucchini, it’s time I change this!

  15. To tell you the truth, I am not so fond of baked bananas in general, but I will make your recipe because your photos make it look delicious… Thank you for sharing

  16. Yes!!! I love anything that means I can hide veg from my boys!!! Somedays it is just easier to hide it than to fight it 😉
    That and veg just makes cakes sweet and moist. Two things that cakes should always be!!!

  17. Looks so delicious! And, moist, just the way it should be. Never had it with chocolate though. YUM!

  18. Love zucchini bread! Must try this one! Pinned!

  19. Yum, this looks awesome! I love zucchini bread my grandmother always makes it with chocolate…Love it and thanks for stopping by 🙂


  20. Oh my gosh, zucchini bread is the best! Zucchini’s are one of my favourite ingredients to bake with – I love their moisture! This looks so delicious, and I love how you added yogurt to the mix!

  21. I definately do NOT turn my nose up to veggies in dessert and I love zucchini bread! I NEVER would have thought of pairing zucchini and banana bread together- WITH vanilla and chocolate! I bet this combo tastes delicious!! I’ll have to nix the chocolate because of my allergy, but I can’t wait to try this bread!! Love the little green specs — soooooooo pretty!!! Cheers, girlie!!

    • Cheyanne, the bread is actually perfect without the chocolate, that’s how I had my slice and believe me its still amazing! Hope your toe doesn’t hurt much and wishing you a great week ahead!

  22. Oh my word! This looks amazing!! Seriously… to think it has fruit AND veg?!! Girl you’re the best! 🙂 YUM!

  23. All of the flavors in this seem to go perfectly together! I am a sucker for zucchini bread, so I have a fork in my hand, ready to dig in to a big plate of your gorgeous bread 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh yum, this truly looks like the perfect zucchini bread! And I adore that ganache on top!

  25. This bread looks amazing! Love the addition of the bananas AND zucchini! Great way to sneak in some fruits and veggies!

  26. Oh my, that looks so delicious. I’ll save in my bread pinterest borad so that I can make it soon!

  27. Oh my goodness, you just took this bread to the 10th degree!!! Banana AND zucchini bread with chocolate ganache no less? YES PLEASE!!!

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