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Zucchini Banana Bread

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Zucchini Banana Bread is incredibly tender and easy to make, with delicious hints of banana and vanilla flavor, and pretty zucchini specs through it.

Zucchini Banana Bread RecipeWhen zucchini is in season, I just can’t contain myself, multiple zucchini recipes are rotating in my house. I love them grilled, spiraled and even in soup, but baking with zucchini is my favorite part. This Zucchini Banana Bread is so amazing, its so tender and soft that it basically melts in your mouth. Seriously, this bread just disappears once I put it on the counter. The bread is full of banana flavor, the crumb is so moist from the olive oil, mashed bananas and zucchini, with just the slightest hint of lemon.

This Zucchini Banana Bread is such a tasty snack, breakfast or light dessert. It’s so good on the go, I love wrapping a few slices in plastic wrap and pack them for lunch. Everyone in my house loves it, it literally disappears from the kitchen, even my five year old boy can’t get enough. Try it for yourself and you will see what all the fuss is about! Also, this recipe is so easy to make, that basically there is no way to mess it up!

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Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe

Tips On How To Make This Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe:

  • Always measure the zucchini, I usually use 2 medium zucchini, but after you drain the water, measure two cups packed.
  • Choose smaller zucchini, larger ones tend to be dry, tougher and have a bitter taste.
  • You can also add chocolate chips to this sweet bread. I like using larger chocolate chips, as they add some chewiness!
  • You can also add chopped walnuts or pecans, they would add a nice crunch.
  • You can use canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil or melted coconut oil.
  • Bananas must be brown, very ripe, and easy to mush. Obviously, don’t wait for the bananas to turn completely brown, that is over doing it.
  • Watch the bread closely after 45-50 minutes of baking, to make sure not to over bake it. I like to check on it at the 50 minute mark and if it still needs more baking, check on it every 5-7 minutes until done. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean. To avoid burnt edges, if the bread is still not done, but the top and edges are already golden brown, cover the bread with aluminum foil and continue baking. Make sure you check on it, to avoid over-baking.
  • Serve the bread warm or room temperature, you can also warm up slices in the microwave and it tastes delicious with some butter.
  • The bread can be stored wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for 2 days and up to 5 days in the fridge.
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Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe

Can You Freeze the Zucchini Banana Bread?

Yes, you can. Cool the bread completely and fully wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly. After that wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost before slicing. You can also freeze individual slices.

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How do You Grate Zucchini for Bread?

  • Don’t peel the zucchini, it melts into the bread, so peeling is just unnecessary.
  • Wash the zucchini well under warm water, use a vegetable brush to remove dirt.
  • Cut both ends off of the zucchini.
  • Set a standup box grater on a plate or cutting board on the counter and shred the zucchini by continuously running it over the large holes of the grater.
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Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe

Zucchini Banana Bread is incredibly tender and easy to make, with delicious hints of banana and vanilla flavor, and pretty zucchini specs through it.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas abut 2 bananas
  • 2 cups grated zucchini drain of water
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter and some flour, set aside. You can also make two smaller loafs, for that grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg (if using) until combined.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, vanilla extract and white sugar, until creamy and fully combined.
  5. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and mashed bananas, whisk with the mixer on medium-high speed until fully combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, little by little and beat well until fully combined.
  7. Stir in the grated zucchini and chopped nuts or chocolate chips (if using) until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan(s).
  8. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean if using a larger pan and 40-60 minutes if using two smaller pans. If the edges and top brown before the center is settled, cover the bread with aluminum foil and continue baking. Make sure you check on the bread to avoid burning.
  9. Cool in pan on rack for about 20 minutes.
  10. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool before storing or freezing.
  11. The bread can be served warm or cold.

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27 comments on “Zucchini Banana Bread”

  1. This is something we make when the zucchini comes on strong. Plus it freezes well so we always make extra. 

  2. I need to make your zucchini banana bread since zucchini is in season. I’m always looking for new recipes that use zucchini. This one looks like a winner!

  3. I’ve heard about this style of banana bread but have never made it! Will have to remember this next time I buy a bunch of zucchinis!

  4. I have never tried making a bread yet but I am considering and planning to make some and even cakes too. I guess there is no excuse for me now since I found a recipe already that I can try.

  5. That is such a great looking bread I know if I made some it would go in a flash. I love the texture and banana flavor.

  6. I love Zucchini Banana Bread! When we lived on the farm I had a lot of zucchini, always made this bread around the holidays as gifts.

  7. This bread looks really good. I bet it really is moist and delicious.

  8. This recipe looks delicious. I’m a huge fan of zucchini bread. This recipe would great to make for my family. 

  9. I love zucchini bread. We have a CSA so we are rapidly accumulating summer squash. This is perfect.

  10. I bet this is so yummy. I’m a huge banana bread and zucchini bread fan, so I can imagine how good they are together.

  11. I cannot wait to try this when the zucchini comes in! My neighbor plants three plants! I know she’s going to be bringing some over! Ha!

  12. I never knew you could mix both bread and zucchini but here I am reading about Zucchini banana bread. Bet it would taste absolutely tasty, quite an interesting recipe.

  13. I love zucchini bread and banana bread, and what a great idea to put them together in one! I can’t wait to try this.

  14. Oh, so yummy! This bread looks so perfect!

  15. When we still lived at our old home, one of our neighbors would always get my daughter and she would bake banana and zucchini bread with her. I miss it a lot now that we live a bit far from her.

  16. This bread looks faaantastic!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  17. This bread looks like it has the perfect texture and consistency!

  18. This bread looks so moist. I’d love a slice with my afternoon coffee. It would also be perfect for that sweet treat before bed.

  19. That is quite an unusual combination for me. Zucchini with banana. The bread looks so fluffy, tender and soft. This is a great recipe and like the fact that it can be frozen too.

  20. Oh man this banana bread with zucchini sounds amazing! It looks good too! I need to try this soon!

  21. Two of our favorites in one…..the BEST!!

  22. Zucchini bread is probably one of my most favorite food items in the world. I love when my momma makes it for me… I’ve never tried it with banana, but I’ll bet that would be super good too!

  23. This needs to happen at my house very soon!!

  24. Zucchini banana bread is one of my favorite quick breads! Even my kids love it!

  25. Zucchini is so great for adding into baked goods! Love that you did this with banana bread. 🙂

  26. I have been looking for a recipe for this for a few days and am so glad I stumbled on this! Thank you!

  27. Our garden is brimming with zucchini so I went hunting for a z-bread recipe and came across this one. It turned out fantastic! The one thing that didn’t go according to the recipe was the cooking time. Mine still wasn’t done by the end of the allotted time. I ended up using an instant read thermometer set for 200 degrees. It came out perfectly!

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