This homemade Zucchini Bread is super moist and topped with an irresistible cinnamon-sugar topping. Enjoy now or freeze a loaf for later!

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Best Ever Zucchini Bread Recipe

My first zucchini bread experience wasn’t a good one. We graciously thanked them at the door with my mom and ran to the kitchen to slice off a piece. Obviously I was going to love it, it looked just like banana bread.

We hated it.

The thickest CHUNKS of zucchini all scattered throughout the bread. I wanted to gag. It was like a nightmare. Round two came years later, and while it wasn’t chunks it was thick, thick shreds. That was it, zucchini bread was NOT like Banana Bread and I vowed to never eat it again.

I’ve now eaten more zucchini bread than I will ever admit to you and not only is zucchini bread totally amazing, but I’ve created the absolute most perfect recipe ever. Read on while I go eat some humble pie.

Actually, I love pie so I’m still winning. 😉

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I’ve been thinking about my past a lot lately. Do you know the song by Macklemore, Good Ol’ Days? While I can’t relate to every word of the song I do feel this stirring inside of me. 

Those were the good old days. I do miss them. Or at least pieces of them. I’m trying harder to recognize that right now is also going to one day be the good ol’ days as well.

“I wish somebody would have told me babe
Some day, these will be the good old days
All the love you won’t forget
And all these reckless nights you won’t regret
Someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change
You’ll miss the magic of these good old days”

When I was little, we spent most of our summer outside. Running and playing, watching the clouds on our backs on that trampoline and watching the garden grow. And by watching, I mean working our pants off to keep it weeded and growing.

I remember waking up and the house was quiet. I’d go searching for Mom only to finally see her out there in the garden, bent over weeding or checking on the plants. The zucchini flowers were a sign that the harvest was going to be a good one.

I just prayed she would let me eat the acorn squash because remember, I wasn’t interested in zucchini anymore. All those wasted years.

A few years ago, someone brought zucchini bread to our house and then insisted I try it right then.

Sheer panic.

I slowly sliced into it, all smiles of course. Fake it ’til you make it. The first thing I noticed was that there wasn’t a single strand of zucchini. What is this sorcery? I was a little more intrigued. I broke a piece off in my fingers and took a bite, talking through the whole thing just to distract them from any grimace I might make.

IT. WAS. SO. GOOD!!!! I immediately asked for the recipe, which wound up being the inspiration for the one I’m sharing today. 

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Classic Zucchini Bread Ingredients 

The ingredients for this moist zucchini bread recipe are simple: 

  • Shredded zucchini
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Canola oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sugar

How to Make Zucchini Bread From Scratch

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another. 
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, then stir to combine.
  3. Turn the batter into two greased 9×5-inch loaf pans.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  5. Try to let the zucchini bread loaves cool slightly before cutting into them (good luck with that!). 

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Why Does My Zucchini Bread Come Out Flat on Top?

Do your banana and zucchini bread recipes ever turn out flat? You could be using the wrong sized bread pan, over or under filling it or missing one important step:

Take a paper towel and wipe the top inch of any cooking spray all the way around the bread pan. The bread will stop and cling right there, forcing the rest of the bread to rise up in the middle.

How to Store Zucchini Bread

When you’re ready to store your moist zucchini bread, make sure it has cooled completely. Any warm quick bread that is wrapped will gain too much moisture and create a soggy bread later. Wrap the homemade zucchini bread in plastic wrap or place in a large ziploc bag and store in a cool place.

How Long Does Zucchini Bread Last?

I mean, if we are talking about my house, zucchini bread doesn’t keep at all! Day one and the entire loaf is gone. Maybe two days if Cade and I are trying to not have sugar until the weekend. Maybe…

All joking aside, there is a real answer. This easy zucchini bread will keep for about 3 days.

Can You Freeze Zucchini Bread?

Yes, this easy zucchini bread freezes very well. You can pop it into your freezer a month ahead of time and then deliver little loaves to friends and families over the holidays, or pull one out for a quick treat any time.

To freeze a loaf of zucchini bread, cool completely, then wrap tightly in aluminum foil or plastic or place in a sealable freezer bag and freeze.

a loaf of moist zucchini bread in bread pan

Tips for the Best Ever Zucchini Bread

There are a few tricks to making the best homemade zucchini bread recipe, so I highly encourage you to follow each one:

Finely Shred the Zucchini —We aren’t just talking the small shreds here, I mean buy this CHEESE GRATER and use that small grate side (not the zester). This will make the zucchini so tender it will completely melt into the bread and you won’t have any random strings.

Use Sour Cream — Sour cream is a thick and creamy fat that will bring a great moisture and texture to the bread. You can use any sour cream from full-fat to fat-free. Obviously, the more fat the better the bread, but the difference isn’t enough to go buy one if you already have low fat or fat free.

Never Use an Electric Mixer — It’s not often that we tell you to ditch the hand mixer or KitchenAid, but please, stick with a whisk for the liquids and wooden spoon or rubber spatula for the batter.

Spices are a Must — Banana bread is a pretty pure flavor, but zucchini bread tastes even better with cinnamon and nutmeg. It screams fall and you will absolutely miss out if you don’t add them.

Add a Cinnamon Sugar Topping — This part is totally up to you, but we’ve found that a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar over the batter right before it goes in the oven is a game changer. It creates this yummy, crackly top that is irresistible.

a loaf of cinnamon sugar zucchini bread

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The Perfect Zucchini Bread Recipe

4.10 from 88 votes
Servings: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Description

This homemade Zucchini Bread is super moist and topped with an irresistible cinnamon-sugar topping. Enjoy now or freeze a loaf for later!

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups zucchini, shredded
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar, , or to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray two 9×5-inch loaf pans with nonstick spray.
  • Wipe down the top 1-inch edge all the way around the pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar. Add in the eggs, sour cream and whisk.
  • Dump in the zucchini shreds and switch to a wooden spoon, stirring again, but be sure to not over mix.
  • Dump the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients and using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon gently fold the ingredients together just until a few streaks of flour remain.
  • Pour into a bread pan.
  • Cover the top with cinnamon sugar and bake for 50 minutes. At this point, barely open the oven and slide a piece of tinfoil over the bread, close the door and bake for the remaining 10 minutes
  • Once the bread is done, open the oven door, turn off the oven and let the bread rest for 2-3 minutes, no longer, before carefully setting it on the counter for a few more minutes.
  • At this point, slide a knife around the inside of the pan and carefully turn the bread out into your other hand or onto the cooling rack directly if you are gentle. Place it right side up and allow to cool or be like us and dig in because warm bread is the best! See note**

Notes

If you want to, you can set the bread pan on a cooling rack instead of transferring it out of the pan.
Zucchini bread can be frozen for 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 121IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: All Your Favorite Fall Recipes to Warm up to, Yeast Bread Recipes and Quick Bread Recipes
Cuisine: American

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