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Best Ever Zucchini Bread

This recipe for Zucchini Bread is THE BEST.  It’s tender, sweet, cinnamony and so good!  This recipe also makes 2 loaves which is great, so you can freeze one for later!

If you’re looking for something to make with all your garden fresh zucchini, this Zucchini Bread is a family favourite! I make several loaves every season, and they get eaten up so quickly. I hope you love this zucchini bread recipe as much as we do.

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

Family recipes are the best recipes!

This amazing zucchini bread is a recipe that came from my Mom.  She would make these zucchini loaves every summer growing up and I always looked forward to them.  Now I make these loaves for my own family, who love them too!  The cake is tender, flavourful and very delicious!  And when it’s baking in the oven, your home will smell so good.

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

This Recipe Makes 2 Loaves

One of the things I love most about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves, so you can enjoy one loaf now and wrap the other one up to freeze and enjoy later.  It’s always so nice to be able to put extra baking into the freezer. This time of year always makes me want to start to thinking about getting ready for winter, and having a little extra baking in the freezer is really helpful in the middle of winter!

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread Tips & Tricks

  • Zucchini: If the shredded zucchini is really wet, squeeze out excess moisture.
  • Pan Size:  I use a standard loaf pan (1 lb. Pan: 8″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ high)
  • This recipe freezes well.
  • Make sure to line your loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.
  • Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before eating it.
  • Optional Additions: Feel free to add chocolate chips, raisins, or chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans. About 1/2 cup.
  • Make these muffins with this recipe.
  • Can I use frozen shredded zucchini? Yes, just make sure to thaw it first, then squeeze out excess moisture.
Best Ever Zucchini Bread

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

This recipe for Zucchini Bread is THE BEST.  It’s tender, sweet, cinnamon-y and so good!  This recipe also makes 2 loaves which is great, so you can freeze one for later.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking


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  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 1 medium sized zucchini)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Prepare 2 baking pans by lining them with parchment paper.
  3. Using a box grater, grate 2 cups of zucchini. Set aside.
  4. Using a mixer combine the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla, until smooth.
  5. In a separate large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix gently.
  7. Stir in the zucchini. Note: If the zucchini is quite wet, gently squeeze out some of the moisture.
  8. Pour the batter evenly between the 2 prepared pans.
  9. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours.  The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then remove and let cool on a wire cooling rack.

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NOTE:  This post was originally published in 2011, and I have recently updated it with new photos. But it’s the same great recipe, just with new images. Enjoy!

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  1. I must confess… when you posted this recipe I jumped for joy as I had zucchini waiting for me to make into bread. So I went right to work baking this batch up and it is AMAZING! Thank you (and your mom) so much for passing on this recipe!!

  2. So, a lot of people must be thinking Zucchini Bread today. I was going to look for a recipe and now I don’t have to. I will be trying to replace the eggs with applesauce. We’ll see how it works! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. i love recipes that are passed down from mums. i really think mum’s the word when it comes to the best recipes, so i’m keeping your recipe over others that i’ve seen! never tried zucchini bread before!

  4. I felt the same way about my mother’s zucchini bread for years and years, but then I tried a recipe that I actually like even more. Shhh, don’t tell her.

    PS – fabulous photo!

  5. may seem silly to some… but what size loaf pan did you use to get two loaves? (and/or how high do you fill the loaf pan with the dough before baking?)