The Best Classic Zucchini Bread

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The Best Classic Zucchini Bread – This easy zucchini bread recipe is sweet & incredibly moist.

Best Zucchini Bread Recipe - 2 slices on a blue plate

This is the best zucchini bread recipe ever!  It’s got more zucchini and more sugar than most recipes so it tastes amazing.  And, applesauce makes this homemade zucchini bread super moist.

Loaf pan of baked easy zucchini bread recipe

One of the reasons this is such an easy zucchini bread recipe, is because there’s not much prep work for the zucchini, like in many other recipes.

How to grate zucchini for zucchini bread:

  • Do not peel the zucchini before grating, leave the skin on.
  • Do not salt, drain out, or squeeze out any of the liquid from the zucchini.
  • Use the large grate of a box grater to grate 2 small (or 1 large) zucchini for 1 ½ cups lightly packed grated zucchini.

Grating zucchini on a box grater for zucchini bread

How to make The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe:

  • Add grated zucchini, sugar, and brown sugar to a large bowl.
  • Add vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together.

Whisking grated zucchini, sugar, applesauce, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla in a bowl

  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Stir just until combined.

The dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients for the best zucchini bread recipe

  • Pour batter into a loaf pan.

Loaf pan full of zucchini bread batter

  • Bake.
  • Refrigerate.

Loaf pan of baked homemade zucchini bread with applesauce

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The Best Classic Zucchini Bread Recipe

4.97 from 444 votes
The Best Classic Zucchini Bread - This easy zucchini bread recipe is sweet & incredibly moist because it's made with applesauce & more zucchini & sugar than most recipes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Servings 12 slices
Calories 213 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini - lightly packed -do not drain liquid
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil -or your preferred cooking oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add the grated zucchini, sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir just until no dry flour remains, trying not to over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 54 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the bread should come out with moist crumbs on it.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator. *This bread is best served after it has been refrigerated for at least 12 hours.


Serving: 1/12th of the bread | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 135mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Bread/Muffin, Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Keyword best zucchini bread, easy zucchini bread, zucchini bread recipe
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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  1. 5 stars
    delicious!! I used 1/2C of sour cream since I did not have applesauce and added 1/2 C mini choc chips. My husband loved it too! Since we have had 4″ of rain in 2 days, our zucchini are growing fast. i am going to bake a lot today and share some with my neighbors.

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks for the comment about substituting sour cream for applesauce! I’m going to try that. Also, sounds like you live in Tennessee…. all that rain! We’ve been inundated lately and it really energizes the zucchini!

    2. 5 stars
      Made this today for the first time. Had to cook longer than time stated. I also added walnuts. This was the best zucchini bread I have ever eaten. Super moist. My husband and I almost ate the whole loaf.

    3. 5 stars
      Love this recipe
      First time to make it
      I did not have apple sauce so I substituted
      With one cup of Crushed pineapple
      ( I did not drain it as I doubled the recipe which filled two mini multi loaf pans)
      Came out moist and really good.

      Thank you so much‼️‼️‼️

  2. 5 stars
    This was the best zucchini bread I’ve ever made! Half way in I realized I didn’t have applesauce so I substituted buttermilk which made the batter pretty moist so I only used 2 eggs!!! A Ma Zing!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I used less sugar than called for (about 1/2 the granulated) & it was plenty sweet enough! We really liked it, ate 1/2 loaf right out of the oven!

  4. 5 stars
    This is so moist and delicious. I have been tweaking it with almond flour and oat flour to make gluten free. Also I sub sugar with erythromycin or swerve. This is truly the best Zucchini Bread! I have been cooking and freezing it to give away!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my go-to zucchini bread recipe!! It’s amazingly delicious and I make it on repeat during the summer!

  6. 5 stars
    My husband said it was the best zucchini bread he’s ever had! I used sour cream instead of apple sauce because I didn’t have any and I think it turned out great! Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe was great! I had to add about 10 minutes to the cook time and it was perfect. Moist and just the right amount of sweetness.

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made this this twice already and it’s absolutely amazing. I’m using homegrown zucchini from my garden, which is producing like crazy. The first loaf I ate by myself and the second I shared. I was told it was to pretty to eat. But everyone loved it. Making a double batch in a couple days.

  9. 5 stars
    I’m making this right now with frozen shredded zucchini that I thawed out. I measured a cup and a half before freezing it, so I put the entire contents in without draining it. There seems to be a LOT of liquid and my batter was a bit runny so I hope it turns out alright! (I’ll let you know!) This was super easy to put together so fingers crossed!!

  10. Excellent recipe! My mother is very sensitive to sweets not just for health but personal palette and she loves this recipe. It is the only one I make for my family. I have even made frosting and cream cheese frosting and it usually is barely touched because everyone prefers it simply by itself. Nice work!

    1. About to make this and realized I don’t have any applesauce. Can I still make as is? I made a different recipe a couple days ago and it was just okay, lacking in flavor. I cannot find my Grandma’s recipe so I am trying these out.

      1. 5 stars
        If you use a reduced amount, you can substitute jelly (apricot, peach, strawberry, etc.) for the applesauce. This recipe is wonderful as well using equal amount of coconut oil solid for the other oil.

  11. This is the finest zucchini recipe I’ve ever tried! I’ve cooked it a few times now and it’s always gotten rave reviews and requests for more.

    1. 5 stars
      Delicious! Had to double the recipe for 2 loaves and added a cup and a half of walnuts. AHHHMAZING! Does anyone have suggestions on freezing it?

      1. 5 stars
        I absolutely love this recipe 5 ⭐️ I tripled the recipe & got six loaves of zucchini bread from tripling the recipe. I did not Have a plain applesauce but I had apple butter from our apple orchard so I substituted it with that. I also substituted the vegetable oil for avocado oil and added some walnuts to mine!! It turned out absolutely amazing!!!

    2. 5 stars
      My mom and I were trying various recipes and she’s a great cook. She tried two others and I made this one and she asked me for the recipe because it is the best!

  12. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe multiple times, and have been asked to bring it to brunches and other get togethers! So many want this amazing bread that I have requests right now!

    I have a quick question, can you freeze this at all after baking?

  13. 5 stars
    Hi. I just made this zucchini bread recipe. As muffins. I substituted the chicken eggs for 1 large duck egg. And used frozen grated zucchini from our garden last fall. And used a local organic flour. And sprinkled chocolate chips on top. Without a doubt the best zucchini bread I’ve ever had. Thanks!

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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