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

4.98 from 534 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
    This is a lovely zucchini loaf. I tried using a few healthy substitutes and am very pleased with the moisture, flavor and texture. For sure this recipe will be handy for repeat use.

    1. 5 stars
      Oh my goodness it’s very moist just what i wanted! I did add 2 bananas and 1/2 C flower . It made 5 small loaves!
      I added nuts to all and chic chips to a couple… I will make this again!
      Very very tasty
      Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe. Is definitely a keeper!! I doubled the recipe & used homemade applesauce & avocado oil. Is so moist & tasty. Thank you for an awesome recipe. I have tried other recipes but this one wins hands down!! 💖

    1. Hello, I was wondering if the bread has to be baked on the convection setting? I didn’t see anything about it in the description/recipe, but from my knowledge most zucchini bread recipes use the convection setting.

  3. 5 stars
    Yes! THIS is the BEST zucchini bread recipe ever! SO moist and tasty. Hands down the BEST!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a wonderful recipe. I made one loaf, fell in love with it, and immediately made 4 more for friends. Every person who tried it thought it was the best ever! Totally a keeper that I will use again and again. Thank you so much for this recipe. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    My daughter is a lover of zucchini bread and has sampled many recipes, but this one is the easiest and the best we’ve had! It is moist and delicious. I always make two loaves since it goes so fast.

  6. 4 stars
    Great flavors and agree with other comments of having to bake longer, i needed 65 minutes total in my oven. I added pecans as well

    1. 5 stars
      I tripled the recipe and it was very good. I checked my bread at 50 mins and it was still wet. Gave it another 10 minutes and it was perfect! Thanks so much!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe several times. We love it and it is delicious warm and cold. I usually bake two and pack some as snack for the kids to take to school the next day.

  8. 5 stars
    This bread is unbelievably moist. You must be very careful to cook it in the middle of the oven (not too low to the floor of the oven) and do not overcook it!! It is sublime – it is so moist!!!

  9. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe. Got raving reviews from my husband and I liked it too. Very moist. I revised recipe by adding chopped pecans and I did peel my zucchini somewhat. I probably added double on the cinammon as well.

    1. Hi! I only have sweetened applesauce with cinnamon. How much would you reduce the sugar amounts too in order to make it work? Thanks!

  10. 5 stars
    I followed the directions as written, but cooked for only 45 minutes. This recipe is moist, delicious and so easy to make. The best zucchini bread I’ve ever eaten!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. 5 stars
    Very delicious. Took a bit longer to cook (40 mins) but other then that they were very easy to make and everyone here loves them! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Wow , I am picky / perfectionist , this bread came out beautifully. Moist and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing.

      1. 5 stars
        This is absolutely the best zucchini bread. I do add about 1/4 cup of golden raisins that I plump up in warm water and a hand full of coconut flakes. It needs to bake a little longer when adding the plumped up raisins. Use toothpicks to check doneness. I have made this for many parties and also taken to work for coworkers to enjoy. Not one single complaint! Everyone raves about it and ask me to make it every zucchini season. It freezes well! I wrap in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil and place in a ziploc.

  12. This was a really good recipe, today was also the first day that there was a nip in the air so of course I had to bake something good that fills the house with amazing fall smells

    1. 5 stars
      Absolutely THE BEST zucchini bread recipe. Lots of flavor and very moist. Cooking time is longer than stated in recipe but well worth the additional wait.

      1. 5 stars
        This is such a good recipe! Thank you for sharing! I added mini chocolate chips cuz I’m a chocoholic lol
        So delicious!! 😋

    2. 5 stars
      This was my first attempt at making bread ever. I followed your recipe exactly except added a little bit of walnuts and my family is raving about it! Doubled the recipe today so I can bring some to work for my coworkers.

    1. 5 stars
      Loved it. Went by recipe first time except I didn’t have applesauce so i used puree banana instead. Second time added some chocolate chips and just as good. Not dense, moist and just right sweetness.

      1. 5 stars
        I have made this recipe many times. It’s the best as far as I’m concerned. Very moist. Apple sauce works so good in this loaf. Thank you for the recipe.

      2. 4 stars
        This is delicious. The only problem I had was that the time to bake at 350 should have been much longer. I baked it 54 minutes and knew it wasn’t long enough. It took another 30 min to fully bake. I rated it 4 because of that. Otherwise, it was a wonderful recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        Love this recipe! So delicious and easy to make! Very moist! My whole family loved it! Definitely a keeper! I did have to bake it about 10 to 15 minutes longer, but ovens vary so no big deal. Just use common sense 🙂 Great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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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