Grandma’s Zucchini Bread

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This is called Grandma’s Zucchini bread because it is my great-grandma’s recipe. Super moist and full of flavor. It makes two loaves and freezes well.

Grandma's Zucchini Bread

Grandma’s Zucchini Bread Recipe

It’s zucchini bread season! I call this Grandma’s Zucchini Bread because my great-grandma used to make it all the time. It really is heavenly, even though it has a veggie in it. And a green veggie at that. That does kind of creep me out. This soft quick bread really is the best zucchini bread recipe, though. Your family will love it!

Do you grate the whole zucchini for bread?

Although you may be tempted to peel the zucchini for bread, don’t worry about it! You won’t taste it. Yes, you may see just a hint of green here and there, but the zucchini melts into the bread and you won’t notice a texture difference by keeping the peel on. Save yourself a few minutes!

How do you grate zucchini for zucchini bread?

We’ve used several different methods. You can use a food processor if you’d like. Just cut the stem of the zucchini off along with just a bit of the bottom of the zucchini. Then use the shredding disc, or if you have a small food processor you can cut the zucchini into chunks before pulsing just a few times.

You can also use a hand grater, which is what we normally use. Zucchini is soft and easy to shred. We use the side of the grater with the largest holes.

Whichever you choose to use, it’s easy!

How many zucchini do you need for two cups shredded?

Every zucchini is just a little different in size. This recipe calls for two cups of shredded zucchini. You’ll need about 2 medium size zucchinis to make 2 cups of grated zucchini. Be sure to measure the zucchini after you grate it to be sure you have 2 cups.

Grandma's Zucchini Bread

Is zucchini bread good for you?

Well…it does have a vegetable in it. It’s always great when you can hide vegetables in food. But it is a quick bread, which is pretty much like cake so I don’t think we can say it is good for you. But a slice here and there won’t hurt you to much either.

How to Make Zucchini Bread

After you get the zucchini grated, making zucchini bread is really easy. Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Then as you combine the two into the same bowl, be careful not to overmix. If you want soft, tender bread, mix just until the batter is completely combined.

If you’re adding in chocolate chips or nuts, fold them in gently as the batter is coming together.

*Be sure to grease and flour your bread pans so the loaves come out easily!*

What to add to Zucchini Bread

 You can add in whatever you want in this bread-chocolate chips, nuts, raisins-whatever you choose. Or, you can eat it plain, which we’ve done many times.  But I’m telling you, if you want your kids to eat it, definitely add in chocolate chips.  They’ll love it!

You’ll love this bread because it is easy and so full of flavor.  And it makes two loaves. Which is good, because it will go fast.

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Grandma's Zucchini Bread Recipe

4.65 from 31 votes
This is called Grandma’s Zucchini bread because it is my great-grandma’s recipe. Super moist and full of flavor. It makes two loaves and freezes well.
Servings 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspons vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and zucchini in a bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Grease and flour two loaf pans. Split the batter between the two pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.



Add in 1 cup of nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips, as desired. Our favorite addition is mini chocolate chips!


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Author Lizzy T
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 169
Keyword how to use zucchini, quick bread recipe, zucchini loaf cake

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Angie@Angie's Recipes
9 years ago

Oma’s recipes never fail! Your zucchini bread looks wholesome.

Jen Nikolaus
9 years ago

I just saw this post on Google + and drooled on my computer! This looks absolutely amazing!! I have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing your Grandma’s recipe! Pinning! P.S. I’m your newest FB follower! 🙂

~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

Joy @ Yesterfood
9 years ago

Hi, Lizzy! Saw this over at WCFS Award Show party and had to get a closer look! I love zucchini, and I am always looking for new recipes to use- Great-Grandma’s sounds wonderful! 🙂 Thanks!

Love, Joy

9 years ago

That looks really good! Have you tried adding grated carrots? More vegetables, hahaha

9 years ago

This looks so good! I love making foods with hidden veggies!

9 years ago

That is so funny that you don ‘t like veggies but have a garden full of them! Congrats on your first strawberry. They are so hard to grow. This recipe looks wonderful. I love zucchini bread. Thank you for sharing!

Charlotte Moore
8 years ago

I made Chocolate orange zucchini bread and my it was good. I also added coconut and changed the flour to soft whole wheat and the sugar to honey granules. Everyone loved it. I gave 3 loaves away. Even my picky DIL liked it. Hahaha!!! I left the choc. out of some and the coconut out of some fir the people that couldn’t have it.

Charlotte Moore
8 years ago

OOPS!!! For the people.

7 years ago

5 stars
This is a fantastic recipe , i added some shredded green beans it tastes great , thank you very much

5 years ago

I noticed in your recipe you forgot to put squeeze the zucchini out real good or you’ll have all that extra water in your recipe

Joyce fratt
5 years ago

Wondering if anyone has tried coconut oil for this and or Stevie for baking. Would like to find some zucchini and try these sub

4 years ago

I hate it when someone modifies a recipe that everyone thinks is delicious. But, here goes. For some very specific health reasons my family limits its sugar. We find that most recipes, especially old family recipes, are to sweet. Therefore, I added about 1/2 cup more zucchini and cut the sugar by 1/2 cup. I also cut the oil by 1/2 cup and substituted unsweetened applesauce. I do this all the time and can’t tell the difference. Because there are only two of us, I made 4 mini loafs. Baking time was about 45 minutes. I did add the chocolate… Read more »

Karen Rodino
4 years ago

The recipe says to use 2 loaf pans. Size? I could not find this stated anywhere. 9×5? 8×4? Please let me know! Thanks!

2 years ago

5 stars
I made this recipe tonight. It’s super easy; the bread is moist & cooked perfectly right by the recipe. Sharing portions of these with my neighbors, so I’ll be making more soon!

Susan Lerner
2 months ago

5 stars
I’ve made your Grandma’s Zucchini Bread at least 4 times. I have 2 loaves in the oven right now. I always freeze one for next month. It freezes great. I made today’s with peanuts & plant based Choc. chips. Thanks so much for sharing. We love it!