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A clean eating zucchini bread recipe? Yes please!

It’s February. It’s cold out, and the garden is giving me anything but a surplus of zucchini right now. But as I made this clean eating zucchini bread, I thought back to this past summer to one particular day. I was sitting on the patio watching my son tumble and fumble his way through the garden.

Two slices of dark brown, Clean Eating Zucchini Bread sit on a white plate, ready to serve.

I watched him as he inspected a ladybug sitting on a leaf. He got so close on his hands and knees, they nearly bumped noses. Not an ease thing to do with a ladybug.

He poked it in the behind, and it buzzed away angrily, upset to have its lunch disturbed in such a rude and unceremonious manner. He giggled, and moved onto a spot in the ground next to a zucchini plant that was heavily weighed down with fruit just begging to be picked and rescued from the hot summer sun.

The earth was moist from a recent morning watering, so he happily settled in and began to dig. He wasn’t digging for anything in particular, but he ended up finding a worm. He pulled it up, took a close look, sniffed it and looked back at me with an expression that seemed to say “I just bit into a really sour lemon, Mama”.  All he could say as he held up that worm was, “dirty“.

He’s been dirty ever since.

Yep, my kid loves to be in the garden. He loves to help, loves to dig, loves to use the tools, and especially loves to pick the fruits and veggies. He takes his job very seriously. We had to check the zucchini nearly every morning to see if one was ready to bring in that day. It was a good summer.

I knew this would be a fantastic recipe the second I had all the ingredients mixed together. Even in its uncooked state, the batter smells absolutely divine!

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slices of zucchini bread on white napkin

Zucchini Bread

If you love zucchini bread, this delicious, healthier version is perfect! It makes a great gift too!
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Course: Breads, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings (1 loaf)
Calories: 203kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ΒΌ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • β…” cup honey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
  • 2 tbsp. apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp. oil (+ extra for oiling the pans)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • ΒΎ cup plain yogurt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Oil 2 medium loaf pans with olive oil (use a mister if you have one), or 1 large loaf pan.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and nutmeg.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, zucchini, apple sauce, egg and egg white, olive oil, lemon zest and yogurt. Mix well.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture and blend well.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Note: You may need to cover this loosely with foil if the top starts to get to brown.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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88 Comments

  1. Oh YUMMY!!!! I loved waking up to this recipe in my inbox πŸ™‚ Zucchini bread if one of my FAVORITES! Can’t wait to try this–thank you thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ali – Glad I could make your day a little brighter! Enjoy!

  2. Is there anything you recommend for a substitute for the yogurt? Looks delish!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brooke – That depends on what kind of substitute you need. Do you need something completely dairy free, or just a different type of dairy?

  3. Just a tip I learned – zucchini can be really moist and full of water. The first time I made a zucchini loaf (one from CE Mag – with zuc and apples) it turned out to be a soggy mess. the other day I made chocolate cupcakes with a HUGE marrow from a friends garden but squeezed out lots of the water and the brownies turned out perfect. I literally just put a big handful of grated zuc in my hands and squeeze but I am sure the better way is with cheesecloth πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mandy – What an excellent suggestion!! Thank you!

  4. Laurie Kramer says:

    Just made this bread—oh, so yummy!! I didn’t have plain yogurt, so I used vanilla–still came out just as good. I used one loaf pan and didn’t realize that my oven is a little on the hot size so the top got a bit darker than I wanted, but didn’t ruin the taste. Thanks, as I was wondering what to do with one lonely zuchhini!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – Fabulous! Mine got a little brown on top too, but it was still really tasty! Glad you got to use that one little zucchini!! πŸ˜‰

  5. what about banana bread? Could you substitute banana for zucchini?!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Libby – Hmmm. That’s a good question! I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not. Try it with equal amounts of banana. Should be good!

  6. umm..im confused..it says that it makes one loaf but you say to oil two med loaf pans…lolz

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Desiree – Oops! All fixed. Thanks!

  7. Looking forward to trying this. We are always given zucchinies from our friends’ gardens in the Summer & I love zucchini bread.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Oooh, I cannot wait to try this. I heart zucchini bread!!!
    On a side note, I enjoy looking through your blog. I am a frequent visitor, first time commenter.
    Can I make a request for a lemon poppy seed muffin??? My son loves them, but I have not found a clean version!!!

  9. My bad, I just did a search here and you have lemon muffins. I will just add poppy seeds!!! So excited!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – lol. No problem! Let me know how you like them!

  10. Any non-dairy sub for the yogurt?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – I haven’t tried. Maybe if you did 1 more tbsp. of oil and an extra 1/2 cup apple sauce? But I’m not sure how that would turn out.

    2. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – I found this on the web – Make the coconut yogurt yourself out of coconut milk, tapioca starch (to thicken) and non-dairy, non-soy starter (from GIPro).

  11. What about adding 1/2 cup pecans? Would that throw out the balance? I have a large pecan tree in front yard, always looking for ways to use those nuts! LOL.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shannon – I’m sure that would work just fine! Enjoy!

  12. Backtomobay says:

    I just tried this recipe last night. Had a huge zucchini from a friend’s garden and used half of it to make TWO loaves! This loaf is extra good the next day — thank you for the recipe! Any suggestions on swapping out the zucchini for pumpkin?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Backtomobay – Glad you enjoyed it! With the pumpkin, you’d have to play around with it. Now that you know what the batter is like, use use enough pumpkin to achieve that same consistency. The concern is the liquid content. But zucchini has water in it too so you may be able to sub in equal amounts, give or take. Sorry! Wish I could be more specific. I’ll have to work on a pumpkin bread recipe next!

  13. CPARunnerGirl says:

    My garden is producing gigantic zucchini… mostly b/c I forget to check for them often. Could you give an estimated zucchini measurement so I know how about how much of a zucchini to use?

  14. CPARunnerGirl says:

    Sorry, bad question! The measurement is there. I read it too fast the first time around.

    1. Anonymous says:

      CPA – No worries! Let me know how you like it!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Adesomer – It’s worth a shot. The main thing is getting it to bake fully. But in a shallower pan, it might still work. Let me know how it turns out!

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Eliz – I never peel my zucchini for any recipe. But I suppose it’s a matter of personal preference.

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Missie – That’s fantastic! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  18. Sidney Blackshear says:

    Could you substitute greek yogurt or soy yogurt for the plain non-fat yogurt? Thanks

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sidney – Sure!

  19. Deb Reynolds says:

    Just made this and it was Delish! I added walnuts on top for a little crunch….Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  20. can you sub anything for the honey??

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Agave isn’t clean though.

  21. Can I sub whole wheat pastry flour for the whole wheat flour?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I believe so, yes.

  22. can i use white flour without affecting the recipe? I cant use whole wheat flour.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I believe so.

  23. graciouspantry says:

    I would go with the 8×4.

  24. graciouspantry says:

    I don’t see why not.

  25. graciouspantry says:

    The flavor will be slightly different, but it should still be okay. You could try a tsp. of lemon extract too if you have that.

  26. graciouspantry says:

    That’s awesome!! Yum!

  27. graciouspantry says:

    Oh yum! Let me know how they turn out!

  28. Robyn Vines Smith says:

    Oh, wow. This recipe was fantastic! I made mine into muffins and baked for 20 minutes. They were perfect. They were really light and fluffy.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Glad you liked them!

  29. Sara Slack says:

    Can’t wait to try this tonight!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I hope you enjoy it!

  30. graciouspantry says:

    Haha! Ya, sharing is definitely an issue for me. But I guess you have to feed the kiddos too. As Mini Chef always says, “That’s life!” LOL

  31. graciouspantry says:

    It’s a pretty sweet bread in my opinion.

  32. graciouspantry says:

    I don’t recommend it unless you know how to sub with gluten-free flours. The two you mention have no gluten.

  33. Hi there,
    I know this may sound strange but what can I substitute the applesauce for? My kids actually have an allergy to apples. Is it used in place of oil? If so, how much should I substitute?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      In this case, yes. You can sub with oil. I would just use equal amounts since the amount is small.

  34. I’d love to try these as muffins. Any changes needed besides adjusting the cooking time to 20 mins?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I don’t think so. But I would use the foil wrappers. With paper, you might not get the wrappers off.

  35. Oh yum! This is my first time making zucchini bread, and I’m feeling pretty proud especially since I also used homemade yoghurt and grounded my own flour! I slightly reduced the honey and found it sweet enough, and I enjoyed it with some Greek Yoghurt and it’s delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mariam – My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  36. Hi, I wanted to know could you use oat flour instead the wheat flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brandy – You could, but it would probably fall apart because of the lack of gluten.

  37. Laura Katherine says:

    Hello there –

    I made your yummy bread earlier this week, and I added a 1/2 C of baking cocoa. I also used 1/2 honey and 1/2 agave. It’s so delicious! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laura – A 1/2 CUP baking soda????! Glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  38. Recipe says oil 2 pans but says also it only makes one loaf and only says to put in 1 loaf pan at the end?? Wanting to make it but kind of confused.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – The recipe says 2 medium OR 1 large pan. Totally up to you and what you’d like to make.

  39. I am totally baking this as I type! It smells better than amazing! And I picked the giant zucchini right out of my garden. That is the best part!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Awesome!! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ˜€

  40. I just made this, doubled the recipe so I could make muffins and breads- The loaves came out amazing!! Super moist, and so flavorful – the lemon was a great addition! The muffins totally overcooked. oops. Hubby still likes them but they are so dry- my fault! Great recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dawna – Glad you enjoyed the bread at least!! πŸ™‚

  41. I made this last night and to make it even healthier/heartier, I only used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and added 1 cup of almond flour. I also added extra cinnamon (1 TB) and 1 TB vanilla. I would probably add even more cinnamon and vanilla the next time I make this. It was delicious and made a full loaf, rising to the top of the pan. Delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – That’s fabulous!! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  42. Forgot to comment last week, I made this as banana bread and we loved it! I’m glad I made 2 loaves because we killed the first one real quick! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – Haha! So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

  43. gardengrammy says:

    was wondering how much and what kind of chocolate are in these. I tried to read each of the comments but didnt see chocolate.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gardengrammy – There is no chocolate in this. Are you thinking of the Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf?

  44. Question:Could I swap the whole wheat flour with brown rice flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yeukai – Sorry, no. Not unless you have a particular gluten free mix that makes a good sub. If you were to do that, it would probably fall apart from lack of gluten.

  45. I love this! And so does my 18 month old! I made a few modifications you might like too. First I added grated carrots and chopped apples. Then I added about 1/3 c applesauce, only 1/4 c honey and a tsp of stevia. I also omitted the lemon zest. It’s not too sweet but all the applesauce and apple chunks make it both moist and yummy. Thanks again!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nikki – Sounds wonderful!!! πŸ˜€

  46. Can I substitute coconut or almond flour for the wheat flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Teresa – Sorry, no. The entire recipe would need to be reformulated. Try the Urban Poser. She’s grain free and does a lot of baking.

      1. Do you have the nutritional information for this recipe?

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Angie – No, sorry. But MyFitnessPal.com has a super easy-to-use calculator.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – I’m not sure what you mean. It’s a measured cup.

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