Zucchini Bread Recipe

A healthy 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 easy 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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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


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 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
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt


  • 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.


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


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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  1. 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 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!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – Haha! So glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. 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.