Zucchini Bread

Sneaking vegetables into food has to be one of my greatest accomplishments. But it can be equally challenging with four kids. Not only do I get the littles to eat veggies they would not otherwise, but they learn to like them on their own when they associate the food apart from the bread. Truth! Give a kid a warm bread, spread some butter on it, and call it a “snack“. Just wait till after they devour the loaf and then tell them it had an entire zucchini baked inside of it. Till this day, Zucchini Bread is one of our kid’s favorites.

Zucchini bread slices with butter on plate

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Published February 22, 2021
Updated March 7, 2022
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How to Freeze Zucchini

Before we moved out of our last house to the one, we are living in now, we had a massive garden. It was 25 feet by 25 feet at least. The last summer we lived in that house we had a massive crop of zucchini to harvest. We were dropping them off at neighbors, giving them away, shredding them and freezing, cooking as fast as I could and then begging people to take them. When we moved, we had a cooler full of frozen vegetables alone from our garden that summer.
So today I pulled out a bag of zucchini and made some bread! Our boys eat so much bread. Just yesterday I made a double batch of bread, and out of four loaves we only have one left. I am SO thankful, that despite all of my food allergies and restrictions, gluten and wheat is not on that list. Making breads has been a joy for me for a few years now. For example, types of bread I make are banana bread, pumpkin, French bread, zucchini, wheat, oatmeal wheat, dinner rolls, 7-grain and more. Zucchini has been by far our family’s favorite! It is unbelievably moist, does not taste like zucchini, so even the pickiest eaters will love it! Additionally, bread tasting like dessert is a win in my opinion!

I freeze zucchini by peeling the skins off with a vegetable peeler, then use a box grater to shred. Now that I have a Cuisinart Food Processor, I can then shred the zucchini all the faster. Once the zucchinis are shredded, place the amount you desire in a freezer-safe bag. Above all, make sure to double bag any fruit or vegetables you choose to freeze so they avoid being freezer burned.

For a few of our families’ favorite recipes, click the links below.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded
3 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tsp vanilla

zucchini bread ingredients on countertop

Directions for Zucchini Bread

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In two 4 X 8 loaf pans, spray with non-stick spray and then sprinkle with flour. The flour will help the loaf to be easy to remove.

3. In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon, then set aside.
Pro tip: Use a larger bowl than the sifter so the dry ingredients do not make a mess on your counter! With the palm of your opposite hand, gently pat the sifter so the dry ingredients fall into the bowl.

Sift the dry ingredients together.

4. Shred zucchini and lightly pack to measure how much is needed, then set aside.
As my zucchini was pre-shredded, all I needed to do was let it drain using a strainer. Excess liquid will make the bread too moist and prevent it from baking. I freeze 4 cups of shredded zucchini in gallon zip-lock freezer bags.
5. In a mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, beat eggs, applesauce, oil, sugar and vanilla. You can mix each ingredient separately or all at once.

6. Pour 1/3 dry mixture into the wet and combine on low. Adding the dry ingredients in smaller batches helps avoid a huge mess!

add a third dry ingredients to Zucchini Bread batter

7. Add another 1/3 of the dry mixture and combine. Use a spatula and scrape down the sides of the KitchenAid bowl as needed.

add two-thirds dry ingredients and mix into batter

8. Add the rest of the dry mixture and beat on medium until fully combined.

add rest of dry ingredients to Zucchini batter

9. Dump the shredded zucchini into the bowl of the KitchenAid, then mix well.

add shredded zucchini to batter and mix

10. Pour half of the mixture into each loaf pan using a spatula to spread out the batter.

divide zucchini batter equally into two loaf pans

11. Bake for 45 to 60-minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I pulled mine out at 58 minutes.

bake in the oven

12. Remove from oven when done and let cool for 5 to 10-minutes before removing from the loaf pans. Serve cut into slices or spread with butter. Zucchini bread is good for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even amazing as French toast!
Enjoy!
~Monica

two zucchini breads in loaf pans cooling on cutting board

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded
3 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tsp vanilla

Directions for Zucchini Bread

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In two 4 X 8 loaf pans, spray with non-stick spray and sprinkle with flour and then set aside.
3. In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon, then set aside.
4. Shred zucchini and lightly pack to measure how much is needed, then set aside.
5. In a KitchenAid mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, beat eggs, applesauce, oil, sugar and vanilla.
6. Pour 1/3 dry mixture into the wet and then combine on low.
7. Add the second 1/3 dry mixture and then combine.
8. Add the rest of the dry mixture and beat on medium until fully combined.
9. Dump in the shredded zucchini to the batter and then mix well on low.
10. Divide the Zucchini batter in half, pouring into each prepared loaf pans, then spread them out with a spatula if needed.
11. Bake for 45 to 60-minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

A few of my favorite things

If you are like me and do not like to clean the oven often, then this oven mat is the perfect tool for you! It sits on the bottom of both a gas and electric oven and helps to keep the bottom from getting dirty from spills and drips. Check it out by clicking the link below.

A KitchenAid mixer is a tool used every day in our house. Additionally, having a good quality mixer can help make bread dough, batter, sauces and more.

Having a good set of spatulas helps you do so many versatile recipes in the kitchen. For example, spatulas are good for scraping, stirring, cleaning bowls and more. Click the link below to then check out my favorite spatulas on Amazon.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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