Lemon zest and allspice set this recipe apart!

Lemon zest and allspice set this recipe apart!

It’s zucchini harvest time, and if you’re tired of your standard zucchini bread recipe, this is the recipe to pull you from your rut.  I love zucchini bread and I have tried recipes that include everything from bananas to chocolate, but this zucchini bread recipe (from my friend, Tammy) is my definitive favorite. Even with the addition of healthier whole wheat flour, this bread stays moist and the flavor from the lemon zest and spices is unbeatable! I’m including the original recipe, and then my notes to make it even healthier.


1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour

1 1/4 c. all-purpose (white) flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. allspice

1/4 tsp. clove

2 1/2 c. zucchini, shredded (about 3 medium zucchini)

1 c. pecans, chopped

4 eggs (or 1/4 c. powdered eggs + 1/2 c. water)

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 c. oil

1 tsp. lemon zest

Measure and sift together the first eight dry ingredients and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, sugars and oil. Blend thoroughly. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture while stirring. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and fold in zucchini, pecans and lemon zest. Pour batter into two greased 8 or 9 inch loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

NOTES: To make this recipe healthier (but just as tasty!), I cut the oil measurement in half with applesauce (1/2 c. oil + 1/2 c. applesauce), leave out 1/2 cup of the white sugar, and use 1 cup liquid eggs (like Eggbeaters). To save time, sometimes I substitute 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice in place of the ginger, allspice and clove. If your garden produced more yellow squash than zucchini, you can subsitute part or all of the zucchini with shredded yellow squash (I cut the squash in fourths, length-wise, and remove the seeds before shredding.) with virtually no difference in taste. I like to use my food processor to shred the zucchini because it keeps the zucchini from getting soggy the way it does when grated by hand.

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3 Comments to “BEST Zucchini Bread Recipe”

  1. Oh I love zucchini bread! It sounds yummy with lemon and I’m going to try it with the applesauce substitute. Your web site is so helpful and so well organized, Kim. Thanks for all the time you put into it.

  2. Tracy says:

    Why and how are liquid eggs healthier then the regualar eggs?

    Hi, I just found your sight a few weeks back and am interested in following and learning more about food storage.
    Once I get a moment I want to really look over your whole blog.

  3. Kim says:

    It’s actually debatable whether liquid eggs are healthier. They are at least cholesterol free, but do have additives that natural eggs do not.

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