Lemon zest and allspice set this recipe apart!
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.
BEST ZUCCHINI BREAD
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.