Zucchini Banana Bread

I love banana bread and I have over 30 different recipes for banana bread and dozens more for banana muffins and banana cakes.

And I have lots of zucchini-banana recipes. Here, here, and here. But you can never have too many and I just adored this bread.

Zucchini Banana Bread - Soft, super moist, easy, no mixer needed! Jazz up regular banana bread by adding zucchini and it's healthier, too!! (Great recipe to save for when your garden is over-flowing with zucchini!)

It’s so soft, tender, uber-moist, dense enough to be satisfying, but still light. It’s just sweet enough to taste like a dessert and not like you’re eating green vegetables.

It’s a spin off of my Carrot Zucchini Bread, adapted from Carrot Apple Bread, which is adapted from my favorite banana bread recipe. It’s a very adaptable quickbread base and never let’s me down.

Zucchini Banana Bread - Soft, super moist, easy, no mixer needed! Jazz up regular banana bread by adding zucchini and it's healthier, too!! (Great recipe to save for when your garden is over-flowing with zucchini!)

It’s an easy, no mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes. I used liquid-state coconut oil so there’s no butter to cream and no mixer to dirty. Oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter, and I prefer it. Coconut oil adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but substitute as desired.

I love baking with coconut oil for muffinscakesbreadcookies and more. I used Nutiva Coconut Oil from iHerb.com. Code AVE630 at checkout saves you $10 off your order. I love iHerb for everything like probioticsbulk cinnamonpumpkin pie spiceliquid vanilla stevia dropsbulk white stevia powdermedicinal fancy-grade honeychia seedsface cleansernutritional yeast, and mini chocolate chips.

Zucchini Banana Bread - Soft, super moist, easy, no mixer needed! Jazz up regular banana bread by adding zucchini and it's healthier, too!! (Great recipe to save for when your garden is over-flowing with zucchini!)

Baking with zucchini and bananas adds so much moisture that it’s impossible to have a dry loaf. I grated the zucchini by hand using the coarsest blade on a box grater. It only takes a few minutes and I’d spend much more time washing food processor parts than doing it the old-fashioned way.

It was so flavorful and moist that I didn’t even need butter. Although I wouldn’t say no to a cream cheese glaze or browned butter glaze.

Zucchini Banana Bread - Soft, super moist, easy, no mixer needed! Jazz up regular banana bread by adding zucchini and it's healthier, too!! (Great recipe to save for when your garden is over-flowing with zucchini!)

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Zucchini Banana Bread

The bread is soft, tender, uber-moist, dense enough to be satisfying, but still light. It’s just sweet enough to taste like a dessert and not like you’re eating vegetables. It’s an easy, no mixer recipe, that comes together quickly. Coconut oil adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but substitute as desired. I grated the zucchini by hand using the coarsest blade on a box grater. Feel free to optionally add walnuts, raisins, or your favorite nuts or dried fruit, or glaze the bread if desired.

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 52 to 60 minutes

Total Time: about 90 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional if necessary (see step 4 in directions)
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, laid loosely in cup and not packed (about 1 medium/large trimmed zucchini; note - wring out zucchini in a paper towel if it seems very moist)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium/large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, raisins, etc., optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9x5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside. Note - Loaf is not very tall as baked in a 9x5 pan, but I fear an 8x4 pan will be a bit too skimpy.
  2. In a large bowl, add the the first six ingredients, through vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don't overmix.
  4. Add the zucchini (wring out in a paper towel if it's very moist), bananas, optional walnuts or raisins, and fold gently to combine. Batter should be on the thicker side. If it's not, you may wish to add up to about 1/4 cup additional flour. All zucchini and bananas vary in their moisture content and the consistency of batters will vary. Note the zucchini will release water into batter during baking and it's better to err on the side of a thicker than thinner batter by adding additional flour if you deem it necessary.
  5. Turn batter out into the prepared pan , smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for about 52 to 60 minutes (I baked 57 minutes) or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Tip - Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it at the 35 minute-mark to prevent top and sides from becoming overly browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of zucchini, bananas, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don't worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.
  7. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Optionally, serve with or glaze with Honey ButterCinnamon-Sugar Butter, or Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze, or Cream Cheese Glaze. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Carrot Apple Bread and Carrot Zucchini Bread

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66 comments

  1. Definitely agree- you can never have too much banana bread! So much tastier than plain bananas. I love how light the crumb looks here, too.

  2. MMM this bread looks so delicious. can’t wait to try it.

  3. You can never have too many zucchini or banana recipes because they are two things there always seem to be a few too many of!  The texture of this bread looks ridiculous – soooo good!

  4. I love the idea of not creaming any butter. So much healthier and easier! Plus, you get that great arm workout grating zucchini. ;)
    This bread looks beyond perfect. I can’t imagine what heights it would climb to with a brown butter glaze!

    • I actually almost never cream butter for my banana breads and almost always use oil. I used to use melted butter but the past 5 years or so, I think oil keeps it softer AND it’s….easier than dealing with butter in any form!

  5. I’ve been making banana bread weekly lately and this one looks so moist I can’t wait to add it to the rotation.

  6. My boyfriend isn’t a squash person but I am. S,o when an opportunity arises where I can sneak in some healthiness to his desserts in the form of squash, I cease it. He does enjoy zucchini bread. Looks like I’ll be making this recipe soon. 

  7. I need to pass this (and all your zucchini recipes) along to one of my neighbors who grows it. She was about over run with them last year!

  8. My hubs is a banana bread FANATIC! And I am always looking for ways to get him to sneakily eat veggies, since he doesn’t believe in “green food.”  Men.
    So, this? It’s perfect! And I LOVE Nutiva – the best~ Pinned!

  9. This is totally the absolute BEST of both zucchini bread and banana bread worlds!! This loaf looks so ultra moist from both the banana and zucchini, I can hardly stand it! I just wanna sink my teeth into a slice. ;) Pinned!

  10. I love zucchini and banana bread on their own, so this is sure to be a hit! Love how you combined them :)

  11. Averie this bread looks so delicious and those slices are so neatly cut that this is way better than any bakery stuff! Pinned!

  12. I just love banana bread and agree that you can’t have too many recipes!

  13. Wow. I have never thought of using Zuchinni in a sweet dish muchness banana bread. You have my attention. I will be looking forward to baking this recipe :) 

  14. I’ve made the carrot zucchini bread twice since you posted. Now I’m excited to try this one, too!

  15. My husband just informed me that we already have 3 zucchinis on our plant. Bread is in my future!! *happy dance* This looks perfect Averie!

  16. Ooh. I have good luck every time I use your carrot apple bread, so this must be another winner. Mmm.

  17. This looks fantastic Averie!! Pinned!!!

  18. YUM! I was just asked to bake something for our staff get together tomorrow and I’m so going to make this! Have you ever baked them in a mini muffin tin? Thinking I’ll give it a shot… 

    • No I haven’t but I think some readers have made the carrot-apple bread into muffins. You could read through the comments on that post but pretty sure it’s been done successfully. LMK how it goes if you try!

  19. Holy yum…this bread looks like HEAVEN!! :) Perfect for indecisive people like me who can never decide if what we really want is zucchini bread or banana bread! Absolutely in love with this <3

  20. Help! My batter came out a bit soupy. When I baked it, the bottom was still very under baked! I’m guessing because of the soupy batter :(. The taste, though, is very good. 

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I updated some info within the recipe about wringing out the zucchini and possibly adding up to about 1/4 cup additional flour as needed since all zucchini and bananas vary in their moisture content. In your case, wring out the zucchini and add a touch more flour and I think you’ll be set – batter won’t be as thin and bake as long as necessary til doneness.

  21. I’m with you – I love banana bread – especially banana nut bread loaded with walnuts!  I’ve never mixed it up with zucchini before – but this looks incredible!  I’m definitely making this.  Love your note about mostly using oil in lieu of butter for moistness too!  

  22. I love this mixup on two classic breads. What a treat!

  23. I adore banana bread so much!!!  Love the addition of zucchini and coconut oil too!  Now I can’t wait for the farmer’s market to open, so I can start buying zucchinis!!!!  Yum!!!

  24. Oh my gosh, Averie – this bread looks marvelous! So moist and tender, and I love the strips of zucchini swirled throughout. I bet this has a TON of flavor!

  25. The more recipes for banana bread better! Is always so most and I love that I can delude myself into thinking it’s healthy! Pinned!

  26. This looks wonderful, Averie! You know how I love my banana breads. :)

  27. Hi Averie,

    I tried this bread today. You know I’ve made close to 100 of your recipes. (no jokes there) :) but this one came out similar to ”Jessica L” who commented before me. I guess I did not know exactly what you meant when you replied to that lady by “wringing out the zucchini”. So what I did was I shredded my zucchini and then with a paper towel tried dabbing it repeatedly so it could soak up the vegetables natural water. Do you think I should have taken the grated zucchini and squeezed the heck out of it? *This is my first attempt to baking with zucchini. BTW, I could tell the flavor would have been good if it was baked ideally. I baked it for 50 min and then tried it. Way too moist so I did bake it 20 more min. And still on the soft side. Regardless you know I love your site so it’s not like I wont try your other recipes that include it.

    • Do you think I should have taken the grated zucchini and squeezed the heck out of it? <--- yes! That's what I tried to say in the directions without being quite as blunt, but yes wringing it out in paper towels is what you should have done and/or add more flour. Sometimes zucchini are very juicy and give off lots of water, other times not as much. But to be safe, wring, add flour, and bake as long as necessary is the basic, bottomline advice. And I know you have tried to many of my recipes and I think with just a little tweaking with this bread, you would have been all set! And yes, continue to bake with zucchini and keep trying because it's great once you master it :) And healthy!

  28. Baked it for 75 minutes. Tooth pick came out clean. Let it stand and then when I tried to remove it from the pan it fell into 8 pieces because parts of it are still raw, apparently. Back in the oven, shoved together, it’s no longer a loaf, more like breadcrumbs. Not what I usually get with standard banana bread or zucchini bread recipes.

    • With zucchini AND bananas, they can vary widely in the amount of moisture and just natural juiciness since Mother Nature is never the same twice. That said, it sounds like you had some very moist zucchini (and possibly bananas) and I would suggest that in the future you could wring out the zuke very well in paper towels or a kitchen towel before adding it, and/or add a bit more flour to the batter to thicken it up. Thanks for trying the recipe and I think a couple little tweaks for the future will solve this issue.

  29. Do you have a suggested vegan substitute for the sour cream? I routinely use flax eggs in place of flax, but what would you suggest to sub for sour cream? I thought about maybe just some applesauce and a squirt of lemon or vinegar for the tang? What do you think? This recipe sounds delish, and I need to use some overripe bananas stat!

  30. Oops – I meant flax eggs in place of eggs!

  31. These turned out delicious! I made two different sizes of mini loaves. One very small, like 2×3″ and one 3×4″. I used more bananas than it called for since I had way too many frozen ones and added a fair amt more zucchini and flour to thicken the batter. I thought these would cook a lot quicker because of their size but it took almost as long as the recipe said for large loaves. May be because my oven is crappy or I used a lot of bananas but just check yours often. The smaller ones also browned quicker on the outside than they cooked on the inside.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Way to go with using up your frozen banana stash and compensating with extra flour/zuke. The long cooking time is probably because your batter was super moisture-filled from all the zuke and bananas. Both have soooo much moisture and when I bake with zucchini especially, I’m always reminded of that and remind myself ‘just bake until done, however long that takes’ and good job for doing that and glad they’re delicious!

  32. Have you ever tried using a sweetener other then sugar? I usually use honey or maple syrup to sweeten my baked goods but 3/4 of a cup seems like it would be quite a bit of honey. Just wondering if you have a suggestion for how much I should sub the sugar for honey.

    • Adding a liquid sweetener (honey) to a recipe that was developed using a dry one (sugar) is going to change the consistency of the batter and in this case, 3/4 c honey would definitely change it quite dramatically and the loaf may not set up unless you started tweaking other things like flour, leaveners, etc.

      I haven’t tried the recipe any other way other than I wrote it so can’t say for sure what to do or advise you on.

  33. Hi Averie,

    I made this recipe last night and it turned out so perfect and delicious. Granted, I didn’t read the instructions the whole way through before making it, so I thought my batter was way too thick and dry, I added in about a 1/4 cup of milk (plus I only had one banana). Then I started reading the comments once I put it in the oven to bake. I then realized that zucchini lets a lot of moisture out as it bakes, I don’t know why I didn’t think about it before I added in the milk. But, I still saved it and it came out looking the same as your picture! I increased the oven temp to 375, and baked for almost an hour. Right now I am snacking on it for breakfast with some coffee. It is so delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you even with that extra milk! Yes the batter is thick by design to compensate for all the water that zucchini releases but glad you just kept baking it til it was done and that you have a great treat with your coffee now :)

  34. Veronica Williams Reply

    I tried thisrecipe today, it was divine!!!!

  35. Made this yesterday…. it turned out perfect!  I didn’t add the extra flour, but did add a handful of oatmeal and flaked unsweetened coconut… it is perfectly moist and absolutely delicious!  I didn’t tell my husband there was zucchini in it until after he proclaimed it amazing!  :)  I have tried a few of your coconut oil baked goods and am a big fan! Thank you!

  36. Making a triple recipe this morning to take to work to celebrate a co-worker’s new baby.  I’ve made this twice before and it comes out perfectly!.  I squeeze the zucchini lightly in paper towels and add no more flour.   Thanks for the recipe!   I know I need to take the recipe  with me today because everyone’s going to be asking.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you – twice before! And that’s wonderful you’re making a triple batch today and taking the recipe with you. Hope everyone enjoys the bread. So nice of you to bake for your coworkers!

  37. In case anyone was wondering, this recipe also does great with a handful of mini chocolate chips tossed in! ;)

  38. Making this right now. However I’m using last summer’s zucchini and so it was less thick then it should be, I did not want to keep adding flour so I opted for quick oats!! I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • Not sure how you managed to use zucchini from a year ago! but hey, glad it seems to be working out! Wish I could make my produce last that long :) Good call on the quick oats. Keep me posted!

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