This delicious vegan zucchini bread is moist, fluffy and easy to make in 1 bowl! A perfect way to use up leftover zucchinis.

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Everybody needs a good zucchini bread recipe, and this is mine. It’s easy, delicious, perfectly sweet and made in 1 bowl so easy clean up. This vegan zucchini bread is also extremely versatile. Sub whole wheat flour for the white, gluten free if needed, add walnuts or chocolate chips, or make it oil free by subbing applesauce.

If you have extra zucchini that you don’t know what to do with, make a double batch of this bread and freeze a loaf for later. You won’t be sorry you did!

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How to make vegan zucchini bread:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper, or spray with oil.

In a large bowl, add all the wet ingredients except for the grated zucchini and whisk to combine. Now, lightly blot the grated zucchini with paper towels and add to the bowl. Stir to mix.

Next, add the flour, then sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon on top of the flour. Stir gently to just combine, being careful not to over mix or your loaf will be dense.

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Next, fold in the chocolate chips or walnuts, if using. I placed some of the chocolate chips on top of the loaf as well. Check the ingredients to ensure your chocolate chips are dairy free, I used Trader Joe’s brand. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. This will depend on what kind of pan you use (glass or metal) as well as other factors.

Let the loaf cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Can you make vegan zucchini muffins instead?

Absolutely! This recipe will make about 12 muffins. Pour the batter into paper liners in a 12 cup muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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What is the best way to store zucchini bread?

Store zucchini bread at room temperature for 2-3 days. It will need to be covered well to prevent dryness. I use plastic wrap, or place it in a covered, airtight container.

Can vegan zucchini bread be frozen?

Yes! Zucchini bread freezes very well, so double the recipe and freeze a loaf for later. To freeze, let it cool completely at room temperature. Then, double wrap it in plastic wrap, then wrap in foil or place in a freezer bag. When ready to eat, unwrap the foil and let it thaw.

Can you make vegan zucchini bread gluten free?

I haven’t tested it myself, but it would probably work with a decent gluten free flour mix, such as Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour. I would not just sub almond flour or coconut flour, as that will probably not work.

Can you make it oil free?

Yes, simply substitute applesauce for the oil. Pureed pumpkin would also work instead of oil.

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1 Bowl Vegan Zucchini Bread

This delicious vegan zucchini bread is moist, fluffy and easy to make in 1 bowl! A perfect way to use up leftover zucchinis.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 1 hr
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients 
 

  • 1/4 cup canola oil | may sub melted coconut oil or vegan butter, or applesauce for oil free
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini | about 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour | or white whole wheat
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • optional: 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips or chopped walnuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard loaf pan (9 x 5 inch) with parchment paper or spray with oil.
  • In a large bowl, add the oil, almond milk, ground flaxseeds, brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk well until combined.
  • Lightly blot the grated zucchini with paper towels, and add it to the bowl. Stir the zucchini into the wet ingredients.
  • Now add the flour to the wet ingredients. Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon on top of the flour. Stir gently until just combined, being careful not to over mix, or your loaf will be dense.
  • Fold in the walnuts or chocolate chips, if using. Pour into the prepared pan, and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer the loaf to parchment paper or a cooling rack. Slice carefully right away, or let cool completely for easier slicing and serving.

Notes

  1. Calories listed do not include added chocolate chips or walnuts.
  2. To Make Muffins: If you want to make muffins instead of a loaf, you can. Simply line a 12 count muffin pan with liners. Spoon batter nearly to the top of each liner, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Will make 12 muffins.
  3. For oil free: sub applesauce for the oil.
  4. For gluten free: sub a gluten free flour mix. May also use a whole grain flour like white whole wheat, whole wheat pastry or even spelt flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. This is the best zucchini bread we’ve ever had! Thank you for the recipe!! I doubled the cinnamon but left everything else the same and it was perfection.

  2. I made this with walnuts and it came out amazingly! It was perfectly moist and had a great flavor and texture, everyone loved it

  3. Just made these to muffins tonight and it’s amazing! The best zucchini bread recipe I’ve tried, and I’ve tried them all! Thanks so much Nora!

    1. Hi Francis. Wow, thank you for your incredible feedback! Makes me happy to know how much you love the bread! Thank you so much for sharing!

      1. These are delicious! I make them into muffins. A trick I discovered is to use nut butter instead of oil for an oil-free option. Most recipe blogs say to sub applesauce, but that they won’t be the same. I’ve made these with oil, peanut butter, and almond butter (same amount of nut butter as the amount of oil it calls for), and each way is delicious. I don’t notice anything amiss at all in the taste or texture when using nut butter, and I prefer it best with almond butter (same effect as peanut butter, but a more neutral nut butter taste).

        I use white whole wheat flour and 1 cup of mini chocolate chips, and bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes. I store them in the fridge which helps them last for longer, and then before eating a muffin I just microwave it for a few seconds to warm it up. The zucchini makes them deliciously moist, and I find that storing them in the fridge also helps them stay moist. They turn out amazing every time! Thank you for my favorite muffin recipe!

        1. I am so glad you are loving the muffins! Thank you for taking time to share your tips! Your muffins sound delicious! I appreciate your wonderful feedback!

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