Homemade Olive Oil Zucchini Bread

This Homemade Olive Oil Zucchini Bread is super moist and delicious! And quite possibly may be THE BEST zucchini bread ever. Period.

Today is school picture day. Really it’s a love/hate day for me, because I have to get up at the crack of dawn and make sure my girls are dressed and do their hair special, make sure they are wearing underwear (don’t ask, long story) and make sure they don’t get a speck of breakfast on them… even though I try, they still find a way to make it happen. I do a double-triple-check with my youngest’s face and teeth, things are known to lodge themselves in there. Or it’s that she’s five and would rather stare at her Justin Bieber poster then brush her teeth! My oldest however is always on it and I totally trust her to get the job done!

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For breakfast on this special school picture day was this very zucchini bread that I made just this past Monday. I would have posted it sooner, but I do work and twelve hours a day at that, so that is my excuse for why this wasn’t up sooner… but me and my girls have been snacking on this and it has been breakfast for them the past two days {they think it’s cake and I’m thinking about how my youngest is eating a green vegetable in her breakfast!!} SCORE!  The specks of green and the flavor of cinnamon is my favorite and the cake ends up being very moist due to the applesauce and olive oil!

I had so much fun making this bread and photographing it. The colors popped! … and I finally got to use my new mixer!! It was great! I loved it! This zucchini bread recipe must be one every kitchen should have. It is simple, quick and yummy!

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First thing, here is what you’ll need: 2-3 Zucchinis, eggs, Olive Oil, Applesauce, vanilla, Kosher Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Flour and Sugar.

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Then, in your mixer, add 3 eggs, the half cup of oil and the half cup of unsweetened applesauce. Don’t be nervous about the olive oil, you won’t even taste it!

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Then turn on your mixer and mix until just combined.

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Then add the 3 teaspoons of vanilla, 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. I know that 3 tablespoons sounds like a lot but this recipe does make 2 loaves. Then add in 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and mix.

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Next add the two cups of sugar and the two cups flour.

NOTE: As of a few years ago, I sift all my dry ingredients before adding them to the mixer. However either way works!

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Mix until it just comes together. It should be a rich brown color. because of the cinnamon!

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Then give it a final stir with the spatula to insure you got all the stuff on the bottom of the bowl. Set aside just for a moment, it’s time to grate some zucchini!

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Next cut off the tops and ends of the zucchini. If you have a gigantic zucchini you probably will only use one. I have 3 smallish ones, but it is always better to have too much than not enough!

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Then cut your zucchini lengthwise to expose the seeds.

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Then scrape and scoop out all of the seeds. You don’t want the seeds in your bread!!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees!

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Next grate all your zucchinis until you have a huge heaping pile of shredded zucchini. If you are using a box grater you may want to wear some form of protective gear, because once you get going grating,  pieces of zucchini start flying! You’ll find pieces of it all over! I found some in the pockets of my apron, stuck to my cupboards and in my shoe… I’m still not sure how it got in there!

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Next, measure out a two generous cups of freshly grated zucchini. Really pack the cup full!

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Add it to the batter and fold it in.

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Now the next step is crucial, get a spoon… place it into the batter. Remove and taste. Okay, maybe not crucial… but delicious!

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Butter and flour a loaf pan. Pour the entire bowl of zucchini batter into the prepared pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 to 1hr and 10 minutes. Keep checking on it using a cake tester. Every oven is different, so when the tester comes out clean and the cake isn’t all jiggly… let cool and remove from loaf pan… then go ahead… slice and serve!

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Now, you know if you made a successful zucchini bread, when you see the tiny specks of the green zucchini flesh in the cake… and there is a nice crispy top to it as well. By the way there is only ONE way to eat zucchini bread.

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Get a slab of zucchini bread… yes I said slab. You want a nice thick piece… okay, maybe I want and nice and thick piece!

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Smother it with butter… I pulled out the best for this… my farm butter!

Well not my farm…

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The bread is still warm so it melts the butter in to a creamy layer of goodness.

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Now it’s the moment I have been waiting for… come to Mama!

Before I go…

PicMonkey Collage

I have some exciting news to share! I want to proudly announce the birth of my newest beautiful niece, Caroline Elizabeth. She was born September 9th, happy and healthy! It has been a busy year for my sister and brother-in-law, but they are so happy and so proud of their new bundle of joy! Also, that their first born daughter Meredith has a sister to grow up with! Coming from a family of 4 girls {myself} it is important that every girl has a sister {or a best friend}… someone to play with, read to and borrow shoes from! So when they are older they can keep secrets and have sister nights! It was such a wonderful sunny day to bring such a beautiful little baby into the world!! Congrats Christine & Aaron!! I have a feeling they will be best of friends!!

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance!


Yield: 2 loaves

Homemade Zucchini Bread

Homemade Zucchini Bread
The BEST zucchini bread ever. Period.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 generous cups of freshly grated zucchini
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour, plus more for dusting loaf pan
  • 3 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and butter, butter two 9x5 loaf pans and line with parchment or butter and flour them, omitting the parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Once sifted measure and add in the kosher salt.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar applesauce, oil and vanilla. Add in the grated zucchini. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, stir until just incorporated and divide the chocolate zucchini bread batter among the two prepared pans. (about 2-1/2 to 3 cups per pan)

Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a tester comes back with a few crumbs still attached.

Allow zucchini bread to cool completely before removing and slicing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 250mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 21g Protein: 2g
Nutrition information isnā€™t always accurate.

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14 Responses to “Homemade Olive Oil Zucchini Bread”

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    The Answer Is Chocolate — September 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    That looks delicious as always, and congratulations Auntie. You should link this up @ my open house tomorrow!

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    BakingWithoutABox — September 17, 2010 at 3:22 am

    What a sweet baby girl! Congrats to your family.
    Yum, this looks so good. Gotta save it. Amanda

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — September 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats on your beautiful niece! the zucchini bread looks delish, its one of my all time favs. Like you I get excited at the thought that my daughter is actually eating a green veggie, muchless at breakfast šŸ™‚ Thank goodness for zucchini bread!

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    Anne — September 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, and here I'd been looking for the best zucchini bread recipe ever! This looks moist and cinnamony. Thanks for the step-by-step on grating zucchinis too – I've baked seeds into things before, but agree, it's better without.

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    Amanda — September 18, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I looooove zucchini bread! I'm excited to try it out using applesauce.:) Beautiful pictures!


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    Sprinkled with Flour — September 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Now I'm craving zucchini bread, I may have to make a run to the store:) Congrats on your beautiful niece, she is such a doll!

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    Christine — September 19, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I need to get baking!!!! Thanks for the post shout out Laur…LOVE YOU!!!!!

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    Jill — September 23, 2010 at 4:01 am

    cleaned the zucchini out of my garden the other day and made a TRIPLE batch of this bread…my husband says it's the best ever! I love the cinnamon.

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    Kelly — November 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I'm making this for brunch this morning. 49 more minutes in the oven. The wait is torture!!

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    DeniseB — April 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Okay, i know this comment is a little late but I just linked back here to see the baby pics and saw the beautiful photos of the zuchini bread too. You have Adorable nieces! And the bread photos are sooo pretty! I love zuchini bread. I think I have one last bag of shredded Zuch in the freezer. Anyway, great job on the pics here. I really like how you ended it with bit on the fork- šŸ™‚

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    Ashley — July 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I have made this twice since I came across the recipe two weeks ago and it has been a hit! Everyone keeps saying it tastes “just like their grandma’s zucchini bread” and they comment on how moist and flavorful it is. The first time I made it I did cut the sugar to 1 1/4 Cups instead of 2 and then this last time I only used 3/4 Cup and it still turned out great. I would not use the full amount of sugar the recipe calls for – I just think it would be too sweet plus I try to cut some sugar whenever possible. I also did not scoop out the seeds – I just cut off the ends and shredded them as is. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • simplyscratch replied: — July 16th, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

      Yay, glad everyone love it! Thanks for sharing the tip about the sugar… I think I’ll give it a whirl with less sugar next time just to see šŸ™‚

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    Jennifer S — July 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Our favorite recipe for zucchini bread! Oops somehow the directions are for your chocolate zucchini bread….

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 22nd, 2016 @ 10:06 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I think I updated the method after I made the chocolate version. Anyway, it’s fixed! I’m so glad you love the recipe!

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