Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread may sound like a peculiar combination at first, but it’s an absolutely mouth-watering delight! In fact, it’s SO popular in the US that it has its own annual day of celebration on April 25th, known as National Zucchini Day. I know pretty much everything has its own “national day” these days with the rise of social media, but zucchini bread is clearly appreciated by the masses!

First invented in the late 18th century, this healthy combo is easy to make and very difficult to get wrong, so it’s perfect for any beginner bakers out there who want a more inventive snack option. This scrumptious bread is usually a hit with even the pickiest of eaters and it’s a definite crowd pleaser even when it comes to the kids (and a great way to sneak some extra veg into their diets!).

When is Zucchini Ripe?

Unlike bananas, which tend to be tastier when they’ve become over-ripe, zucchini is at its best before it matures. Zucchini itself is a super-health food that’s rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber. So not only is this an incredibly yummy and convenient snack to have on hand, it’s good for you too!

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How to Grate Zucchini for Bread

It’s best to thickly grate your zucchini when you’re making zucchini bread. I know it’s tempting to peel the skin but you should actually leave it on because it’s full of healthy vitamins and minerals. It also contributes to the texture and adds a nice color to the bread once it melts in.

Try to pick up a smaller zucchini if you can, around 8 to 10 inches long, because the larger zucchini tend to be quite dry and bitter. How you choose to grate it really depends on what kitchen equipment you have available. If you’re grating a small amount, then a cheese grater will work perfectly. But if you’re grating a larger amount of zucchini, it’s probably better to use a food processor that’s fitted with a grating disk.

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How to Freeze Zucchini Bread

To freeze your zucchini bread, wrap it tightly with plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil, or use a heavy-duty freezer bag. When kept constantly frozen at 0°F, zucchini bread  will keep indefinitely, but it’s best consumed within 2-3 months of freezing.

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How Many Calories are in Zucchini Bread?

Zucchini bread isn’t too bad on the calorie front. It’s not exactly a staple food for cutting calories but it’s not the worst either. There are 150 calories in an average slice of zucchini bread and about half of those calories are carbs. If you want to reduce the calorie content in your zucchini bread, you can simply substitute or reduce some of the higher calorie ingredients such as sugar and butter.

All Zucchini Bread Recipes

Nothing beats a zucchini bread recipe when it comes to a moist and delicious morning snack or something to pair with your coffee or tea. Here’s a list of all of our Zucchini Bread recipes.