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Soft Zucchini Bread Recipe (super easy!)

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There is nothing better than fresh zucchini bread in the middle of summer! This particular zucchini bread recipe is a buttery one, made with simple pantry ingredients and topped with lemon zest and sugar for an extra sweet topping.

Let the zucchini baked goods roll! Thanks to plentiful gardens around the country, we can make and enjoy zucchini brownies, zucchini enchiladas and this fabulous zucchini bread recipe all summer long.

zucchini bread recipe

Growing up, my Grandma had the most amazing garden and year to year would always have more zucchinis than she would know what to do with. Of course she would grate it up and add it to random recipes here and there, but the main way she would use all her zucchini was adding it to her Zucchini Bread Recipe that we would go crazy over. After getting my paws on that recipe after she passed, I realized that no matter how I tried, it would never be quite as good as Grandma’s.

So, although Grandma will always have the ultimate homemade recipe for zucchini bread (in my mind), I’ve made my own delicious, buttery, lemony version that is just as dreamy in different ways.

My Zucchini Bread Recipe

This particular recipe that I developed for zucchini bread is a lighter, sweeter version than many others on the internet. Many bake up darker than I prefer, calling for the addition of chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, raisins (ew) or other items.

My recipe doesn’t call for any extra add-ins and bakes light, moist and sweet thanks to butter, oil, buttermilk and of course zucchini! Topped with a simple lemon-sugar, this becomes the sweetest addition to any breakfast, afternoon tea or late-night snack.

zucchini loaf ingredients

Why you should bake with Zucchini

Just like a carrot cake, banana bread or pumpkin bread, the addition of a mashed fruit or grated vegetable into a cake batter is a welcome one, adding in not only nutrition but moisture! The warm summer months are when zucchinis are in season and when you’re probably finding lots of zucchini recipes pop up online. It’s the perfect time to experiment and add the extra benefits zucchini can bring to your baked goods. Try my Zucchini Lemon Poppyseed Cookies!

How to prepare zucchini for zucchini bread

Most recipes using fresh zucchini in this way will have you grate your zucchini and then remove any extra moisture.

  1. Wash your zucchini. No need to peel!
  2. Cut off one of the ends.
  3. Grate using a box grater or other medium to coarse grate.
  4. Transfer zucchini to a clean kitchen towel or several paper towels stacked together and wring out any extra moisture.
  5. Now your zucchini is ready to use!

zucchini loaf batter

How to make this homemade zucchini bread recipe

You only need about 15 minutes and a few pantry staples to make this simple zucchini bread batter!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a light colored loaf pan very well and set aside.
  2. Grate and prepare zucchini like mentioned above.
  3. Mix oil, butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together until smooth and well mixed.
  4. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together separately.
  5. Alternate adding in the dry mixture with the buttermilk, starting and ending with dry.
  6. Gently stir in grated zucchini by hand.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and top with lemon sugar.
  8. Bake 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Enjoy!
lemon zucchini bread recipe

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Be sure to pin/print/share/bookmark/email this recipe because it’s a great one to have on hand for these warmer summer months!

Have a great day, friends!

4.7 from 10 votes

Soft Zucchini Bread Recipe

There is nothing better than fresh zucchini bread in the middle of summer! This particular zucchini bread recipe is a buttery one, made with simple pantry ingredients and topped with lemon zest and sugar for an extra sweet topping.
servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins


For the zucchini bread-

For the Lemon Sugar Topping-


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a light colored loaf pan very well and set aside.
  • Grate zucchini on medium grater. Squeeze out excess moisture and dry on paper towels. Measure out 1 1/4 cups.
  • In a large bowl, mix canola oil, butter and sugar together until well combined. Add in eggs and vanilla and stir again until mixed and completely smooth.
  • Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Alternate adding in flour mixture and buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Scrape sides and mix again briefly to ensure a smooth batter.
  • Fold in zucchini by hand and pour into prepared pan.
  • For the lemon sugar, stir sugar together with lemon zest in a small bowl until well combined. Sprinkle over the top of the loaf.
  • Bake zucchini bread 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10-15 minutes before removing from pan and cooling completely.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini bread recipe

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21 Responses
  1. Lyn

    5 stars
    I just found your blog the other day and i love it, so many great recipes to try.
    I just finished making this Zucchini bread recipe and it is delicious.
    I actually made it into 6 mini loafs and they are adorable.
    Thanks for sharing this great recipe and thanks to your grandma too 🙂

  2. Agnes Porter

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren,

    I was searching for a new lemon zucchini recipe, I am not sure why, as I have the same recipe of your grandmothers. It has been a favourite in our family.
    I found it years ago in a cooking magazine, tried it out and we look forward to it every year at peak zucchini season.


  3. Alyssa

    5 stars
    I wish I had found this about a month ago! I had a zucchini plant that was going crazy, making about 3 ready-to-eat zucchinis a week. I thought up every recipe possible but this one sounds great. When I plant again next year I’ll be sure to include this in my zucchini-packed recipe repertoire! c:

  4. Kristin

    5 stars
    I have tried countless zucchini bread recipes unable to find one I truly loved; until now. This recipe is perfect. My kids have asked me to make it several times now.

  5. Lynda Todd

    I’m leaving a comment on this recipe because I accidentally order four bags of four zucchini in each bag for a total of 16 zucchini. I thought I was ordering 4 zucchini. Haha. Anyway I need zucchini recipes!