by Olena

Healthy Zucchini Bread (Video)

by Olena

4.6 from 13 reviews

Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat flour and low sugar and low fat. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe.

I love feeding my family low sugar and whole grain muffins and quick breads. Their absolute favorites are healthy banana muffins, healthy banana bread and healthy zucchini muffins. There is no need to eat dessert for breakfast!

Healthy Zucchini Bread in a loaf pan with fresh zucchini by the sides

Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe

My local farmer’s zucchini season is in full swing, yay!!! Therefore, super easy recipe and truly healthy zucchini bread with applesauce, honey and whole wheat or spelt flour. No white flour, no sugar, no oil without sacrificing the flavour or moistness.

This low sugar zucchini bread came out super delicious and very moist from all those freshly grated zucchini and applesauce. Honey and cinnamon add a really nice flavor touch to zucchini bread.

Feel free to add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries etc. I didn’t because I really wanted just a simple, sweet with no sugar, low fat zucchini bread with my cup of coffee or tea. But…but…just but…you absolutely have to try my healthy lemon zucchini bread. It melts in your mouth and is my favorite recipe I ever created!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce sliced

How to Make Healthy Zucchini Bread

Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe Ingredients

Healthy zucchini bread ingredients are super simple, wholesome and most likely you have on hand:

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • Honey
  • Applesauce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon, baking powder and soda, salt, and
  • Whole wheat or spelt flour.

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1. Combine all ingredients, except zucchini and flour, in a bowl and whisk well. Mixture will be foamy and bubbly because applesauce reacts with baking soda right away.
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2. Coarsely grate zucchini. Do not squeeze and do not pat dry. Just pack tightly 2 cups. We want all the juices for moist and healthy whole wheat zucchini bread.

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3. Add whole wheat, spelt or einkorn flour and stir until well mixed. I wouldn’t be too concerned with over mixing. Batter won’t be as thick as traditional muffin batter.

Healthy Zucchini Bread batter in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper

4. Pour into regular size loaf pan and bake for 60 mins. Photo shows a longer and skinnier loaf pan because I like to have fun.

Bake, cool, slice and enjoy! You know the drill.:)

Low Fat Zucchini Bread slices

Can I Freeze It?

Definitely.

Bake zucchini bread and cool completely. I recommend you do not slice bread before freezing. It retains its moisture better this way. Place in a gallon size Ziploc container, let out as much air as possible and seal. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, defrost on a counter. Takes about 3-4 hours. Zucchini bread will taste just like freshly baked. Pop it in a toaster for a minute for that freshly baked bread warmth and aromas.

Enjoy this healthy zucchini bread!

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

4.6 from 13 reviews

Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat flour and low sugar and low fat. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Muffins and Quick Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated zucchini (packed and not squeezed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat or spelt flour
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)
  • Chocolate chips, nuts etc., options add-ons (I didn’t)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add egg, applesauce, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt; whisk until combined. Add zucchini and stir. Add flour and mix gently with a spatula just enough to combine. Pour batter into previously prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  3. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 10 minutes. Holding onto the flaps of parchment paper remove healthy zucchini bread from a loaf pan and let it cool off completely before slicing with sharp serrated knife.

Store: Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 5 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. You have to grate zucchini. Maybe you can grate frozen and maybe bake with it but I haven’t tried. One reader mentioned she uses grated frozen zucchini in baking but not sure about the details.

  1. I had a huge zucchini in my garden and a friend recommended I use it to make zucchini bread. I found this recipe online because I wanted a healthier bread option. It is absolutely delicious and wonderfully moist. I have one in the oven now! My husband and I love this bread!

  2. I made the first loaf as written but used 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup unbleached A-P flour for a lighter texture. To the first loaf, I added 3/4 cup walnut pieces and a dash of nutmeg. delicious!! To the second loaf, I didn’t have enough zucchini so I added 1/2 cup grated carrots and added raisins (to hide the taste) and the nutmeg. My hubby will NOT eat carrots but raved about both loaves! thanks for the awesome recipe!

  3. Absolutely delicious and works with my low fat diet needs. Thank you so much for sharing and creating such a wonderful recipe.

  4. I just made this with some zucchini that I had in the freezer (it’s clean the freezer week), maple syrup, and chocolate chips. It’s really tasty! My husband couldn’t believe that I didn’t add any oil. I’ll definitely make this again.

  5. Do you think this would work using sugar free maple syrup? I have a ton of zucchini to use and am trying to make recipes but follow weight watchers points at the same time. Thank you in advance 🙂

  6. I tried this recipe and love it! I used half spelt flour and half white whole wheat flour. Even my picky husband asked for seconds. This will be my go-to recipe for zucchini bread. Thank you.

    1. You are very welcome, Vickie! Those are great substitutes that work because both flours are whole grain with bran. Awesome to hear it’s your new go-to healthy zucchini bread.

  7. This bread is so good! I need to eat a low fat diet and this was the perfect recipe. I have made it several times and I use whole wheat flour and maple syrup.

  8. I substituted paleo flour for the whole wheat and it didn’t set at all. I left it in the oven for 25 minutes longer and still no good. 🙁 the taste is amazing though!

    1. Hi Katie. You cannot substitute whole wheat flour with gluten free flour because this recipe needs gluten to rise. That’s why this healthy zucchini bread never rose. It would have to be completely different recipe. Overall you can never swap any GF flour for wheat in any recipe just to save you some disappointments in the future.:)

  9. Super moist and delicious. I made gluten-free with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 all purpose flour and homemade oatmeal flour and a touch of almond flour. I think I should have used a little more flour as the texture doesn’t seem quite “done.” But my four year-old LOVES it! And I do, too!

    1. More flour wouldn’t help. It’s because almond and oat flours have no gluten. They don’t absorb liquids like wheat flours do. When it comes to baking, it’s best to follow the recipe, especially with flours.:)

  10. Best zucchini bread EVER! Added chopped up 80% cacao ghiradelli bar for extra goodness!! Made with maple syrup and it was awesome!

  11. Positives:

    + Surprisingly moist bread for an all whole wheat flour recipe.
    + Easy recipe to execute.
    + I made one loaf with maple syrup and expected it to taste too strong but that wasn’t the case.
    + Second loaf used all honey and again, didn’t seem to taste like honey but just sweetened the bread.

    Negatives:

    – Flavor is too strong with whole wheat flour.

    – Cinnamon seemed high (even for this cinnamon lover) and I suspect it’s to help with the overwhelming flavor of all whole wheat.

    Overall – this recipe executed well, scientifically works great, and has a great texture and moisture content. Flavor, to me, wasn’t pleasing enough to decide to make this again. Perhaps subbing white whole wheat flour could taste better.

    1. I have a friend and she doesn’t like whole wheat flour and maple syrup baking. Period. So she bakes with all purpose flour and white sugar. End of story. Probably you are “the same friend”.?

  12. Whipped this up today. I added 1/2tsp betterNOW stevia, 3/4c walnuts and 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolates. It was wonderful. Next time I’ll bump up the stevia to 1 full tsp for my family’s taste buds. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. I have made a very similar recipe and have substituted almond flour using ¾ almond to ¼ spelt and tasted great I added a tsp more of baking powder to offset heaviness of almond flour, it is a matter of experimenting with the ratio until you find what works

  13. Just took mine out of the oven and can’t wait til after dinner to try a piece! I had everything on hand, even the chocolate chips! This was so easy to make and smells wonderful!!

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