by Olena

Healthy Zucchini Bread (Video)

by Olena

4.8 from 21 reviews

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

Also healthy lemon zucchini bread and healthy chocolate zucchini bread are our family favorites.

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

Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe

Healthy zucchini bread is a result of my local farmer’s zucchini season 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.

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

Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce sliced

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.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Ingredients You Need

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.

Tip: 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.

Do I Have to Squeeze Zucchini?

No. All zucchini bread recipes differ and you have to carefully read the instructions. Some recipes ask you to squeeze zucchini and some don’t. So, it’s a valid question. You do not have to squeeze zucchini for my recipe because we want all the water to make the bread moist.

Do I Have to Peel Zucchini?

No. Generally for any of zucchini recipes we do not peel zucchini. Squash’s skin is very soft and once cooked it becomes very tender. So, do not waste your time and discard valuable nutrients. Yes, zucchini skin is healthy.

Do I Pack Zucchini in a Cup?

Yes. You want 2 cups packed of finely grated zucchini. As you fill up the cup with handfuls gently press on zucchini before adding more. Don’t go crazy but just pat it inside.

Can I Use Frozen Zucchini?

I have heard from a few readers they freeze grated zucchini and then use in baking. I have not tried. But if you are wondering, I would thaw frozen grated zucchini for a bit so it’s not one blob and try. Please let me know if you do.:)

How to Make Healthy Zucchini Bread

Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat or spelt flour and honey. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe; no oil or sugar. | ifoodreal.comHealthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat or spelt flour and honey. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe; no oil or sugar. | ifoodreal.com
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.
Healthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat or spelt flour and honey. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe; no oil or sugar. | ifoodreal.comGrated Zucchini for Healthy Zucchini Bread

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.

Whole Wheat Zucchini BreadHealthy Zucchini Bread with applesauce, whole wheat or spelt flour and honey. Super delicious, easy and moist recipe; no oil or sugar. | ifoodreal.com

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

4.8 from 21 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. This is the second zucchini recipe of yours I’ve made in two days. Both are delicious! I intend on making a lot more of your amazing recipes as well! Cheers to a fellow BCer! 😊

  2. I has a huge zucchini that I needed to use before it went bad. I saw this recipe and loved how it used healthy ingredients. I made a bunch of little loafs and gave them out to family and friends. Everyone loved it! I have another huge zucchini and requests for more bread. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  3. I modified this as I didn’t have whole wheat flour, so not as healthy…. 🙂 but turned out amazing and my 5 year old loved it. I added mini chocolate chips.
    Also didn’t have a grater to do finely grated, so I used largely grated. Still worked. Used maple syrup. Moist and delicious. Will make again.

  4. I received some zucchini from a neighbors garden so I searched the internet for a healthy recipe that calls for applesauce when I came across your website and recipe. I have plenty of home canned applesauce from our bumper crop last fall and I am always looking for ways to incorporate it into a recipe. I made one change in your recipe, I used organic blue Agave syrup instead of maple syrup or honey. The bread turned out moist and delicious, I will now use this recipe when I make zucchini bread.

  5. This is a great recipe, the only change I made was using minute oatmeal and ground it into flour for 2 cups of oatmeal flour. Extra baking soda and powder, it didn’t have much rise but it was very moist and very good.

  6. This is delicious! I have made four loaves in the last two days! I am throwing out my old recipe. Super moist and flavorful. I have made two with honey and two with maple syrup. So so good!

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