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Zucchini Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

Updated on July 31, 2015

Zucchini Bread

There are many different recipes for zucchini bread. I have been using this one for so many years that I don't even remember where or who I got it from. It has a lot of different textures in it from crunchy because of the nuts to chewy from the raisins and of course the cake part itself. It makes it all so very delicious. It doesn't even need icing or a glaze on top, therefore eliminating extra sugar and calories.

Why they call it a bread I don't know, To me, it more of a cake, but maybe because it's baked in bread pans. So you could call it a sweet bread. This recipe makes 2 loaves so there times when I baked it in a Bundt pan, making it a cake.

One thing I love about these breads or other breads like banana bread or apple bread is you can just mix everything all together. You don't need your mixer or have to mix ingredients in stages like you do with certain cakes. They are rustic and are made in a rustic fashion. That is why you can make breads in muffin pans and turn them into muffins.

I have done that when I didn't have the time to let it bake in the oven for nearly an hour. Hope you try this simple recipe, I'm sure you'll like it.

Tips About the Oil and Juice

When I read the original recipe many years ago it called for 1 whole cup of oil. I thought that was too much so I used 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of orange juice. You can certainly use the whole cup of oil if you want to.

Also if you would like to change the orange juice to pineapple or apple juice, that will be just as good.

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Zucchini Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

Toppings

If you like cream cheese the whipped type is really great on a slice of this zucchini bread. I say whipped because it's easy to spread, the original cream cheese breaks it apart.

Jelly or jam or preserves are also good toppings. If you are not concerned with cholesterol then butter is too.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Yields 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated and water squeezed out of it
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans or spray with baking spray or non stick spray
  2. In a large bowl add the eggs, oil, orange juice and sugar. Beat with a whisk till all is mixed together. Add the zucchini and stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon till it's all mixed together.
  4. Pour even amounts into your prepared pans and bake for at least 50 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  5. Turn them out onto cooling wracks (if you have them) to cool. If not, then just onto a pan or aluminum foil. Enjoy!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Rebecca, thanks for the visit and nice comment. I appreciate it and for pinning it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I like this unique recipe for zucchini bread with raisins and walnuts. It looks so good. Pinning to Healthy and Yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Pat, Thanks again, I can always count on you. It's really easy to make because you don't have to sift the flour or get out the beaters, just mix it all together. Hope you like it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peachpurple, It makes 2 loaves, and you can certainly cut it in half. It's always best to make less just in case you didn't like the recipe. Thanks for the visit and comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are right, Rachel. There are many recipes for zucchini bread and believe it or not I have never tried one. I have eaten it on a number of occasions...some yummy, some not so much.

      I will have to give yours a try because I feel certain it would not be here if you made it!!!

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      That is a huge amount. I guess I need to cut into half the amount.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I'm glad.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are welcome! I love cream cheese and that sound so delicious!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie. Thank you so much for the visit and great comments. I forgot to add to the hub that Whipped Cream Cheese (if you like it) is really delicious on a slice of this zucchini bread which is great for breakfast with coffee or tea. I am going to edit it and add it now. Thanks also for the votes.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You just have the best recipes! I will sure copy this and make as soon as my zucchinis come on! I always keep walnuts and raisins already. Up and sharing!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Minnetonka Twin, Thanks for visiting and for the votes and comments. You can change any recipe to fit your needs. A lot of people are even allergic to nuts. Hope you enjoy it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I love the idea of adding raisins in my Zucchini bread. I'm not fond of nuts in my breads and will keep those out, but can't wait to make this with all the Zucchini's I have. Hit many buttons and voted up and pinning.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Alicia, I always appreciate your visits and comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love muffins and sweet breads because they are so quick and easy to make. This sounds like a delicious version of zucchini bread. I like the idea of substituting orange juice for some of the oil!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks so much, Poetryman, I always like your comments and visits.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Cornelia, You'd be surprised at how much you can reduce the amount of fat in a recipe and still have a good product. You must substitute another liquid or applesauce to keep it moist, though. Thanks for the visit and comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peggy, Thank you for the visit and the great comment and the vote. All is appreciated. This is the month for zucchini.

      Blessings to you.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      The finished loaves look beautiful. I like banana nut bread but this looks just as good if not better.

      Voted up for looking delicious!

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Looks so delicious. It is very good that you use not that much oil, I myself also don't like fatty food. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      M-M-Good! I love zucchini bread and often add nuts but think I'll also add raisins next time as you did in yours. Gave this a 5 star rating and will pin to my cakes and sweet breads board. Also give this a share. I have loads of zucchini in the house right now. A perfect time to make a loaf!