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How to Make Healthier Zucchini Bread

Updated on November 7, 2014

Zucchini Bread Is One of My Favorite Recipes

With several zucchini plants that we had once grown out on my sister-in-laws farm, our zucchinis had gone wild. We first managed to pick this squash before it became overgrown. A garden too huge for us to handle, there just wasn't enough time to take care of it properly before the zucchinis became monster size.

Zucchini bread is one of my favorite recipes and an ideal recipe to use those monster size zucchinis.

More than half the time when I bake zucchini bread, I add a cup of chocolate chips to the mix. Being a chocoholic, this is a must to add to most sweet recipes. Below is the original recipe with optional chocolate chips and a healthier version.

Whether you are looking to cut back on calories, diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, or just want to eat healthier, but still crave a sweet snack, the healthy zucchini bread recipe is right for you.

Original Zucchini Bread Recipe in Print - Post This in Your Kitchen for Reference


Cast Iron Bread Pan - Ease and Convenience of Cooking and Baking

Camp Chef Home Seasoned Cast Iron Bread Pan
Camp Chef Home Seasoned Cast Iron Bread Pan

This cast iron bread pan offers even heat distribution providing a golden brown crust every time you bake. The handles on each end make it easier to lift the pan in and out of the oven. True-seasoned pan is ready to use right out of the box.


Mixing Bowl Set - Solid Without Being Too Heavy

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set, White
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set, White

The handy set of mixing bowls from renowned Oxo Good Grips includes 1-1/2-quart, 3-quart, and 5-quart sizes. Crafted with durable, brushed stainless steel interiors that retain temperatures for chilling and marinating, the bowls feature white plastic exteriors that shield hands from extreme temperatures.


Funny Zucchini T-Shirt

More to Zucchinis then just food

We we had the oversized zucchini, my daughter held them up to her chest as if they were sagging...well you get the idea. I turned this photo that I took into a cartoon.

Don’t Hate My “Double Z” Zucchinis! Tee Shirts by Sandyspider

Why Change This Into a Healthier Recipe?

It makes sense to cut back on empty calories when we can

A recipe conversion is not only geared for diabetics, but for people with food allergies too..

Starting off with the flour; wheat allergies have became more common, specifically as we get older. Gluten is a special type of protein that is commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley. Middle age women are more prone to being intolerant to gluten. People with gluten intolerance respond to gluten by having an immune reaction. This can cause a variety of symptoms. Diarrhea, fatigue, anemia, sudden malnutrition, weight loss, weight gain, and muscle cramps may all result.

If you are diabetic or just want to cut back on sugar and calories Sucralose which is created from sugar does not break down in the body in the same way that regular sugar does. Sucralose is available as Splenda. Splenda is safe to use in diabetic cooking and contains fewer calories than sugar. One cup of sugar equals 770 calories. On cup of Splenda equals 96 calories.

Egg beaters can be used in place of eggs for those who are watching their cholesterol. Or if you are a vegan, silken tofu works well in place of eggs, though the bread will be a bit heavier. To replace one egg in a recipe, pure 1/4 cup soft tofu.

One cup of vegetable oil can be replaced with one cup unsweetened applesauce.

As noted above, I like to add chocolate chips to this bread. Substitute semi-sweet dark chocolate chips in place of milk chocolate chips. Dark chocolate is good for you and full of antioxidants.

Read more on the benefits of dark chocolate here. Antioxidants of Chocolate.

Beautiful Zucchini Flowers on Gifts


Zucchini Flowers on Gifts

Besides the funny zucchini gifts created on Zazzle, these are gifts shown above with the beautiful zucchini flowers. These designs come in other product types. T-shirts, text and images can be customized right from the products shown. Change or take out text, add your own photo or resize the one shown. Change the womens t-shirt in a kids sweatshirt. The possibilities are endless.

The photo flowered gifts along with the funny gifts on Zazzle are shown in this link below. There are presently more than 80 different gift ideas with this squash.

Sandyspider: Zucchini Gifts – View here on Zazzle

Start with Gluten Free

And Tofu

Zucchini and Zucchini Bread

by Temaciejewski
by Temaciejewski | Source

Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe

Make This Tonight


3 cups all-purpose gluten free flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 cup soft tofu pure

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups Splenda

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans.

3. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon in a bowl.

4. Beat together the tofu pure, vanilla extract, Splenda and unsweetened applesauce together in a large bowl.

5. Mix sifted ingredients in with the creamed mixture, and beat well.

6. Stir in grated zucchini and nuts until well combined. Add one cup chocolate chips if desired.

7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.

8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

9. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Then remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

Yield 2 loaves

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      Sandy Mertens 18 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Susie, Zucchini bread is always a delicious treat.

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      Susie Lehto 19 months ago from Minnesota

      I love zucchini bread fresh and warm from the oven with lots of melted butter on it. I want some!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      ardhendudey Thanks for visiting.

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      Ardhendu Dey 3 years ago from Jamshedpur

      Thanks for sharing, nice post :)

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Arco Hess Designs Zucchini bread is yummy.

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      Arco Hess 3 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas

      I love zucchini bread. It's soooooooo yummy!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Found this link on Add a URL.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Zucchini Bread! Yum!

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      congrats. you deserve it. well presented lens.

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Definitely deserving of an award. I'm sure many people will find this conversion to be very useful.

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      BelindaBlevins 7 years ago

      My favorite bread is molasses bread, but I love zucchini bread too.

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      Your lens has won category 1 of the Now Make It Healthy Challenge: Your Favorite Recipes Get A Healthy Makeover. Congrats :)!

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      I'm usually not very good at baking bread . . . but this lens is inspiring. Would love to try the one of these recipes.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Can't wait to try a healthier way to make zucchini bread. All of your recipes are always so delicious, I am sure this one will be great!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks for sharing a healthier way to make this. I just may try it.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      The recipes and products all look good :) I dont think I have had Zuchini bread before..

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      ItsAngel LM 7 years ago

      great lens, Sandy!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love Zucchini Bread. Your healthier recipes sound great. Thanks for sharing. Love your intro image. Blessed!

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Yum! I bake a apple/cinnamon bread and also a pumpkin bread. So yummy!! I will have to try your recipe it sounds wonderful!

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      :) love the first picture. great lens. thanks for entering it in the challenge

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Looks very good! Love your intro photo!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm, I do love zucchini bread. I definitely go for the apple sauce over the oil, but that's about as healthy as I go!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      I do like the healthier version Sandy...all the oil in most recipes I've seen almost makes me cringe. Thanks for sharing this recipe for zucchini bread.