Mom’s {Healthier} Zucchini Bread

Note: This is a guest post from Dana, who blogs at A Merry, Married, Mary Mom

I love recipes! I will sit down and read a recipe book {I can be a bit of a book nerd sometimes}, flip through Cooking Light {my favorite cooking magazine}, watch America’s Test Kitchen or just browse

One thing I have noticed that drives me crazy is how unhealthy some recipes can be!

I have little ones at home that I cook for and I do not want to train them to love foods that are rich with oil, sweetened with cups and cups of sugar and lacking any nutritional value. I believe that when we are to ‘train up a child in the way he should go {and when he is old he will not depart from it} also encompasses our diets.  I do think it is ok to splurge on occasion but I am referring to our everyday basic diet. Birthdays should always involve cake and ice cream {wink}.

This time of year we have zucchini a plenty so I have been making grilled zucchini, zucchini bread, zucchini brownies… anything zucchini. I found one fantastic zucchini bread recipe but I was appalled at the amount of oil and sugar it called for!

So here is my healthier version of Mom’s Zucchini Bread.

Mom’s {Healthier} Zucchini Bread

3 c all purpose flour 2 3/4 c all purpose flour

1/4 c whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 tsp ground cinnamon

3 eggs 2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil  3 Tbsp vegetable oil in a 1 cup measuring cup and pour {natural, no sugar added} applesauce into the same measuring cup to equal one cup of oil and applesauce Follow Me on Pinterest

2 1/4 c white sugar 1 cup white sugar {you could also use agave nectar but I didn’t have any on hand}

3 tsp vanilla extract

2 c grated zucchini 2 1/2 c grated zucchini
1 c chopped walnuts {optional}

1/2 c raisins {optional}



Grease 2 8×4 loaf pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir with a whisk.

Beat eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in zucchini, nuts and/or raisins until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

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Bake 40-60 minutes or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan and completely cool.

Enjoy! The best part is it makes 2 loaves – one for you and one for a friend!

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About the Author

Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married and a homeschooling mom to four children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for writing, encouraging other moms, her family, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and is an aspiring photographer.


  1. Katherine G

    This looks so yummy and healthy
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  2. June Isbel

    This sounds great! I need to try to make it. Is it sweet?

  3. I was just telling my husband yesterday that I wanted zucchini bread and needed a recipe and low and behold…
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