A Healthy Banana Zucchini Bread with a delicious moist cinnamon banana crumble filled with crunchy pecans. This is a delicious, healthy banana bread to sneak some greens into your morning.
Plus, this banana bread is also vegan, egg-free, and dairy-free.
What’s Zucchini Banana Bread?
A zucchini banana bread is a banana bread filled with shredded zucchinis that add moisture to the bread. It also adds a touch of greens to your day, making zucchini banana bread a healthy choice as a summer breakfast bread.
How to make Healthy Banana Zucchini Bread?
This recipe is a healthy banana zucchini bread made without eggs, dairy, or refined sugar and using nourishing whole wheat flour. It’s a very easy bread to make using a few simple, wholesome ingredients.
Let’s see what you need to make this delicious banana bread with zucchinis:
The ingredients you need to make this healthy zucchini banana bread are:
- White whole wheat flour – or all-purpose flour.
- Ripe bananas – the riper, the sweeter the bread will taste, but yellow bananas also work very well.
- Shredded zucchinis – for this particular recipe, you won’t need to squeeze out the water from the zucchinis. This is because the bread is made of high-fiber white wholewheat flour that balances the extra moisture from the zucchinis. It’s also convenient as it makes this zucchini bread recipe way faster.
- Extra virgin light olive oil – or vegetable oil you love, including melted coconut oil.
- Unrefined cane sugar or coconut sugar – you can use any crystal sweetener you have in your pantry but not a liquid sweetener like maple syrup. In fact, liquid sweetener makes this bread gummy and heavy, so it’s better to avoid it.
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Pecans or walnuts – the addition of nuts is optional, but it adds a delicious crunch and some healthy fats, plant-based proteins, and fiber. Another option is to swap the nuts for chocolate chips. If you do so, choose sugar-free dark chocolate chips to avoid adding too much sugar to this healthy banana zucchini bread recipe.
First, peel, mash the bananas, on a chopping board and measure the exact amount required by the recipe. This is very important because bananas add not only moisture but also some texture.
If you don’t add enough of them, the bread can end up dry or fragile and less sweet.
Next, trim the end of the zucchinis and shred them on the smaller grater blade of your food processor or hand grater.
Measure 1 cup of shredded zucchinis, but don’t squeeze the moisture from them.
My other vegan zucchini bread recipe calls for squeezing out the zucchini water, but for this banana zucchini bread, the zucchini moisture gives the bread its texture, so keep it.
Combining dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
Next, combine the mashed bananas with olive oil, sugar, vanilla extract, shredded zucchinis, and chopped pecans. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
Combine the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Don’t over mix the batter to avoid gummy bread. If your batter is too dry, you can add a splash of almond milk at room temperature up to 2 tablespoons.
First, preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Next, line a 9×5-inch pan with parchment paper and lightly oil the paper with coconut oil or olive oil.
Then, transfer the banana bread batter into the pan and sprinkle extra pecans nuts on top of the bread if desired.
Bake your healthy banana zucchini bread in the center rack of the oven for 60-70 minutes. It’s quite a big loaf, and it takes a while to bake.
That’s why I recommend tenting the top of the loaf pan with a piece of foil to prevent the top of the bread from burning.
Check the baking process regularly by inserting a toothpick in the center of the zucchini banana bread to check if it’s cooked through.
If the pick inserted in the center comes out clean, then the bread is ready. If it comes out very wet, keep baking for longer.
Cool the baked banana zucchini bread on a wire rack for at least 3 hours or overnight. The longer it cools down, the better the texture will be.
If you don’t want to use white wholewheat flour, there are other options. Use the same amount of:
- All-purpose flour or cake flour
- White spelt flour
- All-purpose gluten-free flour
However, note that this recipe won’t work with almond flour, coconut flour, or oat flour. Since this is an egg-free banana zucchini bread, these three flours won’t be able to hold the bread crumbs together.
You can add many delicious ingredients to this banana zucchini bread batter. We really enjoy 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, but if you don’t have any, try some of the options below:
- Dark chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped walnuts
- Dried fruits – chopped apricots, dates, or dried raisins
A healthy banana zucchini bread
This banana zucchini bread is a very healthy banana bread to start the day or snack on. The main reasons it’s healthier than regular banana zucchini bread are:
- Less saturated fat – this recipe doesn’t use eggs or butter and only olive oil as fat. Olive oil is a healthy low-saturated fat oil to bake bread and high in healthy fat, including omega-3 and omega-6.
- Less sugar – this recipe contains only a low amount of added sugar and unrefined sugar to add more nutrients to your banana bread.
- High in fiber – white whole wheat flour is higher in fiber and makes more nourishing, fulfilling baked goods than white flour.
This banana zucchini bread stores very well in the fridge, in an airtight container. It can also be frozen. The best is to freeze slices so you can thaw one serving at a time when you feel like eating a slice of banana bread.
You can serve this banana bread with zucchini on its own. It’s sweet and delicious plain. But, for a nutritious breakfast, add a dollop of one of the spreads below.
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Chia seed jam
More zucchini recipes
I love baking with zucchini because it adds the most delicious moist texture to bread and brownies.
It’s also a great way to use all the overgrown summer zucchinis or to sneak a piece of greens into your plate while enjoying a treat.
Below I listed my favorite zucchini recipes for you to try.
Have you made this zucchini banana bread recipe? Share a comment or review below to tell me how much you love this recipe!
Your friend, Carine
Healthy Banana Zucchini Bread
- 1 ½ cup Mashed Bananas - about 4 small bananas
- 1 cup Shredded Zucchinis - packed in the cup, not squeezed.
- 1 ¾ cup White Wholewheat Flour - or spelt flour or All-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Unrefined Cane Sugar - or coconut sugar or white sugar
- ⅓ cup Light Olive Oil - or melted coconut oil or vegetable oil you like
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Pecan - finely chopped
- Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper with olive oil. Set aside.
- Peel and mash bananas and measure the exact amount required by the recipe. Set aside.1 1/2 cup Mashed Bananas
- Trim the ends of the zucchinis, shred with the fine grater blade of a food processor or hand grater, Pack into a cup to measure the amount you need, don't squeeze out the water from the zucchinis. Set aside.1 cup Shredded Zucchinis
- In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.1 3/4 cup White Wholewheat Flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder, 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, sugar, olive oil, vanilla, shredded zucchinis, and chopped pecans.1/2 cup Unrefined Cane Sugar, 1/3 cup Light Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 1/2 cup Pecan
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don't over mix to avoid gummy or dense bread. If too dry, this happens if you accidentally remove the juice from the zucchinis, you can add up to 2 tablespoons of almond milk at room temperature to bring the batter together.
- Transfer the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle extra chopped pecans on top if desired.
- Bake for 60-80 minutes - I recommend tenting the pan with a piece of foil after 45 minutes to prevent the top from browning too fast. The bread is ready when a pick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out dry or with a little crumb on it.
- Cool down for 3 hours or overnight before slicing. The bread will deflate slightly and get all its texture when it reaches room temperature.
- Store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months in freezer bags.