A moist vegan gluten-free zucchini bread with delicious fall spices and crunchy nuts. Bonus, this vegan zucchini bread recipe is also oil-free and refined-sugar-free!
This vegan zucchini bread recipe is ideal for a summery toast—a moist bread with amazing spice flavors, crunchy nuts, and tangy lemon glazing.
What’s vegan zucchini bread?
Zucchini bread is a classic baking recipe to use all the summer zucchinis that grow in your garden. It is a deliciously moist bread, full of grated zucchinis and a touch of cinnamon flavor.
This vegan, gluten-free version of zucchini bread has the same texture and flavors, without eggs or dairy. It is a healthy vegan breakfast bread made of grated zucchini, nourishing gluten-free flours, oil-free, and refined sugar-free.
Healthy vegan zucchini bread ingredients
This vegan zucchini bread recipe is a very healthy breakfast bread using only gluten-free nourishing flours, no oil or refined sugar. All you need to make this healthy vegan bread recipe are:
- Grated zucchini – make sure you squeeze out ALL the water from the zucchini, or your zucchini bread will be too moist.
- Coconut sugar – or unrefined cane sugar if preferred.
- Maple syrup – or agave syrup or rice syrup.
- Applesauce – this is an oil-free vegan zucchini bread recipe. Therefore, applesauce replaces oil and creates the best moist texture too.
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk – any dairy-free milk like almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk works in this recipe.
- Nuts – the secret of this vegan zucchini bread is the addition of crunchy walnuts and pecans. Both add nutritional values, vegan iron, and vegan proteins while adding the most delicious texture.
- Spices – a combination of ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
- Lemon glazing – this is optional, but the glazing adds a tangy flavor to the bread. Its made of powdered sugar-free erythritol (or icing sugar) and lemon juice.
- Oat flour – make sure it is ultra-fine, or it will not absorb moisture the same way. To make your own, place rolled oats into a powerful blender or food processor. Pulse until fine, usually 2 minutes maximum. You can swap oat flour with all-purpose wheat flour if desired.
- Almond flour
- Arrowroot flour or tapioca flour
- Baking powder – yes, you need 3 teaspoons of baking powder in this recipe.
How to make vegan zucchini bread?
Oven and pan
Before you start baking this delicious bread, preheat your oven on fan-forced mode at 350F (180C). Then, cover your loaf pan with parchment paper and use a bit of coconut oil or olive oil to grease all around. You can also bake this bread in conventional mode.
To achieve the same texture, it is better to split the batter into 12 muffins pan or in two loaf pan, 9 inches x 5 inches. Baked goods bake faster on fan-forced mode, and if you do not have this option on your oven, it’s always preferable to split the batter and cook it in smaller pans to still get the same texture.
Prepare the zucchinis
First, trim the zucchinis ends, keep the skin on and grate finely with a hand grater. It is crucial to squeeze out all the zucchini water from the grated zucchini. Place the grated zucchini in a towel, squeeze hard until no more water comes out.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: grated zucchini, maple syrup, vanilla, non-dairy milk, applesauce with coconut sugar. You can add the coconut sugar in the dry ingredients, but the flavors blend better if combined with the wet.
Combine the flours
In another large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, oat flour, spices, and baking powder.
Fold in liquid to dry
The best way to avoid lumps in your batter is to combine the liquids into the flours. Then, simply fold in the finely chopped nuts halfway through. You can also make this bread recipe with vegan chocolate chips instead of nuts!
Bake on fan-forced mode
This zucchini bread is baked on fan-forced mode in a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan at 350 F (180C). This recipe makes a large, heavy bread. That’s why it bakes faster on fan-forced mode. For conventional mode, bake the bread in two loaf pan at the same temperature in the center rack of the oven. It should bake as well.
The key to making moist zucchini bread is to cool down the bread in two steps. First, cool down 10 minutes in the pan. Next, cool down for 3 hours on a cooling rack. Finally, slice and serve plain or with the spread of your choice.
Can I bake this zucchini bread in muffin tins?
Yes, you can bake this zucchini bread batter into 12 muffins. Use a jumbo 12 hole muffin pan. First, grease the muffin tins with oil or add a paper case to them. Then, fill the muffin holes up to 3/4 of its volume.
If you have leftover batter, keep it on the benchtop and bake later in the same muffin tray. Finally, bake the muffins for about 45 minutes at 180 C (350F).
This vegan zucchini bread is a delicious, nourishing breakfast or snack. It is even better with a lemon glazing that adds a tangy lemon flavor to the bread. However, you can skip the glazing and serve the bread with other toppings like:
- Nut butter – peanut butter or almond butter
- Coconut yogurt
How to store zucchini bread?
Zucchini bread store up to 3 days in the pantry or 5 days in the fridge. Another option is to freeze the bread in an airtight container, cut into slices. Simply defrost the bread slice the day before on a plate at room temperature.
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Vegan-Gluten Free Zucchini Bread
- 1 cup Grated Zucchini - squeeze out ALL water in a towel
- ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
- ¾ cup Applesauce - or mashed banana
- ⅓ cup Coconut Sugar
- ¾ cup Almond Milk - or non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 ¼ cup Oat Flour - fine
- 1 ½ cup Almond Flour
- ¼ cup Arrowroot Flour - or Tapioca flour
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ginger
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
Fold in ingredients
- ½ cup Walnuts - finely chopped
- ½ cup Pecan nuts - finely chopped
Lemon glazing - optional
- ⅔ cup + 2 tablespoons icing sugar - or powdered erythritol
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
- Preheat oven fan-forced 350°F (180°C). Line a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Lightly oil paper and pan to prevent the bread from sticking to it. Set aside.
- Trim the zucchini ends, grate with a hand grater, wrap the grated zucchini in a towel and squeeze out all the water. This is a very important step to avoid overly moist bread. Measure 1 cup and place it in a large mixing bowl.
- In the bowl containing the grated zucchinis, stir in maple syrup, applesauce, coconut sugar, almond milk, and vanilla. Set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, stir in almond flour, oat flour, arrowroot flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
- Stir the zucchini liquid batter into the flour bowl and fold in chopped nuts halfway.
- Transfer the zucchini batter into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth the surface with a spatula and gently tap the loaf pan a few times on the benchtop to remove any air stuck in the batter.
- Bake for 70-80 minutes on fan-forced oven, center rack. You may have to add a piece of foil on top of the pan after 40 minutes to prevent the top from burning. If you are using the conventional baking mode, the bread will take longer to bake, approximately 15 more minutes.
- Remove from the oven when a skewer inserted in the loaf come out clean or with a little crumb on it.
- Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then pull out the pieces of parchment paper to unmold.
- Cool on a rack for 3 hours before slicing.
Storage & freezing
- Store in the pantry for up to 3 days or 5 days in the fridge.
- Freeze the zucchini bread slices in an airtight container. Defrost slices the day before at room temperature.