This healthy Zucchini Carrot Bread recipe is incredibly moist and flavorful, loaded with shredded carrots, zucchini, fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and crunchy pecans. Bonus, this healthy carrot bread contains no eggs, no dairy or butter, and wholesome ingredients.
What’s zucchini carrot bread?
It’s a combination of a zucchini bread and a carrot bread recipe. It results in a super moist bread that tastes like a carrot cake but with zucchini added for extra moisture. This bread is perfect for adding extra vegetables to your day while enjoying a sweet piece of baked goods.
How to make healthy zucchini carrot bread?
It’s super easy to make a zucchini carrot bread in less than 15 minutes. All you need are a few simple, wholesome ingredients, including:
- Shredded zucchinis – keep the skin on for extra nutrients and fibers. Trim ends, grate as thin as you can to add moisture and texture to the bread. Then, place in a clean kitchen towel and wrap to squeeze out all the zucchini juice. Discard the juice or keep for another recipe.
- Shredded carrots – you don’t have to squeeze out the juice of the carrots. Shred them using the same box grater grating attachment and thickness as for your zucchinis.
- Flour – you can use all-purpose flour, spelt flour, or all-purpose gluten-free flour.
- Apple sauce – this is the magic ingredient to decrease saturated fat in your bread. It acts as an egg replacer, avoids having to add too much oil, and also adds the moist, delicious flavor and texture to this carrot apple zucchini bread.
- Light olive oil or canola oil, or melted coconut oil.
- Unsweetened almond milk or any dairy-free milk you love.
- Unrefined cane sugar, white sugar, or erythritol for a sugar-free diabetes-friendly option.
- Soft brown sugar – or coconut sugar or brown erythritol.
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Chopped pecans. Feel free to swap for any other nuts you love, like walnuts or chopped almonds.
Before starting, prepare a pan: grease a 9-inch loaf pan with coconut oil or olive oil. Cover the sides with hanging pieces of parchment paper. Set it aside.
Prepare the vegetables
First, prepare your vegetable. Peel off the skin of the carrots, trim ends, and grate using the smaller attachment of your hand grater. Set aside in a bowl.
Next, shred the zucchinis, but first, trim their ends, and don’t peel off your zucchinis. This adds nutrients, fiber, and texture to the bread.
Finally, drain the shredded zucchinis in a kitchen towel to remove all their juice.
Combine wet ingredients, sugar, and vegetable
In a mixing bowl, combine all the wet ingredients with both sugar. Whisk applesauce, oil, almond milk, brown sugar, and sugar until well combined. Now, stir in grated vegetables and chopped nuts. Set aside.
Combine dry ingredients to wet ingredients
In another large bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Set it aside.
Finally, pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir well to combine until the batter is smooth and no lumps show.
You can work in 2 additions, adding the dry ingredients progressively to avoid lumps in the batter.
Pour the batter in a 9-inch loaf pan covered with greased parchment paper. Let some pieces of parchment paper hang out from the pan to makes it easier to unmold the bread later.
Bake the zucchini carrot bread for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Cool the zucchini bread recipe down on a cooling rack for at least 3 hours before slicing. This is a great time to prepare your frosting if used.
You don’t have to frost this bread, but if you want to add a touch of sweetness you can pick one of my two vegan frosting options below. Both are dairy-free and delicious on top of this carrot bread.
Or you can add a drizzle of 1 cup dairy-free coconut yogurt combined with 1 cup icing sugar. You can use any chopped nuts or shredded coconut to top the frosting and add extra crispy texture to the carrot bread.
This quick bread store very well in a cake box in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also slice the carrot zucchini bread and store it in the freezer for later. Thaw the slice of bread at room temperature before serving.
This carrot bread is delicious on its own as a healthy breakfast bread. But you can also serve your bread slice topped with one of the healthy toppings options below.
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Chia seed jam
If you have some food allergies, I have some options below.
- Nut-free – replace the 1/2 cup of chopped nuts with shredded coconut or dark chocolate chips.
- Gluten-free – replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend that contains added gums.
- Sugar-free – replace sweeteners with erythritol.
- Applesauce swap – you can replace apple sauce with mashed bananas.
More zucchini recipes
I love to create zucchini baked goods recipes to use all my summer garden zucchinis or to create healthy recipes with extra vegetables. Below I listed my favorite healthy zucchini recipes for you to try.
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Your friend, Carine
Zucchini Carrot Bread
- ¼ cup Light Olive Oil - or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Almond Milk
- ½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce - or mashed bananas
- ¼ cup Unrefined Cane Sugar - or white sugar
- ½ cup Light Brown Sugar - or coconut sugar
- 1 cup Shredded Zucchinis - packed, drained from their liquid
- 1 cup Shredded Carrots
- 1 ½ cup All-purpose Flour - or White whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ cup Chopped Walnuts - or pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Slightly oil paper. Set aside.
- First, cut and discard the extremities of zucchinis. Next, peel half of the skin or all of it, as you prefer. Grate the zucchinis on the smaller blade of your food processor or hand grater.
- Place the shredded zucchinis in a clean kitchen towel and wrap, squeeze until all the zucchinis water has been extracted. Discard zucchini water.
- Pack the shredded, drained zucchinis in a measuring cup to measure 1 cup. Set aside with the shredded carrots - no need to drain carrots.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk olive oil, almond milk, apple sauce, cane sugar, and brown sugar.
- Stir in shredded, drained shredded zucchinis, shredded carrots, chopped nuts, and spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Gently stir in the dry ingredients into the wet, until just combined, don't over mix to avoid a gummy heavy bread. You can stir in the dry ingredients in two addition to avoid lumps.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in the center rack of the oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out with a few to no crumbs on it.
- Cool the bread for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer it to a cooling rack.
- Slice the bread after a few hours. 3 hours is ideal for easy slicing. Decorate with frosting if desired, when the bread reach room temperature