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Skinnier Zucchini Bread

Skinnier Zucchini Bread – made with applesauce and less sugar so you can indulge in that second or third slice. A deliciously easy quick bread!

Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you don't feel as much guilt for that second or third slice.

I was a bit worried I had waited too long to post another zucchini recipe since it is autumn already.

But Google tells me that plenty of people still eat zucchini in the fall, right?

Ao I’m going to pretend you’re not all tired of this vegetable and give you this recipe anyway.

Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you don't feel as much guilt for that second or third slice.

Even though zucchini is apparently one of the easiest things to grow, I still have not mastered growing zucchini (or really anything, for that matter) in my container garden.

The lack of green in my garden always led me to think I needed to buy more zucchini each time I went to the store, and like 99% of the population I ended up with way too much of it.

Nobody warned me that it is never ending and you will always, always have too much.

(Okay, everybody warned me.)

Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you don't feel as much guilt for that second or third slice. Enter zucchini bread.

I told you that my bread-free days were limited, but I have a really good excuse.

Bread and I get along too well.
Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you don't feel as much guilt for that second or third slice. To make up for this fact, I did lighten up the original recipe a bit by replacing the oil with applesauce (I’ve been known to do that) and cutting out half the sugar.

Sometimes I really just can’t stand to put so much sugar into a bowl, knowing I’m probably going to eat at least half of whatever baked good it will turn into.

It obviously is a bit less sweet but I like to save my sugar for more important things.Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you don't feel as much guilt for that second or third slice.

Original recipe called for nuts. I thought about adding chocolate chips but then I probably wouldn’t be able to call it healthy.

But you do you.

Yield: 2 loaves

Skinnier Zucchini Bread

Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you don't feel as much guilt for that second or third slice.

Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar so you can indulge in that second or third slice. A deliciously easy quick bread!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, (plus more for topping if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat together the eggs, applesauce, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture until combined.
  5. Stir in zucchini.
  6. Pour into bread pans (2, 8x4 inch pans) and bake for 40-60 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Notes

Recipe adapted from allrecipes

Nutrition facts are per loaf.

*A reader has said they replaced the 1 cup sugar with 1/3 cup honey and it turned out well. I haven't tried this personally, but if you want to cut out the sugar this is an option!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 loaf

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1289Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 279mgSodium: 2051mgCarbohydrates: 268gFiber: 11gSugar: 117gProtein: 32g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Skinnier Zucchini Bread - made with applesauce and less sugar!

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Pat Miller

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

I use 1 egg and 2 egg whites! Works every time. Have made it this way for years! Add nuts, craisins and chocolate chips too sometimes-1/4 cup each! Yummy!

Karen

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Fabulous! Ok, so like many long time bakers & cooks I did take a couple of liberties with this recipe - without regret! Half white/half brown sugar. Two heaping tablespoons of cinnamon. Maybe 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg. About 2 cups maybe less blueberries since I had some in the freezer! Put in 3 pan. Baked about 45 minutes. OMGOODNESS yes will make again!

Lindsey

Friday 6th of August 2021

I made this EXACTLY as written (and did not squeeze the water out of the zucchini) and it's SO good. I can't stop eating it. It even looks like the picture.

Marissa scherer

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

I tried this recipe and it turned out great, not too sweet. I used 3/4 cup coconut flour and water and 2 regular cups of flour, only 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon and I used coconut sugar in place of regular sugar.

Donna S Barrett

Sunday 28th of March 2021

Don't know what happened to mine fell flat an really dence....house just smelled amazing but was not pleasant to eat....what did I do wrong... followed recipe ...

Kat

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

@Donna S Barrett, your baking powder or baking soda might be old. Happened to me before. On items I don't use often I write the date I opened the container. Although it usually saves money to buy large amounts, sometimes you end up throwing your money away.

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