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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, 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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Katy

Friday 26th of July 2019

It’s in the oven, so I can’t yet tell you how delicious it is (I have no doubt). 2 things that I hope you might clarify. One, when do I put in the salt? Does it go directly in the flour mixture, or is it used to get some of the liquid out of the zucchini? Which leads to the second thing- zucchini fully wet? Squeeze some of the liquid? What’s best for this recipe? Thanks!

Katy

Sunday 4th of August 2019

It turned out great. Making more today to freeze for winter. This time I’m going to try exchanging one cup of the flour for almond flour. Also adding pecans and chocolate chips. Thanks for the recipe!

Jody

Friday 31st of August 2018

Is the calorie count per loaf or for 2? Thanks!

Kelly

Sunday 2nd of September 2018

Per loaf!

Sandra

Friday 24th of August 2018

Delicious and so easy to make.

Have made it a few times. The second time I tried to eliminate all of the sugar and put extra apple sauce to substitute... do NOT do this lol pretty sure that’s how the many cardboard lol

Kelly

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Haha there is always a limit to how much sugar you can get rid of before it tastes like cardboard! Thanks for sharing that you tried this recipe :)

Kelly Perkowski

Thursday 12th of July 2018

I made this recipe and love it. I did make a change only because I didn't have enough regular flour so used 1 cup bread flour and for personal preference instead of 1 cup sugar used a tad less than a 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup sugar. Love the flavor of the cinnamon. Applesauce is such a great replacement for oil in baking and adds wonderful moisture and flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

Julie Marshall

Monday 26th of February 2018

This is a great recipe. I took our the sugar and used 2/3 c of Stevia. I replaced flour with gluten free mix, ground almonds and buckwheat flour. I used marrow instead of zucchini. I removed the seeds before grating, let it stand and squeezed the excess moisture out. One marrow made 5 loaves. I love the loaf with spiced stewed granny smith apples and Greek yoghurt.