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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 on plate with zucchini shreds

Don’t we always need more ways to use up zucchini?

Or is it just me?

This applesauce zucchini bread is a great way to bake with it!

Skinnier Zucchini Bread baked in brown bread pan

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 on white plate

Enter zucchini bread.

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

Skinnier Zucchini Bread loaf sliced, on white plate

Bread and I get along too well.

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.

Skinnier Zucchini Bread on white plate next to second loaf in bread pan

It’s still a cup of sugar, but remember it makes two loaves! You could try it with even less if you really want to make it low sugar.

It obviously is a bit less sweet but I like to save my sugar for more important things.

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


  • 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)


  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.


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:



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.

Recommended items for this skinnier zucchini bread including my favorite baking pans, knife and spiralizer can all be found in the Trial and Eater amazon store!


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Marty Cooper

Monday 7th of August 2023



Tuesday 8th of August 2023

As indicated in the notes and serving size, nutrition facts are listed for 1 loaf.

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!


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!


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.

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