This Vegan Zucchini Bread recipe is so easy to make using a few wholesome ingredients. A deliciously moist bread loaf done in three simple steps! It’s a dairy-free treat that you can enjoy as a breakfast or afternoon snack. Or - you can be like me and munch on these cinnamon-flavored goodies anytime the craving strikes!
If I had a garden, I would tell you a story about how it’s zucchini season and how it is overflowing with them. I will also play with ideas as to what to do with it all. Sadly, that’s not the case. I, unfortunately, don’t have a garden and there isn’t an abundance of zucchini in my home. But hey, it is the season and therefore it's super cheap at the store. So, go get some and whip up a couple of loaves of this bread!
Bread-making can be daunting for some. Especially if you are a novice in the kitchen or are still finding your way into the art of baking. Indeed, some bread and pastries can involve intricate steps and techniques that you need to master first, but this vegan Zucchini bread is NOT one of those! It can easily be the most novice-friendly bread you can ever make. Even someone who has not baked bread before will surely ace this one and be proud of it. All you need to do is to pre-heat your oven, mix all the ingredients together, and bake it for less than an hour. You don’t even need to use an electric mixer! So, get your gear on- that means your apron and oven mitts- and let’s get baking!
Most mistake zucchini, or courgette, as a vegetable because of how it is prepared and used in different dishes. But this summer squash is actually considered a fleshy fruit. And a super healthy one at that! This versatile fruit is nutrient-rich and is loaded with minerals and antioxidants. It promotes good digestion and heart health and aids in lowering blood sugar.
Adding zucchini to baked goods makes it moister and gives that perfect texture that lasts for days! It also extends the bread further, making it more substantial and nutritious. It’s a great way to sneak in some much-needed health boosters to your kids without them being aware of it! With its delicate flavor, they wouldn’t even notice the greens; the vanilla and cinnamon will shine through.
I highly recommend not peeling the skin off for several reasons. First, the skin is perfectly edible, you can even eat it raw. Next, it is thin and soft enough that it melts once baked, so peeling it is just a waste of time. Lastly, the skin contains a lot of antioxidants, so don’t let those go to waste!
Baking time really does depend on the oven and pan that you are using. The best way to always check if your bread is baked through is by doing a “toothpick test”. All you have to do is to insert a toothpick or any thin stick in the middle on the bread until it touches the bottom. Once you pull it out and it comes out clean, then the inside of the bread is also baked. This means you can remove it from the oven.
This recipe is quite customizable! You can keep it very simple by flavoring it with vanilla and cinnamon only. Or you can experiment with different add-ons depending on what you like.
Absolutely! You don’t need to change anything in the ingredients and measurements to turn this into a muffin-tastic treat. The baking time should be lesser as you are making smaller, single-serve sizes.
The best thing about this bread is that it retains its moistness days after baking it if stored properly. Place any leftovers in an airtight loaf container, or a Ziploc or plastic wrap. Store it in a cool, dry place at room temperature for a few days. Refrigerate it to keep it fresh for a whole week.
This delicious bread is freezer-friendly too! Allow it to cool completely before wrapping it with both plastic and aluminum foil. This is to prevent freezer burns. I recommend placing the date it was made on the package so everyone in your household is aware of it. Consume it within three months at most. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.
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