10+ Deliciously Sweet Ways to Bake with Zucchini
One of the most versatile (and prolific) vegetables, zucchini tastes delicious steamed, sauteed, fried, grilled, and more. Zucchini's moist and mild character lends itself well to baking as well, and is a simple way to eat more veggies. From Zucchini-Fig Mini Cakes to Coconut-Zucchini Bread, these beginner-friendly baking recipes are wonderful ways to make the most of an abundant zucchini harvest.
Blueberry Zucchini Bread
Our Blueberry Zucchini Bread is perfectly balanced: The whole wheat flour and zucchini give the loaf texture and nuttiness that makes it feel like it could almost be good for you. Meanwhile, the blueberries provide jammy bursts of sweetness. The bread ends up feeling comforting and indulgent without being too sweet, and the loaf feels more like a bread than a cake. To add a little flavor contrast, try it lightly toasted with cream cheese or yogurt spread on top. Serve with tea or coffee for breakfast or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
There comes a certain point every summer when the amount of zucchini you seem to constantly have on hand far outweighs you desire for zucchini. You’ve grilled it, you’ve shaved it into a raw summer salad, you’ve sautéed it, folded it into pasta, stuffed it, and zoodled it—at this point, when it feels like you’ve exhausted all appetizing zucchini options, it’s high time you enter dessert territory and make a zucchini cake. Luckily, we’ve crafted the perfect, no-fuss recipe for a classic, vanilla zucchini cake for just that purpose. Though flecked with specks of pale green, you’d never guess vegetables were hiding in this incredibly tender sheet cake. The recipe calls for 3 cups of the grated green veggie, which is roughly one large or two smaller zucchini—no need to peel them, just be sure to wash the zucchini thoroughly before grating. Because zucchini is serving as the primary source of moisture for this cake (as you’ll notice, you do not add milk, buttermilk, sour cream, etc. to the batter), there’s no need to squeeze the liquid from the grated zucchini, as some recipes for zucchini baked goods may advise. A small amount of corn starch paired with the all-purpose flour makes the cake’s crumb exceptionally soft and airy. Topped with a decadent brown butter-pecan frosting, this veggie-loaded cake feels special enough to serve as the centerpiece dessert for any occasion.
Mexican Chocolate-Zucchini Bread
Got a boatload of zucchini? A loaf of so-simple quick bread is a delightful, kid-friendly way to put it to use. This decadent twist spices up classic zucchini bread with cocoa powder, cinnamon, a rich chocolate glaze, and roasted pepitas. Easy-to-make, incredibly moist, and intensely chocolatey, this Mexican Chocolate Zucchini Bread is sure to be a new favorite.
Recipes for this popular tea bread are handed down through the generations. Here's a healthy, gluten-free loaf everyone can enjoy.
Chocolate-Zucchini Loaf Cake
Zucchini squash is available year-round and is the secret to keeping this cake moist.
Zucchini Mini Muffins
These are tasty for breakfast or as a snack. For even portions, use a small ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
Super-moist and super-easy, this quickbread gets a triple hit of coconut goodness from coconut sugar (you can sub light or dark brown sugar), canned coconut milk, and melted coconut oil—but the finished bread tastes deliciously subtly of the fuzzy nut. (No worries—it does not taste like tanning lotion!) For extra richness, you can stir in a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract, or top the batter with shredded unsweetened coconut before baking, but the simple loaf tastes pretty great as is.
Chocolate-Zucchini Snack Cake
Have a hard time getting your kids to eat more veggies? These ooey-gooey snack cakes have a secret: they're hiding shredded nutrient-rich zucchini amidst all the chocolatey goodness. Plus, they're perfect for satisfying afternoon cravings.
Zucchini-Fig Mini Cakes
These adorable mini Bundt cakes pair dried figs with grated zucchini, low-fat yogurt, and whole-wheat pastry flour for a healthy, indulgent-tasting treat. Dust with powdered sugar for an extra hint of sweetness.
Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Adding freshly grated zucchini to the batter yields luxuriously dense, moist results. The frosting sets up quickly, so prepare it after cooling the cakes.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
The tender, fine-crumbed texture and bright lemon citrus flavor offer a refreshing change from traditional spiced zucchini breads. While using a few small, disposable loaf pans is a great plan if you want to gift your zucchini bread, you can also use one (8- x 4-inch) loaf pan to make a single loaf.