December 8, 2022

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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread – Iowa Girl Eats

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread is soft, tender, and dairy free too! This lower fat, healthier zucchini bread recipe will be a hit all summer long.

sliced gluten free zucchini bread on a platter

When I think of the foods that defined my childhood in the summertime they include copious amounts of Pasta Salad, sliced tomatoes with lots of salt, drippy Bomb Pops, scoops of Dirt Cake, juicy watermelon wedges, and fat slices of Zucchini Bread slathered with butter.

Anticipating the kickoff to summer, I asked my Mom to send me the Zucchini Bread recipe she used to make us kids then swapped the all purpose flour called for in the recipe with gluten free all purpose flour instead. Guess what? It is JUST as amazing as the original!!

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread is tender, moist, and cinnamon-spiced, plus it gets softer and more comfortingly-cozy as it sits on the counter all week. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you make it. 😉

a slice of gluten free zucchini bread with butter

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Summer is the perfect season to keep this easy gluten free quick bread on the counter at all times. It’s made with everyday ingredients I guarantee you have on hand at this very moment, plus fresh zucchini which will be coming out of our ears — ie growing in abundance — from now until the fall. It’s super simple to whip up, naturally dairy-free, plus I use an everyday ingredient to keep the fat a little lower.

Ingredients Needed

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend: Be sure to use a gluten free flour blend WITH a binder, such as xanthan gum. This recipe has been tested with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour.
  • Leavening agents: Baking Soda and Baking Powder help the gluten free zucchini bread rise.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon in the zucchini bread batter will fill your home with the most AMAZING scent! All of my family members commented on it when I was testing this recipe!
  • Eggs: Eggs provide structure and richness to the gluten free zucchini bread.
  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar in this recipe for a pure, perfectly sweet tasting zucchini bread.
  • Oil: My Mom’s recipe calls for oil which keeps the zucchini bread really tender and moist. You may use vegetable oil, canola oil, or coconut oil that’s been melted then cooled slightly.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: I love swapping some of the oil/fat in quick bread and muffin recipes with unsweetened applesauce to cut down on the overall fat in the recipe. Just make sure it’s unsweetened so we’re not adding additional sugar to the batter.
  • Vanilla: Just like the cinnamon, vanilla extract adds lots of cozy flavor to this recipe.
  • Grated Zucchini: Use the large side of a box grater, or the grating attachment on your food processor to shred that baby up!

gluten free zucchini bread slices on a platter

Should You Squeeze the Water Out of the Zucchini?

Generally, no, you don’t need to squeeze or wring out the excess moisture from the shredded zucchini before adding it to the batter. That said, if your grated zucchini is clearly dripping with liquid, gather it in your hands then give it a squeeze over the kitchen sink. Otherwise it’s fine to add undrained.

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What About Peeling the Zucchini?

Similarly, you do not need to peel the zucchini before grating it. Actually, the skin of the zucchini is what holds the flesh (the insides) of the zucchini together, so whether you’re baking, sauting, or roasting zucchini, it’s always a good idea to leave the skin on otherwise your cooked zucchini will basically turn to mush.

Can I Freeze Gluten Free Zucchini Bread?

You can absolutely freeze gluten free zucchini bread! Let the loaf cool to room temperature on the counter then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil, and then place inside a freezer safe Ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator before slicing and serving.

Alrighty – raid your garden, the Farmer’s Market, or the grocery store for some zucchini and let’s get to baking!

a slice of gluten free zucchini bread with butter

How to Make Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Start by beating together sugar, eggs, unsweetened applesauce, oil, and vanilla in a stand mixer, or large mixing bowl if using a hand held mixer, until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.

ingredients for gluten free zucchini bread in a mixing bowl

Next add a gluten-free flour blend WITH binder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon to a large bowl then whisk to combine.

ingredients for gluten free zucchini bread in a mixing bowl

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2 batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch.

ingredients for gluten free zucchini bread in a mixing bowl

Lastly, grate a small zucchini on the large side of a box grater, or in a food processor using the grating attachment. Again, generally there is no need to squeeze or drain the grated zucchini before adding to the batter if it’s not dripping wet!

shredded zucchini

Stir or fold the zucchini shreds into the batter then pour into a nonstick sprayed loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 minutes to an hour, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. I prefer using a skewer vs toothpick because a skewer is long enough to get all the way into the center of the zucchini bread.

Let the gluten free zucchini bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store wrapped in plastic wrap, or inside a Ziplock bag.

a slice of gluten free zucchini bread with butter

This gluten-free zucchini bread recipe is absolutely heavenly when devoured warm and slathered with salted butter, but the bread does get softer and more dreamy as it sits on the counter throughout the week. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait for you to taste, and hope you love this delicious gluten free summertime treat – enjoy!!

sliced gluten free zucchini bread on a platter

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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Description

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread is soft, tender, and dairy free too! This lower fat, healthier zucchini bread recipe will be a hit all summer long.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free flour baking blend WITH binder (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted/cooled coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 packed cup grated zucchini

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray a 9×5” loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
    Add gluten free flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a mixing bowl then whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. Add eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract to the bowl of an electric stand mixer, or to a large glass bowl if using a hand held mixer, then beat until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Add dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch. Add zucchini then mix on low speed until just combined.
  3. Scoop batter into prepared loaf pan then bake for 55-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Check on the loaf at the halfway mark – if the top is brown, place a piece of foil on top (no need to crimp) and continue baking.
  4. Let loaf cool for 15 minutes then remove from pan and place onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Slice then serve with salted butter, if desired. This bread is best served on day 2 or 3 after it’s had a chance to soften. Store wrapped in plastic wrap or in a Ziplock bag.

Notes

  • This recipe was tested using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. Your results may vary if using a different GF flour blend.
  • To freeze: cool loaf completely then wrap tightly in saran wrap followed by foil then place in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

photo collage of gluten free zucchini bread

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin