The Best Vegan Zucchini Bread (Gluten-Free)

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Fluffy, moist, and flavorful, this Vegan Zucchini Bread is simply the best! Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, and made with only 11 plant-based ingredients.

The abundance of summertime Zucchini has definitely allowed for some creative interpretations and uses of this green squash (read: Zoats, Blondies, Queso, etc). I’m a huge fan, so no complaints over here! And there are definitely no complaints when it comes to this Zucchini Bread.

slice of vegan zucchini bread on white speckled plate

This Zucchini Bread is not only downright delicious, but it’s also VeganGluten-FreeOil-Free, and made with only 11 plant-based ingredients. Because that’s just how we do things around here 😉

overhead shot of loaf of sliced zucchini bread

Not only does Shredded Zucchini add a lovely moisture and softness to this fluffy bread, but it also adds a subtle squash flavor that I absolutely love. Throw some crunchy Walnuts in there for good measure, and manThat’s some tasty ‘ish.

While I love my sweet Breakfasts and Desserts, I don’t particularly enjoy desserts that are too sweet. Which is probably why I love this bread so dang much! This Vegan Zucchini Bread is subtly sweetened with Coconut Sugar — so it still has a nice and subtle sweet caramel flavor to it, but it won’t make your teeth (or tummy) ache. It’s perfect with a cup of Coffee for breakfast, a late afternoon pick-me-up, or a light dessert.

overhead shot of slice of zucchini bread with almond butter on white speckled plate

However, there is one small problem with Zucchini – it holds a LOT of moisture. This does work to it’s benefit in most breads, but Vegan breads are already pretty…dense to begin with. Don’t fret though, friends! This Vegan Zucchini Bread has a nice crumb and crust, while still retaining that not-quite-gooey-but-pretty-dang-soft texture of a classic Zucchini Bread.

side shot of vegan zucchini bread

We’ll achieve this in two ways – first, by really squeezing the moisture out of our Zucchini. I’d recommend a nut milk bag, but cheesecloth or a towel will also work in a pinch. I also used a combination of both Oat Flour and Brown Rice Flour for this bread. Oat Flour alone is simply too dense and gummy. Brown Rice Flour, on the other hand, often produces baked goods that are a little too crumbly. Combine them together, however, and you’ve got the perfect pairing for this Vegan Zucchini Bread!

hands squeezing zucchini using nut milk bag

I love to spread a thick layer of Nut Butter over my slices, but Vegan Butter would also be super yummy here. Bonus points if you heat said slice up in the toaster oven first. However, you serve it, I hope you love it as much as I do! And if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

almond butter spread on slice of vegan zucchini bread

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • Nut allergy? No problem! Simply use a Nut-Free Non-Dairy Milk and substitute the Nut Butter for Sunflower Butter or Tahini. You can leave out the Walnuts, or substitute them for Chocolate Chips 😉
  • Heck….ANYONE should feel free to add in Chocolate Chips! What’s life without a little Chocolate, am I right?!
  • This Vegan Zucchini Bread will last out on the counter for 3-4 days, but I would recommend storing it in the fridge if you’re not going to finish it before then. You can also pre-slice and freeze it, where it will last up to one month.

close up overhead shot of vegan zucchini bread

If you’re looking for more Vegan Sweet Bread recipes, you’ll also love this Fluffy Vegan Banana Bread and this Sweet Potato Bread!

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The Best Vegan Zucchini Bread

Fluffy, moist, and flavorful, this Vegan Zucchini Bread is simply the best! Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, and made with only 11 plant-based ingredients.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350F. Add the Ground Flax and Filtered Water to a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside and let thicken for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, combine the Oats, Brown Rice Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Shred your Zucchini and use either a nut milk bag (recommended), cheesecloth, or towel to press all of the liquid out of it. You want this to be as dry as possible! Measure out the Zucchini after it has been pressed to ensure you have 1 cup.
  4. Once the Flax Egg has thickened, add the Almond Butter, Coconut Sugar, Non-Dairy Milk, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Vanilla extract to the same bowl and whisk until no clumps remain. Form a well in the center of the dry mix, then pour the wet mix into it. Stir until well-incorporated – the batter will be thick!
  5. Next, add the Shredded and Pressed Zucchini to the bowl and use a Spatula to fold it into the mixture.
  6. Add a pinch of extra Flour to the Chopped Walnuts (and Chocolate Chips, if you decide to add them) to lightly coat them, then fold into the batter as well.
  7. Transfer the batter into a greased or lined 8” x 4” bread pan and bake for 47-50 minutes. Remove from the tin immediately, and let cool completely before slicing.
  8. Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to a week, or pre-sliced and frozen for up to one month.

Notes

  • I have not tested this recipe using any other flour combination. I cannot recommend substitutions, but feel free to experiment at your own risk!
  • Ground Flax may be substituted for Ground Chia Seeds
  • Almond Butter may be substituted for any other Nut or Seed Butter of your choice
  • Coconut Sugar may be substituted for Brown Sugar

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. I have made this bread every week for over a month for breakfasts for me and my partner!! We are IN LOVE. I’ll change up the fillings from zucchini but the base is perfection. Best breakfast bread, so delicious, so filling, AND gives me energy for my morning!

  2. That’s an amazing recipe. I’ve used it multiple times, but this time I substituted oat flour for buckwheat flour, rice flour for white bean flour and it turned out so yummy and crunchy 🙂 even without sugar ????. Just a bit of tahini and fresh fruit on the top 🙂 Thank you do much ???? Love what you’re doing 🙂

  3. Really yummy! Might add some cinnamon next time, but these muffins are so good! I added chocolate chips to mine <3

  4. Why will this only store a month in the freezer? I have a lot of zucchini, and would like to make several loaves for winter enjoyment!

    1. That’s our best approximation! Some online sources rate a 2-3 month freezer lifespan for similar types of breads.

    1. We haven’t tested it by removing the sugar. From what we know, removing the sugar can sometimes effect the way something bakes – in this case it could potentially make it hard.

    1. We haven’t tried any substitutions with a liquid sweetener. I would be concerned the consistency would change too much. I would stick to a granulated sugar to be safe!

  5. God, that looks good. Lovely and moist, plus walnuts on the side. You really know how to style your food too! :OP

  6. Can’t wait to get this, looks delicious! Is there a substitute for apple cider vinegar? Maybe lemon juice? Or buttermilk? Thanks!

  7. I just made the vegan zucchini bread recipe and love it! I had a huge zucchini so I made two batches… three breads and one pan of muffins. The bread came out dense and rich. I substituted sunflower butter for the almond butter and substituted Arrowhead Mills Organic All Purpose Gluten Free Flour for the rice flour (though the first ingredient is rice flour). I also added two tsp of cocoa powder. I used steel cut oats and ground them into a fine flour in my Vitamix. Not too sweet, but moist and absolutely delicious. It took some work.. for me the prep time was much longer than 15 minutes, but the results were well worth it! Thank you for these amazing vegan recipes!

    1. You went all out and that’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing and glad you liked it!

  8. Honestly amazing recipe!! Props to you Caitliin, i subtitute the brown rice flour with buckweat flour and surprisingly it came out amazing!!
    Wish i hadd instagram account so i can tag you and see some photos..

  9. I just made this and it’s so amazing!! I actually used Gabanzo Bean flour instead of Brown rice flour and it worked out great!! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  10. I substituted cacao powder for the brown rice flour (as someone else suggested in the comments) and this bread came out AMAZINGLY! So happy with the results 🙂

    1. No, it is a bit small for sandwich bread, and too sweet! I do like to toast mine with some nut butter on top though 🙂

  11. I replaced the rice flour with cocoa powder and they turned out great! Even my dad, who is skeptical of anything that’s vegan, loved this recipe!

  12. I made this last night let it cool, took it out of the bread pan and then wrapped it in aluminum foil. This morning when my husband unwrapped it…it was green! Yikes! Very weird. Doesn’t look like yours at all but tastes really good. I’ll have to try to make it again and see what happens.

    1. Hm, that is very strange! I’m glad it still tasted okay – maybe the bread reacted with the foil in some way?

  13. This recipe turns out fantastic with sunflower butter. The loaf isn’t too sweet and was a perfect moistness after 55 min in the oven (live in Calgary, Alberta; the very high elevation means everything seems to need a little longer). I topped it with sunflower seeds, cinnamon and a little brown sugar for our nut free guests – it was a hit with the children and the grand parents! Thank you!

  14. this looks great and i love that the added sugar is so low. However, I don’t have rice flour so is there something else i can substitute? Thanks.

    1. Hi Jacquie – as I mentioned in the blog post, I have only tested this recipe with Rice Flour and do not recommend substitutions.