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Spiced Apple Zucchini Bread | Formidable Kitchen

It’s peak zucchini season right here and we’re, after all, on an enormous zucchini kick. I initially posted this unimaginable bread final summer time as a solution to transition from summer time into fall, and I needed to share it once more as a result of it’s simply too good this time of yr.

My deliciously moist, fluffy spiced apple zucchini bread with luscious cream cheese glaze is only a magnificence if I do say so myself.

I knew I wished to make a twist on my well-known wholesome zucchini bread and with September across the nook, it’s time for us to get excited for all issues fall. SO we’ve received a complete recent zucchini on this attractive loaf, plus candy chunks of apple and tons of warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Don’t overlook the crunchy chopped pecans and, after all, that thick, great cinnamon cream cheese glaze!

Not into glaze? Get pleasure from a heat slice with a pat of butter on prime. OMG so good. I included loads of choices for making this more healthy apple zucchini bread gluten free, nut free & dairy free, so be sure you learn the total submit earlier than baking and devouring. I do know you’ll love this one!

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What you’ll have to make this apple zucchini bread

Get able to fall in LOVE with the flavour and texture of this apple zucchini bread. It’s full of cozy spices and deliciously moist because of zucchini and applesauce. Right here’s the whole lot you’ll have to make it:

  • Zucchini: you’ll shred a complete zucchini for this loaf, which provides moisture and packs some sneaky veggies.
  • Applesauce: I like including unsweetened applesauce to baked items for much more moisture and delicate apple taste.
  • Eggs: you’ll want 2 eggs on this bread.
  • Maple syrup: we’re naturally sweetening the apple zucchini bread with pure maple syrup.
  • Coconut oil: slightly coconut oil ensures that the bread stays moist over time.
  • Flour: we’re utilizing good previous all goal flour on this recipe.
  • Spices: get able to ring in fall with warming flavors from cinnamon, allspice, ginger & nutmeg.
  • Baking staples: don’t overlook the salt, baking soda & vanilla extract!
  • Combine-ins: add texture and taste with chopped up apple items and pecans. YUM.
  • For the glaze: the coziest, most scrumptious glaze made with cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and slightly milk to skinny.

mixing batter for apple zucchini bread

Simple ingredient swaps

Trying to make some modifications? Right here’s what I can advocate for substitutes on this apple zucchini bread:

  • Make it gluten free: this bread ought to work with gluten free all goal flour.
  • Make it nut free: merely depart off the pecans.
  • Go dairy free: use a vegan butter stick like Earth Stability, and a vegan cream cheese for the glaze.
  • Strive it refined sugar free: you may also attempt my paleo powdered sugar within the glaze should you’d prefer to maintain the bread refined sugar free. Or skip the glaze altogether.

apple zucchini bread with applesauce in a loaf pan

Can I make this bread vegan?

I haven’t examined this zucchini apple bread utilizing egg alternate options like flax eggs, however let me know should you give it a attempt within the feedback! Be sure you additionally use vegan butter and vegan cream cheese within the glaze.

zucchini apple bread with glaze on a cutting board

Our greatest suggestions for baking with zucchini

  • Use the small aspect of your grater so that you simply get good shreds of zucchini. Nobody will have the ability to inform there’s a veggie within the bread! Actually, a easy cheese grater may even work nicely.
  • Squeeze out your zucchini shreds as a lot as potential utilizing a cheesecloth, clear dish towel or paper towel to get all the extra liquid out. That is VERY essential in order that the bread has the precise texture.
  • Shred zucchini first, measure it out then squeeze off extra moisture.
  • Be at liberty to shred a bunch of zucchini and freeze it for later! Observe my suggestions and tips right here.

healthy apple zucchini bread sliced on a cutting board

Methods to retailer apple zucchini bread

Be at liberty to retailer this wholesome apple zucchini bread in an hermetic container at room temp for someday, then switch it to the fridge for as much as 5 days.

dairy free apple zucchini bread on a cutting board

Freeze it for later

Bake up this attractive loaf and freeze it for everytime you need a candy deal with or snack!

  1. To freeze: let it cool utterly and both reduce it into slices earlier than putting it in an hermetic container or freezer-friendly bag within the fridge, or freeze the entire loaf for as much as 3 months. I like to recommend glazing the bread earlier than serving.
  2. To serve: let the zucchini apple bread thaw at room temp for a number of hours. You are able to do the identical with the person slices, or you’ll be able to reheat them within the microwave for about 30 seconds.

slice of zucchini apple bread on a plate

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I hope you’re keen on this scrumptious spiced apple zucchini bread! In case you make it be sure you depart a remark and a ranking so I understand how you preferred it. Get pleasure from, xo! 

Spiced Apple Zucchini Bread

sliced apple zucchini bread

Whole Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Lovely spiced apple zucchini bread made with recent zucchini, bites of juicy apple and loads of cozy spices. This fluffy, wholesome apple zucchini bread recipe is of course sweetened with pure maple syrup and topped with a heat, luxurious cinnamon cream cheese glaze! The right loaf to transition from summer time to fall.


  • Moist components:
  • 1
    shredded zucchini (from 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1
    unsweetened applesauce
  • 2
  • ½
    pure maple syrup
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • ¼
    virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled (melted butter may even work)
  • Dry components:
  • 1 ¾
    all goal flour (or sub gf all goal flour)
  • 1
    baking soda
  • 1
  • ½
  • ½
  • ¼
  • 1/4
  • Combine-ins:
  • 1
    medium apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped into ¼ inch items (about 1 cup chopped apple)
  • 1/3
    chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired
  • For the cream cheese glaze:
  • ​​4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2
    butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • ¼
  • 1-3
    milk of selection, to skinny glaze
  • To garnish:
  • Additional chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 levels F. Line a 8 ¼ x 4 ½ inch with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Put aside.

  2. First, measure out 1 heaping cup of shredded zucchini, then place shredded zucchini in a paper towel, clear dish towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out ALL of the moisture/water. This is essential!

  3. Add shredded zucchini, applesauce, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract to a big bowl and blend nicely to mix. Subsequent, add within the melted coconut oil and blend once more till nicely mixed.

  4. Add dry components to the moist components: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger nutmeg and salt. Combine along with a picket spoon till nicely mixed. Fold in pecans and chopped apples.

  5. Pour batter into the ready pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or till a tester comes out clear or with just some crumbs connected. Mine took an hour, however this may differ primarily based in your oven.

  6. Take away from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to chill for quarter-hour, then take away bread from the pan and place on a wire rack to complete cooling utterly.

  7. To make cinnamon cream cheese frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk collectively on medium pace for a minute or till easy. In order for you a heat glaze, you’ll be able to heat within the microwave in 10-20 second intervals till heat. Pour or unfold over cooled bread. Sprinkle chopped pecans. Minimize into 10-12 slices and luxuriate in!

Recipe Notes

To make gluten free: I feel this bread could be okay with a gluten free all goal flour.

To make nut free: pass over the pecans.

To make dairy free: use a vegan butter stick akin to Earth Stability and a vegan cream cheese for the frosting.

See the total submit for extra methods to customise this bread, plus freezing directions.


Servings: 12 slices

Serving measurement: 1 slice (with glaze)

Energy: 270kcal

Fats: 12.7g

Saturated fats: 7.2g

Carbohydrates: 36.2g

Fiber: 1.4g

Sugar: 19.8g

Protein: 3.9g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Formidable Kitchen | Pictures by: Eat Love Eats

This submit was initially revealed on August twenty third, 2021, and republished on August twenty first, 2022.

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