Perfect for using up that garden bounty, here’s my tried and true recipe for gluten-free zucchini bread – an easy and delicious quick bread recipe! You can make this a gluten-free dairy-free zucchini bread too!
I learned something this year. What I learned is that my good friend and I need to coordinate who is growing zucchini that year. Last year, my friend Lisa and I were both overflowing zucchinis that were the size of baseball bats and were trying to pawn the extras off on anyone we could. This year, neither of us planted any and have instead been having to ask around to get some! Lesson learned – we’ll be communicating during planting to make sure one of us plants it!
Since I was looking for zucchini, I was happy when I saw a member of our church bringing in a huge box full of zucchini and squash to the church lobby this week! I wish I’d snagged more than one.
I grabbed one large zucchini and with it I made our favorite gluten-free zucchini brownies and this recipe for two loaves of gluten-free zucchini spice bread. I’ve tested this gluten-free zucchini bread recipe at least a half dozen times now, so it’s ready to share with you!
I love that this recipe makes TWO large loaves of gluten-free zucchini bread. If you’re feeling generous, you could gift one to a neighbor – maybe the one that brings you zucchini! 🙂
I baked these in my favorite loaf pans – 9x4x4 USA Pan Loaf Pans. They make beautiful straight-sided loaves with that are just right for slicing.
Ok, let’s talk about what ingredients you need to gather for this recipe.
Notes on ingredients and substitutions for this gluten-free zucchini bread:
- Flour: Any good quality gluten-free flour blend should work in this recipe. I’ve tested with gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (buy direct here) or from Amazon here, King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour (from Amazon here), Gluten Free Mama’s All-Purpose Almond Flour Blend with great success with both. I would also recommend Authentic Foods Multi-Blend flour or Cup4Cup.
- Remember that if your flour blend already contains xanthan or guar gum, you’ll skip adding the xanthan gum called for in this recipe.
- Zucchini: I don’t peel my zucchini – I don’t mind the green flecks. If you do, feel free to peel before shredding. I just cut, remove the seedy center and put through my food processor with the shredding attachment on. Makes it so quick and easy! I do believe it is very important to remove the whole center seed area. It adds a lot of moisture that messes with the overall texture. So basically, core the center out of the zucchini before you shred.
- Yogurt: I opted for a lowfat vanilla yogurt. You’ve got flexibility here with using most any yogurt – Greek, plain, lowfat, nonfat, etc. in either plain or vanilla flavor. You can also use a non-dairy yogurt to make this dairy-free. I’ve used non-dairy Silk vanilla yogurt alternative with success.
- Butter: This gives such great flavor, but you can substitute with your favorite oil instead.
- Lemon juice: You can use a fresh squeezed lemon or RealLemon lemon juice that you buy at the store. Either are fine here. I’ve tested with each.
Can you make this gluten-free zucchini bread without dairy? Yes!
If you can have dairy, use a regular vanilla yogurt and melted butter. If you can’t have dairy, use a non-dairy yogurt alternative and your choice of oil. I often use corn oil since it’s a flavorless oil I usually have on hand.
The 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter is equal to 3/4 cup of oil. The yogurt to non-dairy yogurt is a straight swap.
Look at that amazing texture:
I think you’re going to love this gluten-free zucchini spice bread! If you have more zucchini leftover, you can also make these gluten-free applesauce banana zucchini muffins, brown sugar grain-free zucchini muffins, or gluten-free double chocolate zucchini bread! Lots of choices for using up all of that zucchini before the season is over! Let me know what you make!
Looking for more recipes to help you use up all the zucchini you have? Head over to this round-up of more than 30 gluten-free zucchini recipes here.
Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s recipe for the Best Zucchini Bread.
You can wrap a cooled loaf tightly with foil and place in a gallon freezer bag to freeze for up to six months. This is a great option if you have a ton of zucchini to use up and you want to make a few batches of this bread.
It’s so nice to be able to pull out some loaves of it in a few months for a nice breakfast or snack! Last year, I pulled a couple out of the freezer to bring with me to visit family for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it.
If you make these and love them, please come back and give this recipe a 5 star rating in the recipe card! Feel free to comment with tips or to share any successful substitutions you made.
Gluten-free Zucchini Bread Recipe:
*I've tested this with gfJules flour, King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour blend, and Gluten-free Mama's Almond blend and recommend any of those! See blog post for how to video as well as answers to common questions about ingredients. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
**If using a flour blend that already includes xanthan or guar gum, then omit the xanthan called for in the recipe.As always, be sure to double-check your ingredients for gluten.
*I've tested this with gfJules flour, King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour blend, and Gluten-free Mama's Almond blend and recommend any of those!
See blog post for how to video as well as answers to common questions about ingredients.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as mine did!