Naptime Chef Favorite Zucchini Bread (or Zucchini muffins)

an old favorite recipe from Mom


2 c. all-purpose flour, sifted
1 ½ t. baking soda
¾ t. baking powder
1 t. coarse salt
3 ½ t. cinnamon
3 eggs, room temperature
½ c. vegetable oil
½ c. plain applesauce (not low-fat)
1 ½ c. sugar
2 c. freshly grated zucchini
2 t. pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease one 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. OR, one 12-cup muffin tin.
2. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl stir together eggs, oil, applesauce, sugar, zucchini and vanilla. Make sure it is fully combined.
4. Carefully pour flour mixture into egg mixture, stirring until completely combined.
5. Pour entire mixture into loaf pan. OR, if making muffins, fill muffin tins ¾ full.
6. For Zucchini Bread bake for 1 hour 10-15. OR, for muffins bake for 20 minutes.
7. You will know when the bread or muffins are down when the centers are set and spring back when they are lightly touched.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This is a simple and delicious zucchini bread recipe that also works well as muffins. The applesauce cuts calories too, making it a more healthy alternative to cookies. It is the most delicious when made with fresh, local zucchini, for which the season begins shortly. Plus, these loaves freeze beautifully, so you can put one in the freezer for later.

Naptime Stopwatch

The batter preparation takes about 10 minutes and the baking time is about 40-45 minutes. The entire project can be completed during naptime, and there is minimal clean up.

Naptime Reviews

I make this recipe more as bread than muffins, but either are great. Since there are no nuts in them they are great for children, I have never met a child that doesn’t love a nice slice of zucchini bread for dessert!

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