Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

Summer has left us, and with it has gone the bright, vibrant fruits and vegetables of the season. My favorite summer veggie? The good old zucchini, of course! But just because they’re not growing out of the ground anymore, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy them in these cooler months. That’s why I like to make sure to stock up on the in-season zukes, shred them up, and throw them in the freezer. That way, when I’m ready to bake up a delicious zucchini bread loaf, like this one from Martha Stewart, I can just pull out a package from the freezer and let it thaw, which doesn’t take too long.

I’ve made this recipe a few times, each time tweaking it more as I went along. Even though the original recipe tastes absolutely delicious, I didn’t like that it calls for vegetable oil, and a whole cup of brown sugar just seemed to be too much. So I switched out the vegetable oil with my favorite organic coconut oil, and cut the brown sugar down to a half cup. I also used unbleached flour that I freshly ground using my new, awesome WonderMill grain mill. 🙂

Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

The recipe is pretty straight forward; it’s your typical quick bread recipe – mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, add wet ingredients to dry, and you’re done. The only difference is because we’re using coconut oil (which solidifies above 76 F), we’re saving it and adding it to the batter at the very end.

Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

The end result is a very tasty, not overly-sweet, hearty quick bread which is great any time of day. I love packing a couple pieces in our day bag, when we’re out all day, because it’s a great snack the whole family loves!


Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

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Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil
A hearty, not-overly sweet quick zucchini bread made with coconut oil. Recipe adapted from MarthaStewart.com
  • 1 large zucchini, grated (about 1¾ cups)
  • ½ - ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • ⅔ cup organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups unbleached flour, freshly ground is best!
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger (I didn't have any on hand.)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir to combine well. Stir in grated zucchini, and coconut oil.
  5. Pour batter into greased pan, spreading evenly. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Then cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


About Sarah @ Nature's Nurture

Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, Nature's Nurture, began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
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12 Responses to Zucchini Spice Bread with Coconut Oil

  1. Christie says:

    Oh my goodness….looks sooo good! :)) Wish I was gifted in the kitchen!


  2. Jasmine says:

    Wow! This looks delicious!!! I will hve to make some for thanksgiving! That gain mill looks great!!

  3. Lauren says:

    Yumm! Love how you substituted the oil and cut the sugar. I’m not experienced enough to know how to make substitutions so it’s nice to have a recipe with less oil & suger! Thanks!

  4. This looks so yummy! I just started using coconut oil over the summer and experimenting with using it in recipes so will have to try this one out!

  5. amanda says:

    that looks awesome! i have an issue with killing yeast!!

  6. That sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  7. Your pictures are so divine! I love zucchinni bred and it is way too hot today to bake any. So mean to share such a yummy recipe that I cannot reach into the screen and taste!

  8. Your pictures look divine. So jealous of such a yummy snack! Too hot here today to make any.

  9. Shai Smith says:

    Oh goodness, this looks so good! Pinning!

  10. Mmmm! That looks delicious! And such beautiful pictures!

  11. Mmmm! I LOVE zucchini bread! I can’t wait to try it with coconut oil!

  12. julieann r says:

    Thanks for this awesome recipe….definitely am bookmarking this one. I love zucchini bread.

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