Lemon and Olive Oil Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

by katerina on September 4, 2012

You know what the hardest part of baking is? Accepting the hard truth that to end up with the best crumb, you really shouldn’t cut into it early. The wait can feel as long as a family road trip with a teething toddler, but trust me it is worth it.

Olive OIl and Lemon Zucchini Bread Recipe

Using whole wheat pastry flour always creates a surprising light crumb, but between the lemon and the zucchini it is still moist and tender. This recipe only makes one loaf of healthy zucchini bread, but judging by how good those crusty brown edges are, and how quickly this was eaten in my house, I would suggest you double the recipe.

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Olive Oil & Lemon Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

(1 loaf)

2 1/4 cups grated zucchini
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 lemons, zested
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Use just a drop or two of olive oil to grease a loaf pan. Grate the zucchini and set aside. In a large mixer bowl beat the eggs until light and fluffy, add the sugar and beat for another minute. Add the oil, lemon zest, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat to combine. Sprinkle on top the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Turn the mixer on low and stir until just combined. Use a spatula to fold in anything on the edges.

Pour into prepared pan and transfer to oven. Bake for an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 60 minutes | Total Time:75 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 120

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna October 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

This looks positively scrumptious…perfect for brunch tomorrow morning…Question…could I possibly use mini-loaf pans or make them into muffins to reduce the cooking (and waiting to cool!) time…without ruining your recipe…and if so…what times and temps would you recommend?..Thank you so much for sharing your culinary creativity.


katerina October 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I am afraid I haven’t tried that myself so it is hard to comment, mini loaf pans is probably fine? Just test it with a toothpick to see when it is done? I would wager it will take 3/4′s as long but I can’t be sure as I don’t have any mini loaf pans myself.


Sarah December 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I liked that this bread is not too sweet (so many of them are!). However, the flavors didnt ‘t come together so well. Something about the wheat flour and lemon. I think I’d try it with regular flour.


Kelly August 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

This turned out beautifully! I only had AP flour on hand, but it worked just fine. It’s tasty, not too sweet, and perfectly lemon-y. Thank you!


katerina August 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

thanks Kelly!


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