Maple pecan zucchini bread combines the sweetness of maple syrup, the crunch of pecans, and the moisture and nutrition of added zucchini. It makes the perfect fall snack, breakfast, or less sweet dessert.
Looking for a new variation on the classic zucchini bread? Maple pecan zucchini bread is the perfect quick bread for fall - it's made with real maple syrup, plenty of crunchy pecans, and cozy spices.
Finely shredded zucchini (no need to squeeze out the excess water!) adds plenty of moisture and tenderness to this simple quick bread recipe. All you need are a few simple pantry ingredients to get started.
Serve maple pecan zucchini bread as a snack, for breakfast, or for brunch! It also makes a great less-sweet dessert option. I like to warm up leftover slices in the toaster oven for breakfast.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Zucchini - You'll need 1.5 cups or 220 grams of finely grated zucchini for this recipe. Do not drain or squeeze the liquid from your zucchini - this liquid adds moisture to your bread.
- Maple syrup - Adds sweetness and moisture to your bread, as well as a mild maple flavor. For a more pronounced maple flavor, feel free to add a ½ teaspoon of maple extract.
- Sugar - Brown sugar adds sweetness and moisture to your zucchini bread.
- Vegetable oil - Adds moisture to your bread. Canola oil or light olive oil can work in a pinch.
- Eggs - Add moisture and structure to your bread.
- Vanilla extract - Adds depth of flavor to your bread.
- All-purpose flour - Adds structure to your bread. I have not tested this recipe with other types of flours, so I don't suggest making any substitutions. Baking is an exact science, and altering main ingredients can change the density and texture of your bread. Instead, search for a recipe that includes the flour you'd like to use.
- Leavening agents - This recipe uses both baking soda and baking powder. They cannot be substituted for one another - you'll need both to get the proper amount of lift.
- Spices - Cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt add depth of flavor to your bread. Salt enhances the flavor of your bread without making it "salty". Cinnamon and nutmeg can be substituted with a spice blend like pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice for a fun seasonal twist.
- Pecans - Can be substituted with walnuts or omitted if desired.
Tips and tricks
Shredding zucchini for bread - For baked goods, I always recommend using the small side of a box grater for a fine grate. Finely grated zucchini melts seamlessly into baked goods, with the only sign of zucchini being the tiny green flecks. The large side of a box grater also works but adds a noticeable texture to your baked bread. Here's the box grater I use: Amazon: OXO Good Grips Box Grater
Gently mix batter - If the batter is overmixed, the gluten is overworked and your bread can turn out tough. Instead, use a gentle stirring motion (no need for a stand mixer or hand mixer) and only stir until ingredients are just incorporated.
Pan size - This recipe makes one 9x5 loaf of zucchini bread. These are the pans I use for all my zucchini bread: Farberware Loaf Pan 9x5, Set of 2
Frequently asked questions
No. For this recipe, you should not squeeze the liquid from your zucchini. We're using that liquid to add moisture and thin the batter to achieve the proper rise in the oven.
No, there's no need to peel zucchini for zucchini bread. The skin and flesh melt seamlessly into the bread as it bakes.
No, zucchini has a mild flavor that makes it ideal for baking. Cucumber has a fresh "melon" flavor that's much more pronounced and not ideal for hiding in baked goods. For more information: Zucchini vs Cucumber - What's the Difference?
I recommend shredding zucchini using the small or "fine" side of a box grater. The smaller pieces melt right into the zucchini bread as it bakes. A larger grate also works but adds a more noticeable texture. Here's the box grater I use: Amazon: OXO Good Grips Box Grater
Zucchini bread can be stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If your bread is extremely moist/wet, you may want to store your zucchini bread in the refrigerator instead. Zucchini bread will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week in a tightly sealed container. For detailed information on storing zucchini bread, check out my full post: How to store zucchini bread
Yes. Zucchini bread can be carefully wrapped in plastic wrap/foil (either the entire loaf or single slices), then stored in a freezer safe bag or container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Set out on the counter top for 1 to 3 hours to thaw to room temperature.
Maple Pecan Zucchini Bread
- 1.5 cups (220 g) finely grated zucchini, do not drain liquid
- ½ cup (156 g) maple syrup
- ¼ cup (54 g) brown sugar
- ½ cup (100 g) vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup (56 g) chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease one 9x5 loaf pan (or line with parchment paper) and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add finely grated zucchini (including any excess liquid), maple syrup, brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until evenly combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Add to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Add pecans and stir until incorporated.
- Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 48 to 55 minutes, OR until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean/with dry crumbs, or bread reaches 200 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit in the center (baking times will vary based on your oven and type of pan used).
- Allow bread to cool completely on the counter before removing from pan and slicing.
- Leftover zucchini bread will keep in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. If your bread is very moist/wet, I recommend refrigerating.
- Zucchini bread can be frozen for up to 6 months. Tightly wrap in plastic wrap/foil and store in a freezer safe bag or container. Thaw on the counter top for 1 to 3 hours.