Best Vegan Zucchini Bread

This perfectly moist vegan zucchini bread recipe is so darn good, everyone will be hooked — and no one will believe it’s vegan. Here are all our secrets.

Best vegan zucchini bread

A little confident over here, but we think this is the best vegan zucchini bread recipe you’ll find. Yep, we said it! This zucchini bread is moist, cinnamon-scented, and the perfect sweetness. It’s got just the right texture: it’s not too oily or dense. And, it’s really easy to put together! Alex and I have been on a zucchini baking spree over here, capitalizing on zucchini season. And this vegan zucchini bread has stolen our hearts! (And our 2-year-old Larson’s heart, too.) Keep reading for the recipe!

Our other banana bread recipes: Try Best Zucchini Bread or Healthy Zucchini Bread.

Best vegan zucchini bread

How to make vegan zucchini bread

This vegan zucchini bread is made in the method of a traditional zucchini bread. It’s a quick bread, meaning that it’s leavened using baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast. Yeast breads are a little more complex to put together, like sourdough bread or artisan bread. But quick breads? Well, as the name implies, they’re quick to whip up and require little technique.

Many quick breads are more similar to cake than bread: zucchini bread and banana bread being the most popular examples. For our version of vegan zucchini bread, we wanted to make it just sweet enough to be zucchini bread but not so oily or overly sweet that it leaves you with a stomach ache.

Here are the ingredients required for this vegan zucchini bread (see below for the full recipe):

  • Flax eggs (more on that below!)
  • Shredded zucchini
  • Neutral oil
  • Applesauce
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Flour
  • Seasonings, baking powder & baking soda

To bake, you simply mix the wet ingredients together, then add the dry ingredients and zucchini. Pop it into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for about 1 hour. Then cool it and slice into slices!

Another tasty vegan quick bread? Try our Vegan Banana Bread.

Flax egg

What’s a flax egg?

Have you baked with flax eggs before? If you’ve done any sort of vegan baking, you’ve probably tried one. A flax egg is a mixture of ground flax seed and water that’s used as a replacement for eggs. It’s typically used in baked goods like quick breads, muffins, pancakes and cookies. All you do to make a flax egg is mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 2 1/2 tablespoons water, and wait for 15 minutes until a gel-like substance forms. See Flax Egg Recipe for more.

What is the difference between flax egg and a real egg, in a baked good? Alex and I did a test with this zucchini bread recipe to compare how each worked. The flax egg vegan zucchini bread turned out very similar to the zucchini bread with the real egg! There were only very slight differences: the bread with the real egg tasted a bit richer than the flax egg, which tasted nuttier. The vegan bread also had a very slightly rougher texture, whereas the bread with the real egg was smoother. Overall though, the flax egg worked successfully as an egg substitute.

Vegan zucchini bread

Why use turbinado sugar?

In this vegan zucchini bread recipe we’ve used turbinado sugar. What is it? Turbinado sugar is raw sugar with large, light brown crystals. It’s less processed than refined white sugar, because it’s boiled only once to remove the molasses (refined sugar is boiled multiple times). It has a more complex, caramel-y flavor than refined sugar. Because its crystals are large, they add a nice texture to the top of muffins, cakes and breads.

What is a substitute for turbinado sugar? You can use light brown sugar in place of the turbinado sugar. While it doesn’t have the signature large crystals, it has a similar flavor. We’d omit sprinkling it on the top of the bread in this case.

Baked goods

How to store vegan zucchini bread

This vegan zucchini bread stores well: it stays very moist at room temperature! But if you don’t think you’ll eat it all at once, here are our recommendations:

  • Room temperature (2 to 3 days): In the short term, store it at room temperature and cover it with a towel. This helps to retain the crunchy texture on top.
  • Refrigerated (1 week): Refrigerating your zucchini bread helps it to stay fresher longer, though you will lose the crunchy texture on top. You can eat it cold, or let it come to room temperature before serving.
  • Frozen (up to 3 months): To extend the life further, pop your sliced bread into the freezer in a sealed container. It can last at least 3 months, or maybe more. Try doing this with half of the loaf, and keeping the other half at room temperature.
Best vegan zucchini bread

This vegan zucchini bread recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free. For gluten free, head to our zucchini muffins recipe.

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Best zucchini bread

Best Vegan Zucchini Bread

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 14 slices 1x


This perfectly moist vegan zucchini bread recipe is so darn good, everyone will be hooked — and no one will believe it’s vegan. Here are all our secrets.



  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 5 tablespoons water)
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (grapeseed, sunflower, vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups packed shredded zucchini


  1. Start the flax eggs. Allow them to sit while preparing the ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch bread pan.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, applesauce, sugar, vanilla, and flax eggs with a fork. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients to combine into a sticky dough. Gently stir in zucchini. Be careful not to overmix: just stir until the dough comes together.
  5. Pour the dough into the prepared bread pan. Sprinkle the top with turbinado sugar. Bake 60 to 65 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing. Store at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for about 1 week, or frozen for at least 3 months.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan Zucchini Bread, Best Vegan Zucchini Bread

Looking for vegan recipes?

Looking for more vegan recipes? While we don’t eat fully plant based, it’s often what you’ll find on our table. Outside of this vegan zucchini bread, here are some of our favorite easy vegan recipes:

Last updated: June 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    April 11, 2020 at 11:57 am

    You forgot to add something to the recipe. You forgot to add a warning that you are going to eat the whole loaf in one sitting. This is soooooooooo good.
    I used melted coconut oil and regular sugar and it was still amazing.
    I’m so glad that I got a ton of zucchini in my farm box this week. Making my second loaf to hopefully freeze… if it makes it that far.
    Thank you!

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      Haha! Glad you enjoyed!

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    April 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    You could widely expand your audience outside of the US by simply including a button that toggles to metric measurements. Here in Germany, I got your recipe from a simple Google search, but now I’ll have to do the conversions myself. Most people wouldn’t be so patient. Just an idea. Thanks.

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 13, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you for the suggestion!

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    April 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Have you ever tried this with another flour? I was thinking about trying it with half all purpose/half buckwheat. Thanks!

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      We haven’t tried it, but I think it would work :)

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    April 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    We tried it with 1.25 c all purpose and 1 cup buckwheat and it was delicious!

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      Alex Overhiser
      April 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Wonderful, thank you!

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    Pearl Mahavir
    May 5, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the awesome recipe. I made the zucchini bread last night and it was perfect. Next time I will include walnuts. I baked it for only 30 minutes because I used small pans. It was perfect, delicious 😊

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    June 9, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Definitely the best vegan zucchini bread recipe I’ve tried! I highly recommend adding a teaspoon of cloves, as well. It adds so much spice and wholesomeness :)

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      June 10, 2020 at 9:00 am

      So glad you enjoyed!

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    June 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

    How would you recommend storing this? Also, would you eat it on its own or make some kind of sandwich with it?

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      Sonja Overhiser
      June 29, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for the question! We updated the recipe: you can store at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for about 1 week, or frozen for at least 3 months. See the post for more details. Zucchini bread is a sweet bread so it’s traditionally eaten on its own, not as a sandwich. Thanks!

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        June 29, 2020 at 8:25 pm

        Awesome, thank you!! Making this for a road trip!

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