Zucchini Loaf

Zucchini Loaf

When someone mentions zucchini bread, one would normally think of a non-yeasted quick bread. This is a sweet bread that is cake-like and quite delicious. It is great for brunch, snack, or even afternoon tea. For breakfast or dinner, a yeasted Zucchini Loaf is preferred and zucchinis work just as well here.

Since zucchini is such a mild vegetable, I added some sunflower and pumpkin seeds to provide greater flavor and texture to the bread. I also added a little oat bran in the bread for additional fiber. This is a healthy and tasty loaf, great as an accompaniment to soups or as a sandwich bread.

Zucchini Loaf

Zucchini Loaf
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Serves: 1 loaf
  • 1 cup (240ml) low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2½ cups (375g) unbleached white bread flour
  • ¾ cup (105g) whole oat flour
  • 2 tbsp oat bran
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • ⅔ cup grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rapid rise dry yeast
  1. Pour buttermilk and olive oil into bread machine pan. Sprinkle both kinds of flour over followed by oat bran, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and zucchini . Place sugar and salt in separate corners of bread pan. Make a shallow indentation in the middle of flour and add yeast. Snap bread pan into bread machine and close lid. Set bread machine to dough setting. Press the start button.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  3. When dough cycle is complete, remove dough from machine and place it on a lightly floured surface. Punch down gently and divide dough into 2 equal portions.
  4. Roll each portion into a rope about 16 inches (40cm) long. Place the two ropes side by side. Starting in the center, twist them together until you reach the end. Press the ends together and tuck under. Repeat for the other end.
  5. Place on baking sheet and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 to 40 minutes or until double in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 400?F (200°C). Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow it to cool completely before slicing.

Zucchini Loaf

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. Jay says

    Hy Biren,

    Amazing work…Never thought of preparing Zucchini Loaf so perfect. Thanks dear for the recipe..Will give it a try today.

  2. JillyAn says

    Oh wow…that looks absolutely marvelous! I've never tried making a yeast zucchini bread before. What a great idea.

  3. roxan @ kitchen meditation says

    Beautiful bread, thank you for sharing. That would be wonderful to have with a nice refreshing salad.

  4. lequan@luvtoeat says

    Zucchini bread…never even thought to make bread with zucchini. Now that's thinking out of the box Biren. I usually stir fry zucchini with eggs but I never would have thought to make bread with it. That is a great idea since zucchin is not too overpowering in flavor. Another great recipe Biren.

  5. Xiao Yen Recipes says

    One of my husband's customers gave him a variety of breads for Christmas. That was the first time I had zucchini bread. I was surprised, it was actually good. Your version uses pumpkin and sunflower seeds. How interesting. I'd love to give a try.

  6. Kamalika says

    Ahhhh..Biren whenever I see ur bread posts, I feel so jealous…wish I could also bake breads like u….hope for the best….:(

  7. Biren says

    @Jay – Thanks Jay!

    @Rick – The bread machine's depressed living in the basement. It needs to be out making bread :)

    @JillyAn – Thanks and do give it a try.

    roxan@kitchen meditation – Fresh bread with butter and a salad does make a wonderful lunch :)

    lequan@luvtoeat – I do a lot of fried rice and stir-fries with zucchinis too. Since they are so mild, they go well with most other ingredients. Surprisingly good in breads and even cakes!

    @Xiao Yen Recipes – I discovered zucchini bread some years back and have been tweaking the recipe. I really like this version with the buttermilk and olive oil. I hope you will give it a try.

    @Kamalika – Making breads with the bread machine is not difficult. Just measure out the ingredients and the machine does the rest :)

  8. sweetlife says

    I simply love this bread..zucchini, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds..oh I'm in heaven..this is a must make for sunday morning…great recipe


  9. Stella says

    This looks like it has a great texture, Biren. A true sandwich bread. I love that it is a yeast bread with zucchini too-how healthful!

  10. Anna says

    I'm addicted to breads, it's my weakness. If I'm on a diet I can cut everything, but don't touch my bread. And using zucchini just gives me another reason to keep loving it. It looks delicious I wish I had a slice of you bread now for my Breakie. :-)

  11. Cinnamon-Girl says

    I don't think I have ever seen a yeast bread with zucchini in it. This looks delicious! I bet it toasts up nice for breakfast!

  12. Mary says

    Biren, this is really a lovely loaf of bread. I've saved your recipe in anticipation of this summers harvest. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  13. Cristina says

    Like the addition of the seeds and the healthy aspect of this bread. Looking forward to making a loaf for the weekend with my coffee!

  14. Biren says

    @sweetlife – Thanks! It's a very flavorful bread.

    @tigerfish – Maybe you can make a loaf :)

    @Stella – Thanks! It was great with barbecue chicken sandwich meat and a slice of Havrati cheese.

    @MaryMoh – Thank you.

    @Anna – Homemade bread is one of those comfort foods that is hard to give up :)

    @Cinnamon-Girl – I didn't get to toast it as the family finished it while it was nice and fresh. Everyone just wanted butter with it :)

    @Ann – Thanks!

    @Mary – Thanks Mary! I hope you have a bountiful harvest. I wish I could grow more veges here but the growing season is short and there are lots of rabbits around.

    @Cristina – I am going to have to make another loaf as it was gone in two days.

    @Shree – Thanks Shree and thanks for visiting :)

    @Yummy Team – Thanks!

  15. denise @ quickies on the dinner table says

    Woweee! I love bread – been too busy lately to make real yeasted bread cos it takes time *sigh* This looks perfect Biren – the texture and crust are both beautiful and I really like zucchini. Seriously, I need to move into your neighbourhood LOL

  16. Cool Lassi(e) says

    A Newcomer to your blog. What a tempting Loaf! In love with this Savory bread.You do have plenty of bakes in your spot. Love it.See Soon!

  17. Irina says

    It looks so great! Can I make it by hand, not using bread machine? I think then the technology will be different, may be I should make a starter with yeast, water, flour and sugar first?

    Can you give me advice?

    Best wishes,

  18. Biren says

    @Gulmohar – Thanks!

    @Rumana Rawat – Thanks you. It is easier than it looks. Do give it a try :)

    @5 Star Foodie – Thanks!

    denise@quickies on the dinner table – Thanks Denise! I have worked the bread making into my schedule as I seldom, if ever, buy bread. Would love to have you as a neighbor :)

    @Cherine – Thanks!

    @Spicie Foodie – Thank you!

    @Angie's Recipes – Thanks Angie!

    @Cool Lassi(e) – Thanks for visiting and commenting :) :)

    @Irina – Thanks for visiting! Yes, you can definitely make it by hand. I would combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then add the buttermilk and olive oil. Mix and knead for 10 to 15 minutes until smooth. You may have to add a little more buttermilk or flour as needed. Do remember that the more flour you add, the more dense and heavy the loaf will be. Cover and let dough rise for about 45 minutes to an hour. Gently punch down and shape loaf and let rise for another 45 mintues to an hour before baking in the oven. I hope this helps :)

  19. Noel Chapman says

    I would definitely like to give this recipe a try! I love the addition of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Thanks for sharing!

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