Come summer, when you are swimming in zucchini, zucchini bread is your friend! It uses up a lot of the prolific veggie, is easy to freeze for future breakfasts, and is a breeze to make.
Zucchini breads (and other moist quick bread recipes like banana bread) are the perfect place to play with substituting in gluten-free flours like almond flour and tapioca flour. This zucchini bread recipe is naturally gluten-free—but it’s so delicious, and the texture is so perfect, that you’d never know it.
We make this recipe almost weekly during the summertime. Like all of our recipes, it’s kitchen-tested, which means you can feel confident it is the best gluten-free zucchini bread out there. We wouldn’t keep making it if it wasn’t! Let’s get baking.
What flour do I need for this gluten-free zucchini bread recipe?
In place of all-purpose or whole wheat flour, we use almond flour and tapioca starch in this bread. This gluten-free flour blend lends itself well to dense, moist breads like zucchini bread and banana bread.
Protip: Skip the all-purpose for this one!
Often, you’ll see gluten-free recipes call for “all-purpose gluten-free flour,” and while we like a good gluten-free flour blend, it can be tricky to land on the right one for each recipe. That’s why we recommend using almond flour and tapioca starch here—the combo is perfect for this type of gluten-free quick bread.
What else do I need for this recipe?
For this loaf, you’ll need:
- Zucchini, obviously. You’ll need a pound, or about two medium squash.
- Maple syrup
- Avocado oil or coconut oil
- Vanilla extract
- Apple cider vinegar
- Blanched almond flour
- Tapioca starch
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon
When making zucchini bread, do you peel the zucchini before shredding it?
Nope, no need for that! Keep the peels on—it makes the zucchini easier to shred and keeps all the vegetable’s vitamins and minerals in your bread!
What is the best way to shred zucchini?
There are two ways to grate zucchini for this bread:
- A box grater. Trim the ends off the zucchini. Hold the grater over a mixing bowl and pull the squash back and forth over the holes. Watch your fingers as you get to the end; there is less to hold on to!
- A food processor. Cut the ends off the zucchini and feed it through a food processor fitted with a shredding plate.
Do you squeeze out the liquid from zucchini for bread?
Yes! If you skip this step, you’ll end up with a soggy gluten-free zucchini bread that may not cook through all the way.
To remove the excess liquid from the zucchini, pile the shredded veggies into the middle of a clean tea towel. Gather the corners of the towel to create a zucchini bundle, and squeeze over a bowl or sink to remove the moisture. It won’t be completely dry, and that’s okay—you just want to get the bulk of the water out for easier baking. At the end, you should have about 1 1/2 packed cups of zucchini.
If you don’t have a clean tea towel, use a few layers of paper towels or a cheesecloth to squeeze out the excess water.
Can you freeze shredded zucchini for zucchini bread?
Sure can! This is a great way to have gluten-free zucchini bread all year round. We like to freeze shredded zucchini in 1 1/2 cup portions to have the exact right amount for future loaves of bread. Defrost at room temperature and drain the zucchini before adding it to your batter.
Can you freeze gluten-free zucchini bread?
You can freeze this bread either in slices or loaves. We recommend slices because it makes it easier to grab a piece or two as you want them, but here are instructions for both:
- To freeze slices: Allow the gluten-free zucchini bread to cool completely, then cut it into thick slices. Freeze on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat until frozen, then move the slices to a freezer bag or container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost slices at room temperature or reheat them in a toaster oven.
- To freeze loaves: Let the zucchini bread cool completely, then freeze it in a freezer bag or container for up to three months. Defrost at room temperature.
Want more gluten-free quick breads like this one?
- Almond flour banana bread
- Gluten-free banana muffins
- Quick gluten-free bread
- Sweet honey cornbread (obviously, go for the gluten-free flour option!)