Zucchini Carrot Banana Bread

zucchini carrot bread

This quick bread is filled with so much healthy stuff, it’s practically a salad. It has zucchini, carrots, bananas, raisins, walnuts, and Greek yogurt. All nutritious.

The fact that it tastes a teeny bit like cake is just an added bonus.

You’ll see pretty flecks of green and orange, get some crunch from heart-healthy walnuts, and taste sweetness from bananas and raisins. It’s a moist, almost fluffy bread – so good and jam-packed with different textures.

zucchini carrot banana bread

I’ve had this bread on my to-do list for months. I spent a few lovely days in New York city last June – I caught up with friends, went to a boozy brunch with a DIY Prosecco Bar (that’s right, unlimited cocktails), saw Of Mice and Men on Broadway starring Chris O’Dowd and James Franco (can we say double yum?), and right before I boarded the Amtrak to Boston, I bought a slice of zucchini carrot  bread from a small bakery across my hotel. The bread tasted like carrot cake without the frosting, but better because there was so much texture from the shredded carrots, zucchini, and raisins. As soon as I took a bite, I knew I wanted to recreate it at home.

I grated a medium zucchini and squeezed the water out of it with paper towels, and I used pre-shredded carrots. I decided to add some chopped walnuts because I love walnuts and also because I can’t get enough texture! I considered adding shredded coconut flakes, too, but thought that’s going a little overboard. And I briefly considered soaking the raisins in rum but stopped myself because I wanted this quick bread to say on the healthy side.

(Confession: I have a penchant for soaking raisins in Cointreau, or cherries in brandy, or generally just adding rum to baked goods and desserts.)

healthy zucchini carrot bread

And even though it could totally stand it for cake, we’re sticking to calling it bread. And righteously calling out the ZUCCHINI and CARROTS and the other healthy ingredients. BANANAS. COCONUT OIL. GREEK YOGURT. WALNUTS!

Also: NO CHOCOLATE. Shocker.

healthy zucchini carrot banana bread

So go ahead and eat this smugly for breakfast. Smear some organic almond butter on it, to up the nutrition content even more. (Don’t point your finger at me if you want to smother it in butter or Nutella instead.)

Yield: 1 loaf

Zucchini Carrot Banana Bread

Ingredients

1 teaspoon butter to grease loaf pan
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup grated zucchini(1 medium zucchini)
1 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% Fage)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Butter a 9" x 5" loaf pan, then dust with flour.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sugars and eggs. Add coconut oil, mashed bananas,grated zucchini, grated carrots, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  5. Fold in flour mixture.
  6. Add walnuts and raisins.
  7. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.

carrot zucchini banana walnut bread

Anyone else tempted to pour some dark spiced rum over this? Nobody? Okay, let’s stick to healthy today.

   

38 Responses to “Zucchini Carrot Banana Bread”

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    Joanne posted August 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Vegetables IN dessert IN breakfast. You know I like the sound of that!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied August 11th, 2014 at 11:41 am

      It’s the best kind of breakfast!

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    dixya posted August 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

    im really tempted to soak raisins in rum, i dont like raisins but rum raisins are different :) This is basically eating like vegetables so we need 3-5 servings a day right.

    • Bianca Garcia replied August 11th, 2014 at 11:40 am

      You totally get me, girl!

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    Sues posted August 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I just bought a bunch of zucchini because I’ve been crazy jealous of all the deliciousness people have been making this summer. Now I’m adding another recipe to my list!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied August 11th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Woohoo! Let me know when you get to this :)

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    Louis Gudema posted August 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Looks great. I have a couple suggestions:
    – use white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. People never notice and it’s healthier
    – and I usually cut the sugar in baking recipes in half and, again, no one notices and they still taste great.

    Definitely will have to try this recipe!

    • Bianca Garcia replied August 11th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Louis! Great suggestions!!

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    Meghan posted August 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    This looks so delicious! I know what I am doing with my next garden zucchini!

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    Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat posted August 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

    This is a beautiful loaf of bread, for real. The flecks of color make it look healthy and delicious. Pinning! :)

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    Taryn posted August 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Yum — this looks fantastic! I have been wanting to make zucchini bread recently, and this recipe is totally up my alley. Must give it a try!

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    PassTheKnife posted August 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve seen so many zucchini posts lately, must be the summer gardens abundant with them. This recipe sticks out to me, it looks like a perfect breakfast or snack.

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    Juliana posted August 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Such a nice and hearty banana bread…I love the zucchini, carrot and walnut…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe Bianca…have a great week :D

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    grace posted August 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    love the specks of orange! you’ve combined all the moisture-producing fruits and vegetables into one and i think it’s fabulous!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted August 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    This banana bread is calling my name – it has veggies so can I have it for breakfast? :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com posted August 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Bianca, a “salad” – I love it! The great thing about a loaf like this is, sure, you can serve it for dessert, but you can also use it as a meal replacement!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche posted August 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    looks delicious! i love zucchini bread but i have never made a bread with carrots before. definitely need to try the recipe out. looks really moist and delicious.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted August 17, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Look at that bread! Full of goodness and I’m sure outstanding flavor.

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted August 17, 2014 at 2:30 am

    The texture of this looks wonderful! And it looks healthy but not like you’re depriving yourself! :D

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    Allison posted August 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

    There is not a dry crumb in sight! What a fantastically dense and healthy bread! Zucchini’s are kind of magical in baked goods. I can’t get enough lately. Great recipe! I need a cup of tea right now and a slice of this goodness. (Maybe some rum as well ;) )

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted August 17, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    This bread is just chock full of goodness! What a happy morning :-)

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    Liz posted August 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, my gosh, this could become my new favorite quick bread! So many yummy ingredients in one loaf :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted August 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Yum! I like all the tasty ingredients you added to this bread! Totally healthy!

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    Emma posted August 18, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Yummy yummy! This looks STUFFED full of goodness, thanks for sharing :)

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted August 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    That looks so pretty! I love the specks of color. Good and delicious…I’ll take two slices, please!

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    Sacha posted August 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Clearly I’m behind on my blog-reading, but I still had to comment because this bread looks delicious. Love this: “This quick bread is filled with so much healthy stuff, it’s practically a salad.”

    As you say, even though it’s loaded with carrots, zucchini, and banana, it still looks fluffy!

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted August 22, 2014 at 2:49 am

    As if you combined my three favourite breads into one (I love that you also snuck some banana in!!) I can’t wait to try this!! And your trip to NYC sounds like an absolute blast – after visiting NYC a couple weeks ago, (for the first time – can you believe that!) I am forever in love! :) :)

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron posted August 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Looks delicious! Love that it’s guilt free, too :) A great way to use up some of my zucchinis!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita posted August 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I’ve been loving breads like this recently, and this one looks particularly delicious!! Pinned :)

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted August 28, 2014 at 3:59 am

    This sounds incredible! I have a couple of carrots and zucchini lurking in the bottom of my fridge so I am going to have to make this!

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    Trish posted September 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I substituted both sugars with Coconut sugar and it was delicious!

    • Bianca Garcia replied September 3rd, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Good idea!

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    Sofía posted September 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Veggies and sweet goods. <3 Loving it. And especially the greek yogurt part.

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    Anita posted September 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Hello Bianca!
    Your Zucchini, Carrot Banana Bread looks so yummy and healthy. I would just replace the sugar with honey.

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    honeywhatscooking posted September 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    this looks really good.. i still need to experiment with zucchini, it’s everywhere. love your new look on the site, i finally started blogging again. :-)

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    Raquel posted January 17, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I never leave reviews on recipes, I just don’t have the time. But I must THANK YOU for posting this recipe. I’m making it again today for the third this month =D
    It’s a wonderful healthy quick breakfast to grab as my family runs out the door and my 10 yr old has even enjoyed it toasted with a scoop of ice cream on top for dessert. Side note: I now back off a little on the sugar and no one has even noticed.

    • Bianca Garcia replied January 21st, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Hi Raquel, thank you so much for the email! I am so glad you and your family like it. I must now try it toasted with a scoop of ice cream for dessert!

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    Erica posted February 11, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Sorry, but not I did not like it. the carrots & zucchini are too much roughage together. I would omit one, probably the carrot. Really had high hopes. Made a double chocolate zucchini loaf recently which was fantastic, but not into this flavor. Just being honest. I read a lot of positive reviews but they were from people who had not made it yet.

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