July 27, 2021

Lemon zucchini bread

Loaf of lemon zucchini bread with slices.

A bright a lemony zucchini bread makes for a delicious change-up to the traditional summer zucchini bread. Packed with lemon zest, a little lemon juice, and then drizzled with a lemon glaze, it's full of lemon flavor and the inside is speckled with green zucchini. 

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I love regular zucchini bread, but sometimes I like to try out other flavors with zucchini. Lemon is one of my personal favorite baked good flavors and it pairs beautifully with the zucchini. The bright lemon flavor makes for a great summer time twist. 

This is a simple quick bread and it has an easy lemon glaze on top made from powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice for a extra burst of lemon flavor. Quick breads are terrific because they are endlessly versatile. 

You can make quick breads with so many different flavors and ingredients. They make delicious breakfasts (I love a slice on the side of scrambled eggs), lunchbox additions, and snacks. 

If you prefer, you can bake quick bread batter in a muffin pan rather than a loaf pan. Simply reduce the baking time to somewhere around 15-18 minutes and use muffin tin liners (or cooking spray) in the tins.

When baking with lemons, you always want to use fresh lemons for the best flavor as opposed to bottled lemon juice. Fresh lemons also allow you to use the zest which provides the most lemon flavor to your recipe. 

Zucchini is in season now, so this is the time of year where many people are in search of new ways to use up their garden zucchinis and looking for new zucchini recipes. This lemon zucchini bread is a simple and delicious one to try this year, especially for lemon lovers!

Slice of lemon zucchini bread.

Yield: 1 loaf
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Lemon Zucchini Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread

A bright a lemony zucchini bread makes for a delicious change-up to the traditional summer zucchini bread. Packed with lemon zest, a little lemon juice, and then drizzled with a lemon glaze, it's full of lemon flavor and then speckled with green zucchini.


For the bread
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or more olive oil)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest from two lemons (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lightly packed cup grated zucchini
For the glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • about 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Lightly grease an 8"x4" loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour though salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil through sugar until well-combined. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined and then fold in the zucchini.
  4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread it evenly. Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes, or until the loaf is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then remove from the pan and continue to cool before slicing.
  6. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl and slowly whisk in the lemon juice until it reaches the right consistency to drizzle. Drizzle over the cooled loaf and let the glaze dry.

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Side view of the inside of a loaf of lemon zucchini bread with glaze on top.

Check out these other zucchini recipes:

Old-fashioned Zucchini Pie

Whole Wheat Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Muffins 

Zucchini (Mock Apple) Crisp

And for even more zucchini recipes visit this round-up of 45+ Zucchini Recipes for Zucchini Season 


  1. I love the combo of citrus and zucchini, even more than the combo with chocolate. Your zucchini bread looks fantastic, Amy.

  2. Oh, la la! This sounds delicious and I want to try it. It looks like you used the peel and all of the zucchini. Great with your toddlers helping in the kitchen! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Zucchini bread is good stuff, isn't it? Love this -- because I love lemon! Really nice -- thanks.

  4. I just bought zucchini at the farmers market today with the total purpose to make zucchini bread!

  5. Replies
    1. Yes, you can freeze it, but leave off the glaze until it is thawed.

  6. Love the addition of the lemon glaze on zucchini bread. This looks delicious!

  7. great twist! makes me even more bitter that my zucchini plants did terribly this year! :)

  8. It uses olive oil? Awesome! I bet this is so good!

  9. We've got loads of local zucchini at the moment, so your timing is perfect. This looks great -- thanks.

  10. A great way to use up all that garden zucchini! Love these flavors together, too.

  11. It's definitely zucchini season. Can't wait to make this!

  12. I thought I loved zucchini, but then you added lemon!! This will be a summer staple!

  13. This looks awesome. I make a lot of zucchini bread but adding lemon is great!

  14. Zucchini bread is one of the best definitions of summer. It's so good and makes an amazingly moist bread.

  15. I'm definitely going to have to hit the farmer's market this week to pick up a zucchini...because this sounds and looks like sweet summer heaven!!!

  16. I love making zucchini bread I also put 1Tad sp flax seed meal in it


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