Lightened Up Zucchini Bread

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how versatile zucchini is? It can be spiralized into noodles, sliced into fries, or blended up into muffins. Sweet? Yes. Savory? Yes. Healthy? Of course. Is there anything it can’t do? (Ok fine, I’m sure there are some things it can’t do.) Another bonus? It’s easy on the budget. I know healthy foods can start to get expensive so zucchini is a nice budget friendly way to get in some extra veggies.

Anyways, let’s talk about this lightened up zucchini bread recipe! I was craving zucchini bread but when I did a quick search online for a recipe, I found bread recipes that were loaded with canola oil and refined sugar. Ugh! I wanted something that would satisfy my sweet craving but if I wanted to eat something full of fat and sugar, I’d go for ice cream, not zucchini bread. Ya know?

low calorie zucchini bread

So I jotted down a couple of recipes that looked good and then I tweaked and tweaked (while plugging everything into a nutritional calculator) until I got something that I’d actually feel good about eating. If you slice up this loaf into 12 slices, each slice will be about 140 calories. It could be a little more if you add extra chocolate chips or walnuts but at least you’re starting at a good place!

low calorie zucchini bread

5.0 from 2 reviews
Low-Cal Healthy Zucchini Bread
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Serves: 12
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  • Optional mix-ins: chocolate chips, raisins, or walnuts.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. If your zucchini is really wet, press it slightly to remove some of the water. You should end up with 1 cup of loosely packed shredded zucchini.
  3. Combine the zucchini with the coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, yogurt, and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. I added in ¼ cup mini chocolate chips at this point!
  6. Spray a 9x5 pan with non-stick spray. Pour in the batter.
  7. Sprinkle with brown sugar on top, if desired.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the loaf to cool before you slice it. I couldn’t wait more than 5 minutes but it’s really best if you can wait an hour or so.

This lightened up zucchini bread is lower in calories, sugar, and fat but full of flavor!

Look atΒ those little zucchini flecks! And those chocolate chips of course… Alex and I both enjoyed a slice of warm bread on Sunday afternoon. It was a nice little snack!

This lightened up zucchini bread is lower in calories, sugar, and fat but full of flavor!


What’s your favorite way to use zucchini?


  1. This looks delicious, Liz! The last time I used zucchini it was for a savory zoodles entree. I need to get back to baking with it!

  2. Its a good thing this is lightened up, because I could so see myself inhaling half of it in one day!! πŸ™‚

  3. Wow this looks amazing! I actually havent ever made zucchini fries either– another good idea! πŸ˜€

  4. I’ve realized that you can use applesauce or pumpkin to replace some oil in sweet bread. I don’t mind oil, but I agree that sometimes I like to have the richness in ice cream instead of bread. πŸ™‚

  5. Just like pumpkin zucchini isn’t really used in sweet ways over here so I’ve never had zucchini bread before. With maple syrup, coconut oil and chocolate chips your sounds great, though. I imagine the zucchini keeping it deliciously moist, too [sorry if you don’t like that word :D]

  6. I love zucchini everything, but I hate how many calories are usually in zucchini bread! This recipe sounds perfect!


  7. My current favourite way to use zucchini is in zucchini bread baked oats (which I shared the recipe for yesterday) as it’s such an easy way to sneak some veggies into a sweet breakfast! This looks perfect!

  8. Yum can’t get too many zucchini recipes this week! They are great in baked goods

  9. Yum!!! I love zucchini bread and this lighter version of it sounds fabulous…can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  10. Is it just me or are chocolate chips a necessity in zucchini bread? Nailed it Liz, looks delish!

  11. Oh man this looks yummy! Love my fall bread recipes!

  12. Yummy! I love zucchini bread, especially with chocolate chips!! And at only 131 calories per slice! I’ll take two!!

  13. I haven’t had zucchini bread in ages – time to make some! Pinning!

  14. This looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing

  15. I love making traditional recipes a bit lighter. It stil tastes delicious and doesnt leave me feeling icky!!

  16. This looks great! I spent all day lightening my granola recipe with coconut oil, coconut sugar, applesauce and honey. Too funny…. Can’t wait to give this a try.

  17. This looks amazing! I love taking our favorite recipes and making them healthier!

  18. Yum! This looks so yummy! I love the addition of the Greek yogurt too:)

  19. I love zuc bread! Thanks for sharing a lighter calorie version. Clutch…

  20. Love this lightened up version, zucchini bread is life! Pinning!

  21. This looks great. Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables so I can definitely appreciate this.

  22. Not bad at all on the macros! Nice work. Will have to try this version! I too am like you: when I crave it, the ones online I find are filled with things like chocolate, sugar, oil, so it almost negates the whole purpose of having this kind of healthier treat!

  23. Aw. Zucchini bread brings back such great memories for me. My grandmother used to make a ton of it straight from our garden and then freeze it. We would be eating zucchini bread all through the winter. Yum!

  24. Zucchini bread is the best! I had it so often growing up and I loved it more than anything else. I still love it πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to get cooking in my kitchen and make this beautiful bread!

  25. This is a must make. Looks delicious Liz.

  26. Why the heck do I keep walking by the zucchini without buying any?! I am such a dummy!

  27. Wondering if I can substitute almond flour for the whole wheat flour? Love all the ingredients but prefer gluten free. If so, same amount of flour?


  28. YUM! This sounds so tasty!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  29. I love zucchini bread and a lightened version makes my day.
    Thanks for sharing,

  30. This sounds awesome. I have my mom’s recipe but it needs an update. Thanks for sharing. I love zucchini bread with chocolate chips in it, too!

  31. Sounds and looks great! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

  32. Your Zucchini Bread is beautiful and would be delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  33. That looks great!

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