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Healthy Zucchini Banana Bread

This healthy zucchini banana bread is an absolutely dream! Easy to make, this low fat banana bread is completely refined sugar free and can be made gluten free! This will become your new breakfast or dessert staple!

slice of zucchini banana bread on marble slab

When I first made this healthy zucchini banana bread, everyone in my household came running to the kitchen and snatched a slice before I could even blink!

Yep, it’s that good! I had to make an entire new loaf haha!

No one even realized that this zucchini banana bread is actually vegan, oil free, refined sugar free, and can be made gluten free! Don’t worry, I disclosed that to them later πŸ˜‰

overhead of zucchini banana bread

This vegan zucchini banana bread just outranked my Paleo banana bread (shhhh! Don’t tell the other banana breads!). It’s dense, moist, fluffy, sweet, and everything a banana bread should be!

Oh, and you can add in some chocolate chips like I do because I just can’t have banana bread without chocolate chips! But do whatever floats your zucchini boat!

slices of zucchini banana bread stacked

Basic Healthy Zucchini Banana Bread Ingredients

Organic flour: I always state organic here because when using flour in the U.S., I do find it’s important to use organic if you can! Typically, organic flour runs about $1-2 more than regular flour. My favorite is King Arthur, but you can totally use a local brand! For going gluten free, you can easily swap in a cup-for-cup gluten free flour πŸ™‚

Zucchini: well, it’d be pretty silly not to have zucchini in a healthy zucchini banana bread πŸ˜‰ I used a cheese grater to shred my zucchini, which was fairly easy! And it’s perfect during the summer when zucchini is really in season πŸ™‚

zucchini banana bread ingredients

Bananas: for this recipe, you’ll need 3 verrryyyyy ripe bananas! If your bananas aren’t ripe just yet, you can use this trick- turn on your oven to 300F and bake your bananas on a baking sheet for 15 minutes until they look more spotty and black!

Maple Syrup: I love using maple syrup here because you don’t need as much sugar then, it keeps this low fat banana bread moist, and it’s refined sugar free! However, you can absolutely sub in coconut sugar or regular sugar if you’d like! Just add about 1/4 cup more to your recipe to keep the same level of sweetness (since maple syrup tends to taste sweeter!).

Unsweetened Applesauce: my trick to making this vegan zucchini banana bread completely oil free! I actually love baking with applesauce- this was my first time experimenting with it, and it worked so well, I think I might be experimenting with more recipes!

Ground Flaxseed: this is to make the vegan “egg!” Just mix a few spoonfuls (you’ll see below in the recipe card) with some water, let sit for about 5 minutes and there ya have it! The perfect substitute for eggs πŸ™‚

How to make vegan zucchini banana bread

sliced banana bread on drying rack

Don’t run the other way just because you hear vegan! This bread is actually quite simple and easy! I think you’d actually be shocked because it’s pretty hard to mess up this beautiful loaf of deliciousness.

You first need to whisk together the flour- which you can sub in gluten free here as well- baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Let that be set aside while you mash all of your bananas together (actually one of my favorite parts!).

Add in your shredded zucchini (I recommend using a cheese grater for this! You should only need about 1 full small zucchini or 1/2 of a large zucchini for this) and mix the banana and zucchini together. Then add in your apple sauce, maple syrup, ground flaxseed (which is combined with water to create the coagulation), and vanilla.

healthy zucchini banana bread batter

Stir it all together and then fold your wet ingredients into the mixed flour. Add in your chocolates and mix until everything is well combined and there are no dry patches anywhere!

Pour your batter into a greased loaf pan (I used coconut oil, but you can use olive oil or another greasing agent that you have!) and top with bananas if you’d like to make a design πŸ™‚

low fat banana bread batter before baking

Bake the vegan zucchini banana bread for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean, and you’re set!

The most beautiful vegan zucchini banana bread that tastes like a dream and that no one would ever guess is healthy nor vegan!

baked banana bread with zucchini

Why low fat banana bread?

Truthfully, there’s no real reason at all, other than I wanted to see if I could make a really dense and moist (not apologizing for that word, millennials) zucchini banana bread without oil!

slices of zucchini banana bread on drying rack

Honestly, I love a good cooking challenge, and this bread was a bit of a challenge for me! I eat regular banana bread, Paleo banana bread, Paleo vegan banana bread, low fat banana bread, and all sorts of banana breads, with oils, nut butters (a fun one), and ones like this one!

Some people need low fat, whereas others may need low carb or whatever your necessities are in order for you to live a healthy life! We’re all so individual, but we do have some commonalities…individual quantities aside, we need protein, we need carbs, we need micronutrients…

up close shot of zucchini banana bread

And we actually need fats in our diet- they’re extraordinarily important for carrying certain vitamins, and ya know, your brain is 60% fat! Trust me when I say, I’m one of the last people to skimp on fat.

Your girl loves her chocolate, peanut butter, and avocado (except on toast- yikes!).

If you don’t have applesauce in your kitchen, you can absolutely sub in olive oil (which actually tastes so good!), or melted coconut oil. Or if you’re not nut free, you can sub in your favorite nut butter!

Despite this low fat banana bread being completely oil free, it’s actually insanely moist, which is just something that really fascinates me! I think food is cool and interesting, like a science experiment in one’s kitchen!

Anyway! I hope that the use of applesauce doesn’t deter you from trying this amazing and healthy zucchini banana bread πŸ™‚ It truly sky rocketed to my favorite banana bread of all time!

Literally, my family and friends consumed it all within a day ha! And I had to give out the recipe before it was up on here soooooo if that tells you anything…

I hope you get to making this banana bread soon! Happy baking!

More banana bread recipes…

The OG Paleo Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Paleo Vegan Banana Bread

Paleo Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Paleo Strawberry Banana Bread

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Healthy Zucchini Banana Bread


  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 9 1x

Description

This healthy zucchini banana bread is an absolutely dream! Easy to make, this low fat banana bread is completely refined sugar free and can be made gluten free! This will become your new breakfast or dessert staple!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic flour, sub GF cup-for-cup flour blend for gluten free
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1/2 large zucchini)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 1/3 cup water
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a 9″ loaf pan with olive or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash together bananas and combine with zucchini.Β 
  4. Add in maple syrup, apple sauce, vanilla extract, and flaxseed. Mix until well combined.
  5. Fold wet ingredients into dry and combine until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and mix well.
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan and top with bananas if desired.
  8. Place banana bread into the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: baking

Keywords: banana bread, healthy, gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, low fat, oil free, zucchini

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