Sneak veggies (and moisture!) into a classic loaf with a family favorite recipe for Zucchini Banana Bread.
Banana bread has taken on many a culinary co-pilot around these parts, from chocolate swirls to peanut butter chips and nearly every variety of streusel in between. Now, everyone’s favorite quick bread is getting a veggie-inspired makeover with this recipe for Zucchini Banana Bread.
And while overripe bananas are crucial to making the best banana bread, I’ve devised a trick that will transform your green bananas into darkly speckled and sweet fruit in 15 minutes (or less). So now you can skip the agonizing wait and speed up that ripening process from days to minutes.
But the real secret to zucchini banana bread success lies in a simple trick that means the difference between tasty triumph and having trough running through the center of your bread. Hint: It’s all about the squeeze.
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Zucchini Banana Bread
very ripe, darkly speckled large bananas, mashed well (about 1 1/2 cups)
large eggs, beaten lightly
butter, melted and cooled
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line a 9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper then grease the parchment paper with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients.
Shred the zucchini on a box grater. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of shredded zucchini then squeeze is with your hands over the sink to remove excess liquid. Fold the zucchini into the batter then scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake the bread for 50 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack to cool then lift the loaf out of the pan, slice and serve.
Squeezing the excess moisture out of the zucchini ensures your bread won’t sink in the center.
Extra-ripe bananas are the key to the most moist, flavorful banana bread. Don’t be afraid to let bananas turn completely brown before using them for banana bread. If you don’t have extra-ripe bananas, check out my video for how to ripen bananas in 15 minutes.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a quick version using whole milk and lemon juice or white vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, and then pour in the milk until it reaches the 1-cup mark. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then use 1/4 cup for this recipe and save the rest for another use.
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Zucchini Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.