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Lemon Zucchini Bread

Lemon Zucchini Bread is a perfect way to use up zucchini. Buttermilk makes this bread so moist and cake-like. Loaded with zucchini, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest. Bakes up perfectly each and every time!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon zucchini bread, quick bread, zucchini bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 209kcal
Author Jessica


Lemon Zucchini Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 4 mini loaf pans (6"x3 1/2") well with cooking spray. You can also use a 9x5 loaf pan. 
  • In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a whisk to break up any clumps. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl with a hand blender, or a bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and oil and beat together until well combined. About 1 minute until it looks "fluffy" and pale in color. 
  • Add buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Blend together until mixed in. 
  • Add the shredded zucchini and the bowl of dry ingredients into the wet mixture, and stir gently with a spatula or wooden spoon just until combined and no flour pockets remain. 
  • Evenly divide the batter between the 4 mini loaf pans (or 9x5). Cook the mini loaf pans for 30-34 minutes and the 9x5 loaf pan for 40-45 minutes. The bread will look done and when gently pressed with a finger will spring back, a toothpick inserted in the middle will also come out clean.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan and then remove the bread to a cooling rack to cool complete. 

Lemon Glaze

  • Mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice with a fork until combined and it's the consistency you want. Add more lemon juice (or milk) if it's too thick and if it gets too runny, add a little bit of powdered sugar. Drizzle the glaze over the bread with a fork or put the glaze into a Ziploc bag and cut the corner.


Zucchini : I prefer the zucchini peeled so that's what I do, you can also just shred it with the peel on too. If the zucchini is very watery as you are shredding it you may want to dab it gently with a paper towel to soak up any excess water before adding it into the batter. Shred the zucchini using the fine side of a cheese grater. 
Lemons : You will need 2 fresh lemons for this recipe. For best taste use fresh lemon juice and not bottled lemon juice. 
Glaze : If wanted you can use milk instead of lemon juice. Doing this would make the lemon flavor less intense. 


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg