Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread Recipe

Beth Asaff
Zucchini bread sliced

Gluten-free zucchini bread is a welcome addition to the breakfast table. This lightly sweet and deliciously moist bread is made using coconut flour, so it has a dense, almost cake-like texture with a savory aftertaste.

Coconut Flour Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, so only a little flour is needed for the recipe. Eggs, oil and coconut milk help make up the difference in volume. Coconut flour does not require any xanthan gum, so it is excellent for those who are sensitive to that additive.

Ingredients

  • Coconut flour
    1 cup fresh, grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon or orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Adding liquid to bread mixture

Instructions

  1. Place the coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl and stir with a fork.
  2. In a second bowl, beat the eggs, and add in the coconut milk, juice, vanilla and oil and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and beat until well mixed.
  4. Squeeze the water out of the zucchini with a paper towel and fluff gently with a fork.
  5. Fold the zucchini into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch loaf pan and place the pan in an oven heated to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Allow the bread to cool completely before removing from the pan.

Additions and Variations

The great thing about this recipe is its versatility. Different spices and other additions can give your bread its own unique taste. Experimentation can also help you come up with your own signature zucchini bread. Some spices you may consider include:

  • Cloves
  • Poppy seeds
  • Crystallized ginger
  • Nutmeg

You can also add a variety of additions to boost the complexity of your recipe. You may want to consider adding any of the following ingredients:

  • Chocolate chips (check the label to ensure they're gluten-free)
  • Applesauce
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Lemon zest (use in place of the juice)
  • Agave nectar
  • Shredded apple
  • Shredded carrot
  • Pineapple
  • Grated coconut
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Honey

As you can see, the variations are nearly endless. Bear in mind that you may need to adjust the liquid content of your recipe depending upon what you add; coconut flour tends to absorb excess liquid, so you may need to lower the amount of oil or eggs. Likewise, if you replace the brown sugar with honey or agave nectar, you will be adding extra liquid, so you will need to adjust the amount of other liquids to compensate.

You will also want to try and match the spices with your ingredients. For example, adding cloves, cinnamon and apples will lend a nice spicy flavor to your recipe.

Enjoy Your Efforts

Zucchini bread made with coconut flour is incredibly simple and easy to make, but will taste as if you've spent hours in the kitchen. Add this recipe to your regular rotation and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread Recipe