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Grandma's Best Zucchini Bread Recipe
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Grandma's Best Zucchini Bread

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"This top-secret family recipe for spicy, moist bread uses dates for a delicious change from ordinary zucchini bread. We like to spread warm slices with softened cream cheese for an extra-special treat!"

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Original recipe makes 2 - 9x5 inch loaf pans Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 10 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pepper in a bowl until evenly combined; set aside.
  2. Beat the eggs, vanilla, sugar, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl until smooth. Fold in the flour, dates, and zucchini until no dry spots remain. Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
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  • Cook's Note
  • I've used brown sugar in this recipe with excellent results. I've also substituted 1 cup of flax flour for 1 of the cups of all-purpose flour with fantastic results. Remember that flax expands, so get out a couple extra loaf pans. Adding flax flour is a great way to increase your yield without increasing your time in the kitchen. You may also add nuts (pecans, walnuts, or pistachios) to the batter when you add the zucchini and dates, if desired.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 07, 2009

ok, so I found this place that has huge and cheap zucchini's and I decided to make a few different bread recipes. Delicious, especially with the dates...I am all about dates! The only thing I did different was to up the cinnamon and nutmeg...other than that, this is a gem :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 10, 2011

This is an acceptable, not remarkable, zucchini bread. It is not moist enough, and a little more spice wouldn’t hurt either, although I did like the addition of the dates. Most important, I’m disappointed with the loaf itself. While I should have known better than to continue on when the batter filled only about one-third of the pan, I should also have been able to rely on the pan size called for in the recipe. I want a loaf, not thick bars baked in a loaf pan. This was barely two inches tall! A word to the wise – either make a full recipe and make one, 9x5” loaf, or use smaller pans. Or make muffins. Or, since this bread was rather non-descript, choose one of the many, better zucchini bread recipes on this site. (And don’t make the same mistake I did – whatever size pan you choose to use, the pan should be 2/3 full with batter!) Note: If you still decide to try this recipe, add a teaspoon of salt.


16 Ratings

Sep 28, 2009

I added dried cranberries instead of dates, brown sugar instead of white, and 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup apple sauce instead of the oil, and whole wheat flour. Turned out fantastic and a healthy version of Grandma's! Loved the pepper!!

Aug 17, 2010

I was given a recipe by one of my co-workers who makes lovely zucchini bread. I took the recipe with me to the farmers market to get all of the ingredients and I lost the recipe in the store. I came on here to find a recipe that was similar to the one she gave me and this one most resembled the one I lost. This recipe was excellent. I added some coconut flakes and used real ginger because I had no ground ginger and it was great. This is a great recipe it wont let you down. P.S. If you have zucchini that has a lot of water be sure to squeeze the water out of it before adding it.

Aug 27, 2009

Didn't add dates and such, just a basic zucchini bread and it turned out great, I make it weekly using our garden's bounty. Tried another recipe on food network didn't come out nearly as good as this. I occasionally 1 cup of chocolate chips or butterscotch chips for a sweeter treat. Great recipe

Aug 19, 2010

Robert likes this. I like it either warm, fresh from the oven or cold from the fridge with margerine on it. I have made several versions of this eg plain substituted sugared cherries chopped and walnuts I also added the dates to one and ground up flax seed in the coffee grinder and added about 1/3 cup. nice flavor

Jul 19, 2012

This was really good and not too dry as other reviewers have suggested. I did not, however, drain my zucchini as others may have. I figured all that juicy goodness was just going to make the bread all that much better. The addition of the dates also adds moistness (and body) to the bread. The black pepper is BRILLIANT! Can't really tell it is there but there is a "little something" that makes it different. I made a second batch and used freshly grated ginger (quite a lot actually) and that really pushed the flavors over the edge. You can make this batter into large loafs, mini loafs or muffins. You could probably even do it as a cake (ala Carrot Cake) just fill whatever pans you are using 2/3 full and adjust the baking time accordingly. A keeper recipe for sure.

Feb 25, 2012

Dry but tasty-could have benefited from some applesauce or something to moisten it up.


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  • Calories
  • 225 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 73 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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