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Orange Zucchini Bread

This orange zucchini bread has an amazing citrus and vanilla flavor that no one can resist. I make this zucchini bread with applesauce, eggs, vegetable oil, and grated zucchini. This makes the bread spongy and super moist.

Orange Zucchini Bread

This is the best zucchini bread recipe, and anyone can easily make it from scratch. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends underrate baked goods with zucchini. To tell the truth, I was like them until I tried my mom’s zucchini bread.

It was amazing, full of flavor, lightly spiced, sweet, soft, and moist. After that day, I started adding zucchini to muffins, bread, pancakes, and cakes. Give this orange zucchini bread recipe a try – you won’t regret it!

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How To Make Orange Zucchini Bread Moist?

It is super easy to make this orange zucchini bread. Just follow the instructions below. Adding vegetable oil, applesauce, and grated zucchini will make your orange zucchini bread so moist.

How To Freeze Zucchini Bread?

You can freeze the whole bread or leftovers. Just bake the orange zucchini bread and let it cool completely before freezing.

I recommend freezing the whole bread without glaze. To freeze, wrap it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil in a double layer and place it in an airtight container or a ziplock bag.

Orange Zucchini Bread

Cooking tips:

  1. This orange zucchini bread is very versatile. You can customize it with your favorite fillings – dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, grated carrot, or spices. Don’t use more than ⅓ cup filling in total.
  2. Don’t squeeze the moisture from the zucchini. If you have super wet zucchini, you can pat them with a paper towel.
  3. Use freshly squeezed orange juice and freshly grated orange zest. It will lend a unique fresh citrus flavor to your bread.
  4. To remove the bread easily from the loaf pan, I recommend lining a greased pan with parchment paper, leaving some paper hanging on both sides.

Storing Leftovers

If you want to store leftover orange zucchini bread, you can wrap leftovers with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.

This way, you can store leftovers on the counter for up to three days. Then, if you still have leftovers, you can transfer them to the refrigerator.

Orange Zucchini Bread
Orange Zucchini Bread

Orange Zucchini Bread

Yield: Servings: 10 slices.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

1Even the pickiest of eaters will love this moist, citrusy Orange Zucchini Bread!


For the orange zucchini bread:

  • - 2 cups all-purpose flour;
  • - ¾ tsp baking powder;
  • - ½ tsp baking soda;
  • - ½ tsp salt;
  • - ½ tsp cinnamon;
  • - ¼ tsp nutmeg;
  • - 2 large eggs, at room temperature;
  • - 1 cup granulated sugar;
  • - ½ cup applesauce;
  • - ⅓ cup vegetable oil;
  • - zest from one orange;
  • - 1 tbsp orange juice;
  • - ½ tsp vanilla extract;
  • - 2 cups (1 medium) zucchini, grated;
  • - ⅓ cup raisins.

For the orange glaze:

  • - ½ cup powdered sugar;
  • - 2 tbsp orange juice;
  • - 1 tbsp orange zest.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Pour it into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined, and no lumps of flour remain. Then, add zucchini and raisins (I used a mix of raisins, chopped walnuts, and pumpkin seeds that had in my pantry).
  4. Grease a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Leave some paper hanging on both sides. It will help to remove the bread. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes or until ready. Check the readiness of the orange zucchini bread using a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out clean - the bread is ready.
  6. While the bread is baking, prepare the orange glaze. In a bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest.
  7. When the zucchini bread is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly (about 10 minutes). Then, remove the bread using the hanging paper.
  8. Evenly pour the orange glaze over the cake. Let the cake cool to room temperature. Then, slice and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 8.7gCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 4.3g

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Friday 12th of January 2024



Thursday 7th of September 2023

I made this and my family Loved it and wants more. I will definitely make this one again and I have told all my friends about this recipe.


Saturday 20th of August 2022

What size loaf pan?

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