This Gluten-Free Olive Oil Zucchini Bread is a fresh take on the classic zucchini bread. Made with olive oil, packed with zucchini, and flavored with a hint of cinnamon, it is light, not overly sweet, and fabulously moist, soft & fluffy! Super simple recipe comes together in 15 minutes, then bakes to perfection.
Gluten-Free Olive Oil Zucchini Bread
An easy recipe for the tastiest Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread!
It’s zucchini season and we’re here for it with a New Gluten-Free Olive Oil Zucchini Bread recipe!
It is a fresh take on the classic zucchini bread.
It is light, not too sweet and packed with zucchini! It has an amazing moist, soft and fluffy texture and great flavor with a hint of cinnamon.
It is a super simple recipe with the batter coming together in about 15 minutes, then it bakes to perfection.
Compared to our Gluten-Free Classic Zucchini Bread Recipe, which is a family recipe we also adore, the Olive Oil Zucchini Bread is a bit lighter, using less oil, slightly less sugar and a bit more zucchini; and it makes 1 loaf instead of 2.
How to make the Gluten-Free Olive Oil Zucchini Bread
It’s a super quick recipe to assemble! It comes together in 4 simple steps and takes about 15 minutes.
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Step By Step Gluten-Free Olive Oil Zucchini Bread
The first thing to do is grate the zucchini.
The recipe requires 1 1/2 cups, which is about one large or 2 smaller zucchini. And I like to shred it with a simple box grater and let it sit in a colander and drain any excess water while I gather the rest of the ingredients and start mixing it all together.
Pro Tip: I leave the skin on, but you could peel if it you prefer hidden veggie bread or have some in your house who don’t want to see any green.
Then the batter comes together in 4 simple steps:
Combine the dry ingredients together using a pastry cutter, fork or whisk. Pro tip: don’t skip this step, it not only combines the dry ingredients but helps give great texture by making the ingredients finer.
In a large bowl, mix the egg, olive oil, sugar and vanilla. Pro tip: I like to mix the egg on its own first.
Then add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. The batter will be thick.
Lastly, mix in the zucchini, then nuts (if you’re using) and chocolate chips.
Then simply spoon the batter into a prepared loaf pan (I use a 9 inch pan for this recipe) and spread evenly.
If not topping with chocolate chips, I like to oil and flour the pan using olive oil.
If using chocolate chips on top, I like to line the loaf pan with parchment paper so that it is easy to life out without smudging any of the chocolate chips.
Importantly, after removing from the oven, let the bread cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes. The pan will be quite hot and the bread continues to bake and set.
Then let cool completely on a wire rack and slice into it!
Just a side note, if you add walnuts and extra cinnamon as I did in the loaf on the right, the bread will look darker and you will see less of the zucchini.
But whether you use walnuts or chips or neither, the bread has an amazing texture!
It is super moist, and soft and fluffy!
And it has the best flavor — not too sweet and a hint of cinnamon that is so delicious!
A thick slice is perfect as part of breakfast, snack or dessert!
I store quick breads by wrapping them in wax paper, then foil. Leave out at room temperature for 1-2 days or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
It freezes well for up to 3 months. I like to slice before freezing sometimes so that then I can take out one piece at a time whenever we want.
This Gluten-Free Olive Oil Zucchini Bread is a fresh take on the classic zucchini bread. Made with olive oil, packed with zucchini, and flavored with a hint of cinnamon, it is light, not overly sweet, and fabulously moist, soft & fluffy. Super simple recipe comes together in 15 minutes, then bakes to perfection!
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr
Course: Snack, Breads and Muffins, Quick Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, and oil and flour a 9 inch loaf pan using olive oil. (alternatively you can line the pan with parchment paper *). Set aside.
If you haven't grated your zucchini, do that first, then place in a strainer so it can drain water.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and combine with a pastry cutter or fork. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, add egg and mix so that it is lightly beaten. Add sugar, olive oil and vanilla and mix until combined and smooth, about 1 minute. It will be a thick golden color.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine, scraping down the sides as needed. The batter will be thick at this point.
Using your hand or a towel gently squeeze the zucchini in the colander to remove any excess water. Then add grated and drained zucchini to the batter and mix to combine, scraping down the sides as needed.
Stir in nuts and chocolate chips if using.
Batter will be thick. Use a spatula to spoon into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips if using.
Bake for 45 minutes total or until a wooden toothpick comes our clean: bake 37-40 minutes uncovered, then if the top is golden but center not done, cover loosely with foil and bake the additional 5-8 minutes.
Let cool in the loaf pan for 30 minutes. Then remove from pan and continue cooling on a wire baking rack. Serve and enjoy!
*Instead of oil and flour to prepare the pan, parchment paper works great if you are adding chocolate chips on top of the bread and don't want to smudge any of the chocolate chips when taking it out of the pan.*Storing -- I store quick breads by wrapping them in wax paper, then foil. Leave out at room temperature for 1-2 days or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.*Freezes well for up to 3 months. I like to slice before freezing sometimes so that then I can take out one piece at a time whenever we want.
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