Thursday, September 15, 2011

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread

I really like a slice for breakfast

Along with summer comes natures bounty. With summer ending, I'm trying to preserve some of that freshness to enjoy all winter long. This year my garden didn't give me many tomatoes. I had 7 chipmunks (trapped and relocated) living and tunneling through my garden. They ate their way through my tomatoes as fast as they would turn pink. And oh how they loved my berries! But, my zucchini was plentiful.  I'm always looking for ways to use them up! As I run through a list of possibilities in my head,  I'm reminded of the Forrest Gump movie and the shrimp possibilities...zucchini fritters, zucchini quiche, zucchini cakes, zucchini incorporated in the cheese filling of my stuffed shells, grilled zucchini and then there is zucchini bread! I remember when my kids were young, they were very picky about their veggies. Zucchini bread was something they always loved and, I would smile slyly as I cut them an extra slice.

My grandfather had a very large garden, and the thing I remember most was the huge quantity of tomatoes and peaches he would have at the end of  summer. Before the first frost, he would have all of us running around gathering as many of those tomatoes as we could. Then my grandmother and mom would be canning tomatoes and making sauce and putting it up for the winter.  I remember walking into the kitchen with both of them hard at work and the kitchen feeling like a sauna. Several pots of boiling water on the to drop the tomatoes into for a few minutes so the skins would easily come off, and one for the water bath. They would also be canning peaches and pears from our fruit trees.  Of course, there would always be a peach pie! Yum!
I don't do canning. I freeze, make jam, bake breads and pies that incorporate the this zucchini bread! I have several recipes for Zucchini Bread that I absolutely love. This one is healthy and delicious! Hope you have a few zucchini left over to give it a try! I found this recipe years ago in BHG.

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread


Nonstick cooking spray
1-1/2 cups sugar
2-1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup raisins


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside. Combine 1 tablespoon of the sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon; set aside. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and remaining cinnamon; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or until foamy. Add remaining sugar, the applesauce, butter, and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in zucchini, nuts, and raisins. Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture.

2.Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store several hours before slicing. Makes 16 slices.

Some of my beautiful zucchini

Grated zucchini

Batter for the bread...with nuts being stirred in

Ready for the oven
This bread is so delicious...and healthy


  1. I've seen a few posts on zucchini being used in cakes and breads. I am very curious to try it, though less curious to make it - need to overcome mental block:)

  2. Your zucchini bread looks your stories too!!

  3. I am definitely going to try this, Kathy - I think I have just enough Zucchini from my garden to make a loaf & I love breads with oats in them! And, I may need to borrow your Portmeirion napkin - LOL!

  4. Kathy-I just love reading your stories...makes me feel like I'm sitting there with you having a slice of your delicious, and healthy zucchini bread with cream cheese...yummm, and having a nice cup of coffee, or tea!
    Your zucchini bread is amazing, with your beautiful home grown zucchinis. Love that you added oats, and apple sauce. That's what makes is so moist; the butter is very minimal, which is so perfect. For me, I would have to use no more than 1 cup of sugar...even less. I'm for sure making my next zucchini bread with your recipe:DDD
    Thanks for're such a wonderful friend!

  5. This bread sounds so good! It looks so perfect and moist in the pictures too-- just what you want in a quick bread. I can't wait to try this!

  6. this recipe must be delicious..I never eaten a zucchini oatmeal bread!!! thanks for recipe...ciao Flavia

  7. OMG, the slices with the slathering of butter look so good!

  8. I love zucchini bread, and the addition of oatmeal makes it sound even better!

  9. Kathy, this bread is fantastic! I had problems with my tomatoes this year, namely the unpredictable weather patterns. I only harvested three! I was growing them in one of these topsy turvy contraptions, so maybe that was it. Your crop of zucchini looks lovely.

  10. Looks very tasty, I love zucchini bread and have not made it in a long time. Hmm.

    And I'm sorry to hear that those glutinous chipmunks were eating all your food. Reminds me of when I was a kid we always had a huge garden and EVERY year my father tried to plant strawberries and EVERY year the deer would eat them all. Much to my dismay at the time they had absolutely no interest in the rest of the vegetables (I kept hoping they would eat the eggplant) but they got those berries every time. My poor dad, he never gave up.

  11. I am going to try this, Kathy. It looks so good and I know John would love it. I will even try using my food processor to grate the zucchini. I usually grate by hand, but this looks so much easier. I enjoyed reading about your grandparents and canning. It brought back memories of canning with my mom. I hope you have a great weekend!

  12. I would love to try your recipe, so many many things I like about it- the oats, applesauce and a nice amount of zucchini ;-) Bring on the butter for this lovely homemade bread!

  13. We had an abundance of zucchini this year too! I will use this recpe with my frozen grated zucchini.Another good one to try is -Chocolate Zucchini Cake from " Joy of Gardening Cookbook" by Janet Ballantyne. Delicious moist cake and no one believes there is zucchini in it:)
    Have any recipes for Eggplant- we have an abundance of that too:)