Apple Zucchini Bread is my best zucchini bread recipe with added spiced apples and baked with a crumb topping for a quick bread that will be quickly eaten! For another delicious treat with spiced apples, be sure to try my Apple Pull-Apart Bread.

Apple Zucchini Bread on Plate with Caramel Drizzle

Apple Zucchini Bread

Apple Zucchini Bread is a quick bread (no yeast as a leavening agent) that is a perfect summer-to-fall treat. This recipe is a great way to use up that summer zucchini, plus add in the apples that are in season in the fall! And, the crumb topping sweetens the bread just enough to make it a dessert or even a breakfast treat.

Apple Zucchini Bread Loaf on Cutting Board

Ingredients & Substitutions

Room Temperature Ingredients: Room temperature ingredients are important here to prevent lumps. It takes 15-30 minutes for the butter to get to room temperature.

If you forgot to take out the butter, slice the butter into smaller pieces. Then, let it sit out for a couple of minutes. Or, place the stick of butter in a zipped plastic bag and flatten it out a bit with a rolling pin. This will allow the butter to come to room temperature in 1-2 minutes.

Apples: It is important to use tart apples in order to get that tang that contrasts well with the buttery topping in an apple zucchini bread. I recommend Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.

Zucchini: Also called courgette, zucchini is usually ready for harvesting close to the end of summer. It adds moisture to baked goods in a beautiful way.

Can I Use Apple Pie Filling?

I don’t recommend using apple pie filling in this recipe. Fresh-cut apples are best.

Raw batter for Zucchini Apple Bread and Adding Crumble

The Secret to Baking with Zucchini

Size matters. A large zucchini will be drier. A small zucchini with have more moisture. Certain recipes work best with different sizes. For instance, I tend to use a medium to small zucchini with this recipe because I want the moisture the zucchini brings, but I use a large zucchini for my Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes.

Use the fine side of your grater for smaller-sized shredded zucchini. If you use the larger side, the coarser pieces will have a slightly more noticeable flavor and texture in a finished cake or bread recipe.

Some recipes ask that the zucchini is pressed well with a clean towel to soak up excess moisture or to prevent your baking from getting too soggy. Pay close attention to the recipe that you are making with zucchini as the level of moisture they provide is important. For instance, in this recipe, the zucchini is a key source of moisture and should not be aggressively drained.

Apple Zucchini Bread Cut into Slices from Loaf

How to Make Apple Zucchini Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare your 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan by spraying it with a non-stick spray. You can also use the butter and flour method to grease your dish. No one wants their bread to be stuck to the pan!
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the zucchini. You will add that last, along with the apple mixture. The blend will be thick, but once you add the zucchini and apples, the mixture will thin out and be easier to pour into your loaf pan.
  3. After every ingredient is mixed together, pour it into the pan and make the crumble topping.
  4. To make the crumble topping, use a food processor, fork, or your hands (I prefer clean hands). Combine the cold butter, flour, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Make sure the butter is broken down and no larger than a pea when you are done.
  5. Top the bread mixture with the crumb topping and cook for 65-75 minutes. The outside of the bread should be dark brown, and when you insert a toothpick, it should come out with a few crumbs on it, but not wet batter. If you notice that the outside is getting too brown before it has finished baking, add a foil tent over the top of the dish for the final 10-15 minutes.
  6. Let the bread slightly cool before cutting and serving.

Quick Apple Zucchini Bread on Cutting Board

How to Store Apple Zucchini Bread

I prefer to store this quick bread in an airtight container at room temp for one day, then transfer it to the fridge for up to 5 days. The refrigerator can dry out baked goods, so warming before eating again is a good idea.

How to Freeze This Bread

To freeze this bread make sure it is completely cool. Place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe sealable plastic bag and remove as much air as possible. be sure to label and date. It will last 3 months in the freezer.

Before you are ready to serve, thaw the bread on the counter for a few hours.

Two Pieces Apple Zucchini Bread on a Plate Drizzled with Caramel

Can I Use a Different Size Pan?

I use a 9x5inch pan for this recipe with great success. Some folks mentioned their pan was full to the top and then overflowed. As you can see in the image above there should be at least 1-inch of room at the top of the pan. If the pan is full to the top I recommend switching to a 9×9 inch pan.

You can also use a 9×13 inch pan, but it will bake for less time and I would call it a “cake” to avoid confusion.

Apple Zucchini Bread

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Apple Zucchini Bread is zucchini bread with added spiced apples and baked with a crumb topping for a quick bread that will be quickly eaten!

Ingredients

Apple Mixture

  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ¼ cup (50g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Zucchini Bread

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (220g) light brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (164g) vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups grated zucchini, gently pressed to remove excess moisture

Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter
  • ¾ cup (94g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (42g) confectioners' sugar

Instructions

Apple Mixture

  • In a medium bowl, combine the apples, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Apple Zucchini Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or the butter and flour method.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the zucchini. You will add that last, along with the apple mixture. The blend will be thick, but once you add the zucchini and apples, the mixture will thin out and be easier to pour into your loaf pan.
  • Add the zucchini and apple mixture.
  • After every ingredient is mixed together, pour it into the pan and make the crumble topping.
  • To make the crumble topping, use a food processor, fork, or your hands (I prefer clean hands). Combine the cold butter, flour, and confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Make sure the butter is broken down and no larger than a pea when you are done.
  • Top the bread mixture with the crumb topping and cook for 65-75 minutes. The outside of the bread should be dark brown, and when you insert a toothpick, it should come out with a few crumbs on it, but not wet batter. If you notice that the outside is getting too brown before it has finished baking, add a foil tent over the top of the dish for the final 10-15 minutes.
  • Let the bread slightly cool before cutting and serving.

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Reader Comments

  1. Sad. I made this and it spilled all over my oven. Fortunately I had a liner down. I baked it the full 65 minutes and the toothpick came out clean…but it was raw in the middle. I used the same size pan as recommended. I did use zucchini that I had previously frozen – drained. Any idea what went wrong?

  2. Are you sure you mean 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan? I used a 9 x 5 and it was filled to the brim, and even with extra time the middle was still not completely done. What a mess to get out of the pan! But it was still delicious – I think I would make it again with two pans, or in a flatter baking dish.

    1. We actually measure the pans by hand so yes, that is the pan used in this recipe. However, a batter shouldn’t fill a pan to the brim, that will mean spilling and a big mess.

  3. My first batch I used the pan size in the recipe it spilled all over the oven. The second batch I used a 9 x 9 which worked out perfectly. Very tasty!!

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