Looking for ways to use up that summer garden zucchini? Today I'm sharing 21 zucchini baking recipes that are easy to prepare at home with simple pantry ingredients.
Summer is here, and what does that mean? Zucchini season! If you have a home garden, or know someone who does, you know that zucchini is plentiful this time of year. It is easy to grow (even for a beginner gardener) and produces quickly.
So today I'm here to share with you 21 easy and delicious zucchini baking recipes. We're talking zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, and even zucchini cookies! From savory to sweet, you'll find a bit of everything on this list.
Looking for even more ways to use up that zucchini? Check out my list of flavorful zucchini side dish recipes.
Why is zucchini good for baking?
Zucchini has a mild flavor, which means it doesn't add a 'vegetable' taste to your bread, muffins, or brownies. It pairs well with many ingredients, like chocolate, cinnamon, lemon, garlic, and cheddar.
So why add zucchini to your baked goods? Zucchini is low in calories, nutritious, and has a high water content. It helps add structure, moisture, and texture to your baked goods without the extra calories. It's much like baking with bananas and applesauce - by using fruits and veggies, you can reduce other ingredients like eggs, butter, sugar, and oil.
When shredded and baked into a bread, for example, zucchini melts in seamlessly, making it nearly undetectable (other than a few green flecks).
Do you need to peel zucchini?
This depends on the recipe, but generally, no. You don't need to peel your zucchini before baking into a bread, cake, muffin, or brownie.
The skin of a zucchini is perfectly edible and soft, and incorporates easily into your baked goods. It also contains a higher concentration of antioxidants and nutrients compared to the flesh inside.
Zucchini baking recipes
Without further ado, here are 21 easy and delicious zucchini baking recipes. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!