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Toddler Approved Zucchini Bread by Ariana Dagan

Toddlers are infamous for being picky eaters, and veggies are number one on the picky eater checklist. If you have trouble getting your children (ahem, of all ages) to eat veggies, bread is a fantastic place to start, especially for toddlers who need up to 65% of their daily calories from carbs! Now zucchini bread is a daily snack and my daughter’s favorite meal of the day!

Handing my daughter any other form of zucchini, from shredded raw to cooked zoodles and everything in between, she will turn up her nose at it. Out of desperation really I started experimenting with making zucchini bread (after a zucchini explosion from my garden) until I settled on this combination which is equally moist and flaky like a cake to make my baby girl happy, but arguably more importantly, still make mama happy ingredient-wise.

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This recipe is so easy to adjust for allergies. Honey allergies? Use sugar. Egg allergy? Use applesauce or pumpkin for some delicious pumpkin zucchini flavor! Gluten allergy? Use your favorite GF flour! You can easily make simple adjustments to make this gluten-free or vegan! Here’s what you will need:


  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 2+ cups once shredded)
  • 1/2 cup honey OR 1 cup sugar 
  • 1.5 cup choice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water *reduce by half if using applesauce or pumpkin
  • 2 eggs OR 1/2 cup applesauce OR 1/2 cup pumpkin for 
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • Optional: 1 TBSP cinnamon and/or 1 TSP lemon juice
  • Add additional sugar or honey if you prefer it sweeter

Zucchini Bread Instructions:

Simply mix all of the ingredients together, add to a parchment-lined loaf pan. The parchment isn’t absolutely necessary but I prefer it for easy cleanup. You could also use a silicone loaf pan. I haven’t used one for this recipe yet, but I LOVE the silicone pans for other things!

Bake at 300 degrees for approximately an hour. I start checking after 40 minutes. My oven takes about 55 minutes, yours may differ depending on how accurate the temperature is and your elevation! When a toothpick comes out clean, you’re done! Leave on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before pulling out of the pan. You may be tempted to crank up the heat to speed things up, but I find the bread comes out far more consistent and even baked at a lower temperature for longer!

Your loaf should last 3 days on the counter, one week in a sealed container in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer*.

*Freezing Instructions:

I wait until the loaf is cool, cut in half, wrap in the parchment paper and put it into a ziplock bag with air taken out (speaking of silicone, I recently converted to silicone reusable bags and they are amazing – goodbye plastic!). I unfreeze half a loaf at a time because it will dry out much quicker after freezing. To thaw, place the frozen loaf on a baking tray, bake at 375 for 5 minutes. Store in a container in the fridge should last 2-3 days.

Toddler Approved Zucchini Bread By Ariana Dagan

Enjoy your toddler approved zucchini bread! My daughter is ADDICTED (ok, so am I)! Let me know if you’ve tried this!

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About Ariana Dagan

Welcome! I live in Northern California with my husband, our toddler, and two dogs. I'm a writer, illustrator, and creative mentor. I'm on a mission to create a culture of happier, thriving creators! I help calm the chaos so you can reclaim your time, rediscover your identity, and reach new levels of success in your endeavors. This site is a place to find value in your voice and strength to become the best version of yourself so you can go from simply existing day-to-day to LIVING ON PURPOSE.


  1. Thank you for all the alternatives so I can make the Vegan version ♥ looks really yummy!

  2. I’ve always loved to bake but now that I have a toddler, I am always looking for foods without as much sugar. He loves all muffins, breads, etc. I tried these today using egg and honey and made muffins rather than bread. My son, husband and I all really liked them. Thank you!

  3. I love zucchini and I love bread…I wonder if I’d like this? My brain can’t quite wrap around the two together lol.

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  4. Will definitely be making this. I really hope to grow some zucchini this summer!

  5. Yum! we love zucchini muffins for breakfast! I like to think my kiddos are starting the day off with veggies 🙂

  6. This sounds yummy! I will have to try it today with my 3 year old. He is in the picky eater stage, but loves banana bread. Hopefully he will love zucchini bread as well!

  7. I love zucchini bread and if a little one loves I then it must be goomthanks 4 sharing
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  8. Any quick bread is my favorite!! Especially Zucchini (and pineapple mixed in)!!

    1. Oh sounds amazing! I’m allergic to pineapple but omg I love the taste! Haha ? enjoy!

  9. I love the look and sound of this zucchini bread, and the fact that it is toddler approved! Ha ha!
    That said, I would like a bite of this bread myself – it looks so very delicious! 🙂

    1. Haha thanks! I make it every week and my whole family gobbles it up- even my husband who “doesn’t like zucchini”!

  10. Ariana this sounds delicious and it’s great that you’ve already given vegan options to make it so I have no excuse not to try it as ASAP! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

    1. Yay! Hope you like it as much as we do!

  11. This sounds delicious! It’s been forever since I’ve made bread. I’ll have to try this!

    1. Let me know how you like it! I love that it takes 5 minutes to prep and my daughter GOBBLES it up! It’s a weekly tradition now!

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