Grandma’s Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

August 30, 2016

An easy zucchini bread recipe with dried cherries. 

As we’ve discussed – my grandmother recently visited. Before she came, she asked if she could bring anything. I told her to bring herself, but of course, she insisted on bringing something else. Because she’s a grandma, and that’s what grandmas do. So I told her to bring some zucchini. 

She brought me 4 large zucchinis – some made it into a big salad and the rest went into this bread. She also brought me a handwritten recipe card that looks to be about 40 years old with her zucchini recipe on it. #NeverThrowingThatAway 

It called for 3 cups of flour and 3 eggs. Of course, I didn’t realize we were out of eggs until I was halfway through measuring the last 2 cups of flour we had left. Doesn’t life always seem to work like that? 

So I had to get crafty. Luckily, our hens are good for something and I was able to find two fresh eggs in the coop. I wasn’t in the mood for grinding flour (read: sarcasm), so I adapted this recipe to fit what I had on hand, and I have to say, it turned out really really good. 

My grandma’s recipe called for raisins, but I used cherries. I loved the added tartness. Her recipe also called for walnuts, but I have a severe aversion to any sort of cake product with nuts in it. I am not sure who decided it would be a good idea to add nuts into a cake, but to whoever it was, thanks for ruining at least 23% of cake recipes. 

Yield: 1

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

An easy zucchini bread recipe with dried cherries. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Place cherries in a small bowl of hot water. Let sit.
  3. Peel 2-3 zucchinis, and shred... or use this really handy tool to chop. 
  4. Drain cherries, and roughly chop. Set Aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir to combine and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes. Stir in applesauce and oil. Add vanilla extract, cherries, and zucchini. Stir to combine. 
  7. Add dry ingredients, and stir until combined. 
  8. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for about 30 minutes. The bread is done with it peels away from the sides of the pan. 

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  1. I love zucchini bread! I always bought it from the store, but never considered making some myself! I will try this sometime! :)

  2. Oh my gosh, I 100% agree that adding nuts to baked goods is the WORST idea ever! You have this soft, moist cake or cookie and then the inevitable crunch happens. It’s all over for me then. LOL

  3. I looooooove that she brought you a handmade recipe card, that is so precious! But that zucchini bread looks delicious and like it would be the best way to start any day. Well, even ending the day too!

    Danielle | <3

  4. This piece brought back memories of my grandma’s zucchini bread! I love this! Many people don’t consider zucchini in dessert loaves, but it truly is yummy. Thanks for bringing back memories! <3

  5. This looks so good! I love the addition of the dried cherries. Perfect for all that extra zucchini in my garden! (And I am totally one of "those" that loves nuts in breads and cookies…mmm! Haha!)