An easy zucchini bread recipe with dried cherries. 

Grandma’s Easy Recipe

As we’ve discussed – my grandmother recently visited. Before she came, she asked if she could bring anything. I told her to just 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 zucchini bread recipe. She also brought me a handwritten recipe card that looks to be about 40 years old with her zucchini recipe on it. #NeverThrowingThatAway. There’s just something about homemade bread that is so comforting. I love different flavors like apple or pumpkin.

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? Luckily one of our hens had a busy morning and I was able to find some fresh eggs.

Zucchini Bread Ingredients


  • All purpose flour
  • Oatmeal
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Applesauce – Applesauce helps keep the bread moist and the perfect. fluffy texture
  • Cooking oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Shredded zucchini
  • Dried cherries – You can always use raisins or cranberries, too!
  • Optional: chopped walnuts

Tips For Zucchini Bread

My grandma’s recipe called for raisins, but I used cherries instead. I loved the added tartness. Her recipe also called for walnuts, but I chose to omit the walnuts. This zucchini bread recipe would be great with dried cranberries, too!

Serving Zucchini Bread

I love serving this bread toasted with unsalted butter and a drizzle of fresh honey – not exactly guilt free, but hey, at least there are some veggies in there, right?

The Recipe

Zucchini Bread

An easy zucchini bread recipe with dried cherries. 
Prep — 20 minutes
Cook — 30 minutes
Total — 50 minutes
Serves — 1


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Place cherries in a small bowl of hot water. Let sit.
  • Peel 2-3 zucchinis, and shred… or use this really handy tool to chop. 
  • Drain cherries, and roughly chop. Set Aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • 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. 
  • Add dry ingredients, and stir until combined. 
  • 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’ve been wanting to make some zucchini bread because I heard it’s so good! This recipe and the pictures look real nice :)

  2. 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!)

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

  7. Well this is a disappointment. Are you sure the amoun5 of flour is correct? Seems at least a half cup less than most recipes. Its been in the oven for 50 minutes and still liquid in the center.
    Made your chocolate chip cookie bars the other day, they were delicious.