Healthy Zucchini Bread (Dairy-Free)
There's just nothing like a slice of warm zucchini bread with butter melting into it. And, with our recipe, you'll be able to whip up nutritious, dairy-free loaf in no time. So grab your apron and your mixing bowls, and have that (dairy-free) butter standing by. It's time to dive into a zucchini bread recipe that will have your friends and family hollering for more!
What Is a Quick Bread?
Zucchini bread loaf is a type of quick bread, and knowing what you're making can help you bake it to perfection.
Quick breads are simply breads that are leavened ("rise") using either baking powder or baking soda as opposed to yeast. Because they don't have yeast as an ingredient, they don't require rising time.
There are many different types of quick breads out there. For instance, biscuits, muffins, and loaf breads all fall into this category. However, there are plenty of other breads such as soda bread, coffee cake, or yeastless naan that also count as quick breads.
Easy to Make, Easy to Eat
So, now that you know what a quick bread is, let's talk about why our zucchini bread is such a great treat to whip up.
For one, this recipe is extremely easy to make. As mentioned before, quick breads don't require additional rising time. That means that you can start and finish your zucchini bread recipe in less than half the time it would take you to make yeast bread!
Better yet, this recipe can be enjoyed any time of day. Don't just serve it for breakfast! Make it ahead for a brunch spread, toast a slice with your afternoon cup of tea, serve it as an after school snack (try some peanut butter on top!), or jazz it up with whipped cream or ice cream for a tasty dessert.
Bonus time: this soy-free recipe is a great way to use up all that summer squash in your garden or farm box! It's a sweet, delicious and creative way to make something out of all that of squash that you have lying around. (If you need some other ideas, try our Yellow Squash Curry or freezing raw squash cubes to use in our Smoothie Recipes.)
Healthy and Allergy-Friendly
Another benefit of this spectacular zucchini bread recipe is that you can make it as healthy as you want. And, you can switch out ingredients to make sure that it's allergy-friendly!
Using JOI instead of oil eliminates unhealthy fats from the recipe, while adding an extra boost of healthy fats, protein and fiber. And, we're using less coconut sugar and boosting the sweetness factor with an unrefined sweetener such as honey.
If you want to make the bread gluten-free, you can switch out the flour for gluten-free flour. Do this at a 1:1 ratio or follow the package instructions.
This recipe is pretty forgiving, so you can also play around with the flour. Swap out part of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat, rye, teff or spelt to subtly alter the flavor profile.
Plus, because we are using JOI milk as well, you know you're getting a clean milk alternative...no gums, fillers, or other products junking up your batter!
How to Make the Zucchini Bread
This spectacular recipe yields about 9 slices. Let's take a look at what you'll need to do in order to make a batch of this tasty zucchini bread.
The first step is to gather your ingredients. To make this recipe, you'll need:
- 2 cups finely grated zucchini (green, yellow or other summer squash)
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- ½ cup JOI plant base (cashew or almond)
- ½ cup prepared JOI milk (almond, cashew, creamer or oat)
- ¼ cup honey (or sweetener of choice, such as agave, date syrup, maple syrup)
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (we like Origin vanilla!)
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (or feel free to replace up to ½ cup of the total measure with whole wheat flour)
- ⅔ cup coconut sugar (or substitute cane sugar or brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
Now that you have your ingredients, let's get started!
So, with your ingredients on hand, it's time to get to work. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
From there, line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper, letting the parchment paper hang over the sides to make a sling. Additionally, spray the inside of the pan with non-stick spray or rub with coconut oil.
Grate zucchini with a box grater or a grater attachment on a food processor and spread out on paper towels. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the salt over shredded zucchini to draw out the water and let sit for 15 minutes or so. Pat dry.
Place JOI plant base (not the prepared milk) in a microwave-proof container (such as a glass 4 cup measuring cup) and microwave for 30 seconds. Then, whisk in honey, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine flour, coconut sugar, remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, and baking soda.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, add the prepared JOI milk and stir together all ingredients just until the batter begins to come together. Fold in the grated zucchini and lemon zest just until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick when inserted in comes out clean.
Let cool to room temperature and remove from the pan before slicing. Then, serve up your delicious creation and enjoy!
Mix It Up to Your Preference
Now that you know how to make the recipe, we wanted to give you a few pro-tips for making the perfect zucchini bread, styled by you.
For one, you can choose to make muffins using the zucchini bread batter instead of a loaf. This reduces the cooking time and makes them easy to freeze if you have extras.
Also, you can play around with mix-ins. Add dairy-free chocolate chips or chopped nuts to make a truly delectable bread. Each bite you take will be packed with tasty and flavorful add-ins of your choice!
No lemon in your produce haul? No problem! Omit it or swap it out for a splash of almond extract or orange zest instead.
Create the Perfect Zucchini Bread (Dairy-Free)
With our zucchini bread recipe, you're ready to whip up a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert for the whole family. And, they'll be coming back for seconds in no time at all!
If you don't already have JOI stocked on your pantry shelf, pick some up from our site and satisfy all your dairy-free needs. Check out how else you can use JOI on our recipe blog, and power creamier dips, dressings, soups and sauces today!