10 Ways to Bake with Zucchini

Photo: Brooke McLay

The zucchini are here! In back yards, in farmers’ markets, at harvest fairs – enough to do a whole lotta baking. Fortunately, zucchini make great chocolate cakes, muffins, brownies and loaves – and if you do a lot of baking, you can freeze grated raw zucchini for use later on. (Freeze in 1 cup portions in zip-lock freezer bags for easy measuring.)

Fresh or frozen, here are ten great recipes to use up the best of the season.

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  • Zucchini Pound Cake 1 of 10
    Zucchini Pound Cake

    I wouldn't have considered a pound cake for my zucchini - but it's a wonderfully moist addition, and a dense, substantial alternative to the usual zucchini loaf.
    Sophistimom has the recipe!

  • Zucchini Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting 2 of 10
    Zucchini Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

    How adorable are these? Moist zucchini cupcakes (or muffins, if you leave them plain) topped with billowy white chocolate frosting. Perfect for fall parties!
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!

  • The Best Zucchini Bread 3 of 10
    The Best Zucchini Bread

    Everyone needs a classic zucchini bread in their repertoire. This one's a keeper.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake 4 of 10
    Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

    This cake receives raves from everyone who makes it - it turns out two moist loaves, so you can eat one right away and freeze the other for later!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Zucchini Bran Muffins 5 of 10
    Zucchini Bran Muffins

    Zucchini makes a wonderful addition to a classic bran muffin - and boosts nutrients and fiber, too!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 6 of 10
    Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

    Chocolate and zucchini make a divine brownie - why not a moist muffin? They're the perfect pairing first thing in the AM!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Nutella Swirl Zucchini Bread 7 of 10
    Nutella Swirl Zucchini Bread

    Chocolate and zucchini are a perfect pairing (in baked goods, anyway!) - so why not Nutella? The ribbon of chocolate-hazelnut in the middle of this loaf is a surprise when you cut into it!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread with Cinnamon & Dark Chocolate Chunks 8 of 10
    Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread with Cinnamon & Dark Chocolate Chunks

    This divine loaf is warmed with cinnamon and studded with dark chocolate - although the post walks you through everything you ever wanted to know about (or do with) a zucchini loaf!
    Simple Bites has the recipe!

  • Low fat Chocolate Zucchini Cake 9 of 10
    Low fat Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    You won't miss the fat, because zucchini adds moistness to this dense bundt cake. Add chocolate chips for a chocolate boost!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread 10 of 10
    Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    This double dark chocolate zucchini bread is double delicious - perfect with coffee or to pack in school lunches. It also makes a divine after school snack!
    Under the High Chair has the recipe!

 

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