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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread #BreadBakers

Time for the August #BreadBakers challenge! Special thanks to Pavani at Cook's Hideout for selecting this month's theme: Summer Bounty. Bakers were instructed to use fresh summer fruits, vegetables or herbs from our garden or the farmer's market to make any bread to share with the group. 

Excellent theme, Pavani! Thank you for such a great theme selection and for hosting this month's #BreadBakers!

Summer is in full swing. What better way to celebrate than a twist on Zucchini Bread? I grew up in a small Midwestern town where no one bothered to lock their car. The standard joke during zucchini season was that it was time to start locking your car. If not, your neighbors and friends would place their over abundant zucchini in your car when you weren't looking!

We adore zucchini at my house. Our favorite method of preparation is stuffing. Depending on our mood, we will opt for Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini or Meat-Rice-Tomato Stuffed Zucchini for a great summertime meal. This leaves the inside pulp of the zucchini that I really hate to waste by discarding.  Preparing Zucchini Oatmeal Bread is the perfect solution. We get a meal and a bonus sweet treat from our zucchini!

This bread is perfect for breakfast, snacking or with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. I am always 'heavy-handed' (a nickname one of my co-workers gave me a few jobs ago) with the spice. If you aren't as keen on cinnamon as I am, you may want to cut in half.  


  • 3 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups shredded zucchini (or pulp left from stuffing zucchini, chopped fine)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare two 9 x 5" loaf pans with baking spray.  
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt and mix until well blended.
  4. Combine eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, shredded zucchini and vanilla.
  5. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and combine until just blended.  
  6. Divide batter between the two loaf pans and bake 45 - 55 minutes or until wooden toothpick or skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. 
  7. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from loaf pans and cool completely.  


Take the time to browse through what these innovative #BreadBakers have developed to celebrate Summer Bounty. I am overly impressed with their creativity!
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to


Julie said...

Cali this bread looks so amazingly moist! I would just love a slice with my coffee this morning!

Stacy Rushton said...

That's a funny story about having to lock your cars up during zucchini season. In Texas they just leave them on your front porch and sneak away quietly. :) Your loaves look wonderful and I love the addition of the cinnamon.

Pam said...

Yum. I love zucchini bread - this looks moist and delicious.

Mayuri Patel said...

zucchini bread looks so good. Love to have it with a bit of sour cream. Yum.

grace said...

sigh. if i had any zucchini, i'd totally make this version of one of my favorite quick breads! unfortunately, as you may recall, our plants died, and also, i lock my car. :)

Unknown said...

I adore zucchini bread and yours looks so fabulous with all those warm fall spices!!

Unknown said...

This bread look very delicious.

Sarah R said...

This looks like a surefire winner here!

Cocoa and Lavender said...

That looks great - love the addition of oatmeal! And not wasting the pulp. 2 tablespoons of cinnamon is a lot, but I love cinnamon, so I would go for it,

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

Great idea using the pulp for your bread. Waste not, want not.

Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks said...

I love zucchini bread and yours looks so good! I love the story about locking the cars!

Unknown said...

I was one of those zucchini gift givers but never in anyone's car! Ha! Now I would just keep them and make this bread!

Kennedy Cole| KCole's Creative Corner said...

Oh I LOVE zucchini bread! And I love the delicious add in of oats! I will definitely be trying that sometime! Thanks for sharing this delicious bread, Cali!

Karen said...

My grandson would LOVE this bread! It looks delicious! Such a fun story!

Holly @ said...

One can never have enough recipes for zucchini!

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen said...

I so love zucchini bread, and that addtion of oatmeal sounds even more intriguing! What a lovely story!

Lavender and Lime ( said...

I love this loaf, and what a great group :)

Sneha's Recipe said...

Zucchini bread has an amazing color. perfectly baked.

Chef Mireille said...

that is a lot of cinnamon but I love the super soft texture!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I really love quick breads made with zucchini. They are so moist and delicious. This version with the oatmeal adds even more natural goodness!

Unknown said...

This bread looks wonderful, I'd love to have a slice as my afternoon snack right now. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Cali, nice combination of flavors here - I never did add cinnamon to my zucchini bread but I am quiet intrigued and I certainly enjoy the addition of oats to just about every baked good!
Have a nice weekend!

Unknown said...

Nice hearty bread and I can see toasting it for breakfast.

Pavani said...

Locking the cars for the fear of neighbor's excess zucchini is sooooo funny :-) I wish my zucchini plant finally gives me that 4th zucchini I've been waiting for the past 3 weeks.
Zucchini bread sounds very aromatic and delicious.

Sona said...

Zucchini oatmeal bread looks amazing.. Delicious and hearty bread..