Zucchini pineapple bread is so amazing!! The best way to make zucchini bread super moist and brings in a great sweetness naturally with added pineapple.
It had been a long time since I made zucchini bread but when summer arrives we have a lot of zucchini in our garden and the more great recipes the better. For years I made it like everyone else out of the “red cookbook” but then changed it to this zucchini pineapple bread, it’s pretty amazing! (originally published 5/16)
Pineapple Zucchini Bread Recipe
It had been a long time since I made moist zucchini bread but when summer arrives we have a lot in our vegetable garden. The more you grow, the more great recipes you can make each season. Yes you can buy them in the store too.
It’s a rather cheap vegetable if you need to purchase a few, and full of water. The biggest secret to the best zucchini bread is making sure you absorb a lot of that moisture. It will weigh it down and thin out the batter. I will show you how to do that below.
Zucchini Bread with Pineapple
Why I include pineapple is that you can use less oil, it brings an added sweetness, and makes it more moist too. I guess I just also love all the island flavors too because I was born in Hawaii and it was everywhere. Of course diced from fresh is OH so good but canned is just easier.
Use the tidbits from the can or you can chop up larger pieces into about that size. I’ve modified this recipe several times throughout the year but this one is just spot on and haven’t altered it since.
If you have an ample amount of zucchini or are looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into your or your child’s diet this is a great recipe for you. Here’s why we love it and how to make it.
One Loaf Zucchini Pineapple Bread
Just cut recipe in half if you just want one. You will need about one zucchini and about a half of a cup of crushed pineapple. If you have a fresh pineapple that is great, if not a can of pineapple tidbits will do, that is typically what I use. Because of the added fruit it won’t rise quite as much as a traditional loaf, it will look like you see above.
This makes two loaf pans so I usually keep one and freeze one. Once defrosted for the second loaf it tastes just as moist as when it was just baked. Enjoy. There’s a video below showing you how I make it, I suggest you watch that first.
Dairy Free Zucchini Pineapple Bread
- Large bowl for wet and small for flour mixture
- Zucchini – if you grow some in your garden this is a great way to use it
- shredded and paper towels to absorb liquid
- Flour – this is how to measure flour properly
- Brown sugar
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Applesauce – makes it moister
- Pineapple – I use pineapple tidbits without pineapple juice in a can
- Almond extract – optional but we love the addition
- Chopped walnuts are optional
If you are only making one loaf, divide batter in half and just make one. It does freeze well though if you want to save one for later.
Homemade Zucchini Pineapple Bread
Add all wet ingredients: eggs, sugars, and oil in 1 bowl and mix on low or by hand. Add all dry ingredients into a different bowl, stir, then combine slowly together with the wet.
Use a grater to shred your zucchini. Place a few paper towels folded up under the shredder. Then fold zucchini up inside and gently press down with hands to remove excess water.
Gently fold in your shredded zucchini and pineapple tidbits into your batter. Now preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 loaf pans with non stick spray or lay a piece of parchment paper inside. Pour mixture in (half full) or fill muffin pan with papers inside 3/4 full each.
- Time to bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until golden brown on top. (ovens vary so check at 45 minutes and cook longer if needed).
- When toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with some crumbs attached it is done. (don’t want to over bake)
- Muffins take approx. 18 – 20 minutes or until tops are lightly browned and bounce back when touched lightly in center.
- This is how long to bake mini muffins which are really fun sizes too.
How do You Store Leftover Zucchini Bread
You are going to have to allow this to completely cool in pans. Best to place on wire racks to cool, then remove and slice. This may take 30 minutes for loaves but is an important step to come to room temperature and continue to cook yet stay moist. If you don’t eat it all remember to only slice what you’re going to eat.
It will stay moist longer if kept in one larger piece. Slide what you have left into a freezer bag and suck all of the air out of it. That is important, air is the enemy. For best results keep on the countertop for a few days and cut when you’re ready to enjoy again. To stay fresh longer put into the fridge but that will dry it out easier.
- Our pumpkin zucchini muffins get raving reviews from everyone too so you should give them a try next.
What to Make with A Lot of Zucchini
- If you haven’t tried a batch of tempura batter salt n pepper zucchini chip you’re missing out!
- We love zucchini blueberry muffins and apple zucchini muffins for sure.
- Our latest creation of air fryer zucchini chips are probably our favorite snacks.
- For something sweet, throw together our cherry pineapple dump cake for dessert too.
The pineapple gives it an incredible flavor as well as making it super moist, just make sure you do NOT overcook it because the moisture will disappear. Remember it will cook a bit longer once you take it out of the oven and leave it in the pan to cool. Cut and serve warm!
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Zucchini Pineapple Bread
- 3 c all purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 c brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 c sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 c zucchini shredded finely
- 1/4 c oil
- 8 oz pineapple tidbits or crushed, drained without juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 c applesauce
- 1/2 tsp almond extract optional, we like it
- Add all wet ingredients: eggs, sugars, spices and oil in 1 bowl and mix on low or by hand.
- Add all dry ingredients in a different bowl, stir, then combine slowly together together in with the wet. Put a few paper towels under a shredder and shred zucchini, then fold up paper towels and gently press down to remove excess water. Gently fold into batter with pineapple tidbits.
- Spray 2 loaf pans well with non stick spray. Pour mixture in (half full) and cook at 350 degrees for 50 min or until golden brown on top. (ovens vary so check at 45 minutes and cook longer if needed). Do not overbake, toothpick inserted should come out mostly clean with some crumbs.
- Muffins take approx. 18 min. or until tops are lightly browned and bounce back when touched lightly in center. Allow to sit in loaf pans on cooling rack when taken out to finish cooking and cooled before slicing. Do NOT overcook.
Saturday 2nd of October 2021
I can’t wait to try this, but how much zucchini Do you use? I have all sizes of zucchini.
The Typical Mom
Monday 4th of October 2021
I like to use medium all the time so they aren't as full of water and a bit firmer
Tuesday 28th of September 2021
I followed the ingredient list adding the cinnamon and allspice to the wet ingredients which made the batter much darker than yours and completely over powered the pineapple and almond flavour. Next time,I will leave those two spices out. The cake was very moist and I will definitely try it again.
Thursday 29th of July 2021
Can I use yellow squash instead of zucchini?
The Typical Mom
Friday 30th of July 2021
I haven't tried that but I imagine it would work
Thursday 1st of July 2021
I make a lot of zucchini bread for my family. This is the best zucchini bread I have ever made. I half to watch my sugar but a small piece was out of this world.
The Typical Mom
Monday 5th of July 2021
OH I'm so glad you loved it too
Tuesday 8th of December 2020
Made this bread today and it turned out soooooooo good!!! I've never seen a recipe with the almond extract added so I was curious how it would turn out but it was just wonderful!! Great recipe!!!
The Typical Mom
Wednesday 9th of December 2020