Pineapple Zucchini Bread

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This Pineapple Zucchini Bread is a quick loaf recipe that’s a little bit different.  Watch the video showing you how to make this Pineapple Zucchini Bread, then scroll to the bottom of this post to print out the recipe so you can make it at home.

Pineapple Zucchini Bread cut into slices

Every time I go to the store (which is pretty much every other day), I buy a large bunch of bananas.  The thought is that we’ll eat them, naturally.  But in reality, 3 of the 6 bananas end up becoming brown-spotted.

One hint of brown on a banana, and no one in my family is going to eat it, so I end up using those browned bananas in banana bread or muffins.  Or I mash them up and store them in the freezer for later use.  Storing that mashed banana in the freezer, by the way, is a great tip.  It looks kind of brown and yucky… but it still keeps well and works perfectly in banana bread recipes.

As fabulous as it is, one can only eat so much banana bread.  So today’s post is focused on trying something new.  I still have bananas on my counter becoming perfectly over-ripened, but I opted to make a Pineapple Zucchini Bread instead.

Loaf of Pineapple Zucchini Bread

How to get your kids to try zucchini:

I must take a moment to note here that my 17-year old son absolutely HATES zucchini… with a passion.  When I put sauteed zucchini on his dinner plate, he protests greatly and has to hide it in his other food to get it down his throat.  The kid just does not like zucchini.

Do you have any tips for getting kids to eat zucchini?  He looks at it with quite a lot of disdain, and although I ask him to at least take a few bites of it during dinner… he doesn’t like it much at all.

The kiddo watched me make this Pineapple Zucchini Bread with major skepticism.  To my surprise, he wanted to taste it the next morning.  HE LOVED IT!  My zucchini-hating son loved this zucchini bread.  I thought that was pretty cool.  In fact, the kid could not stop eating it.  Good thing the recipe makes two loaves.

Sliced Pineapple Zucchini Bread Loaf

In this recipe, I opted to grate the zucchini finely- rather than use the regular cheese-grater size grate.  I thought that worked well because you don’t seeing glaring green pieces in the slices.  Glaze was an option I considered, but really the bread is perfectly delicious on its own… especially when warmed slightly and smeared with real butter.

Set aside the ripe bananas and make this bread instead.  The kids might actually eat it!

Here are a few more recipes using zucchini that you might enjoy:

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5 from 7 votes

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

This is a delicious bread recipe to make with your summer zucchini!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16 slices (2 loaves)
Calories 224kcal
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, pineapple, pineapple zucchini bread, zucchini

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups shredded zucchini
  • One 8.5-ounce can crushed, unsweetened pineapple, in its own juice (drained)

Instructions

  • Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 8x4-inch loaf pans with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, oil, sugars, and vanilla. Stir in the zucchini and pineapple. Then stir in the dry ingredients, a little at a time, just until the batter is moistened and incorporated. Don't over-mix.
  • Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until the edges pull away slightly from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pans for at least 20 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely. This bread will keep well at room temperature for up to three days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  • YVETTE wrote:

    Zuchinni aren’t the problem. It’s the huge marrows they turn into mysteriously overnight for which I want to find a use. Any idea if this recipe works using these instead?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not familiar with that, sorry!

  • Nancy Ruby wrote:

    Approx how many zucchini does it take for 2 1/2 cups

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      3 to 4 medium

  • Janelle wrote:

    Can I use fresh cut up pineapple? I happen to have a couple left from a party that we didn’t use. 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’d say that might be okay, as long as it’s juicy and you cut it up rather finely.

  • Stephanie wrote:

    I am growing yellow zucchini. Will there be a difference? Wouldn’t seem like it.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Interesting- I’ve never thought to try yellow zucchini! I have no idea. But if you try it, please do let me know!

  • Natalie wrote:

    Pineapple and zucchini sounds like such a great combination – I never thought of combining these two! Looks delicious!

  • Kathy Sammons wrote:

    Does anyone know if this zucchini pineapple bread will freeze well? For how long?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It should be fine- just wrap it well. It should defrost fine- maybe freeze no more than about 4 weeks.

  • Laura in Texas wrote:

    Made this bread this afternoon and it was Awesome! Family of four devoured one loaf tonight for dessert 🙂 Thanks!!

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    This loaf looks perfectly done! I’ve had zucchini bread before but not with pineapple 🙂 fantastic recipe!

  • Naz wrote:

    Hi there lori, thankyou so much for such a wonderful recipe, you want to eat the bread right out of your screen, it looks too good! just wanted to know if there is anything that would substitute the applesauce… ??

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      oil… as I was trying to cut down on the fat with the applesauce addition.

  • patty bryant wrote:

    You don’t have to mash your over ripe bananas…just put them right in the freezer as it!!

  • Debbie wrote:

    Can I substitute whole wheat flour in zucchini pineapple bread?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried it- but I’d start w/ trying 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose. That usually works out well.

  • stacey wrote:

    just wondering, do you squeeze all the excess water our of the zucchini before adding, or just add as is?? i have recipes that do it both ways, so i am unsure. but this really looks FANTASTIC!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      no need to do that in this one!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog wrote:

    I’m always over zealous when I buy bananas. I have such good intentions, but then they turn brown. You’d think I’d learn by now that we’ll never eat all of the bananas. I end up freezing them for smoothies and mashing them into baked goods.I love the addition of pineapple in this recipe.

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    What a fabulous loaf!! Can practically taste it’s deliciousness!

  • Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) wrote:

    My son won’t touch zucchini but he’ll happily wolf down any kind of bread, even zucchini bread. He also loves pineapple so I think this would definitely be a winner!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen wrote:

    I’ve made a pineapple banana bread before and it was one of my favorite flavors of bb. I have heard such great things about zucchini bread, I must try it! And its a veggie so this is super healthy bread, right? LOL

  • chacha wrote:

    OK I made the last 2 zucc. breads w/coc. turned out AWESOME. I gave a couple slices of each to friends and they said its the best they have tasted in a LONG time and its better than their recipe. Im going to make these up for ST. PATTY DAY as mini cupcakes with green icing. Im also thinking for Easter to do the same with cotton candy around them and mini eggs. Again TKS for a great recipe.

  • cheri wrote:

    This must be a pretty moist bread with the pineapple and the zucchini. love this combination. will have to try.

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. wrote:

    Your banana situation sounds a lot like mine, but it’s all good when you can make banana bred! I love the addition of pineapple too!

  • Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) wrote:

    This is going on my must try list!! Two of my favorite ingredients.