Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze will be one of the best quick breads you EVER make! Perfectly moist with two cups of zucchini hidden inside and bursting with fresh blueberries. The lemon glaze it the perfect finishing touch!

For more of the blueberry lemon combination try Blueberry Lemon Upside Down Cake or Blueberry Pie Muffin Bread with Lemon Glaze. The moist crumb and bright and fresh flavors in both recipes are incredible!

Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze that has been sliced.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze

We have enjoyed My Favorite Zucchini Bread over and over, and it is definitely a tried and true family favorite.  So, after experimenting with variations of it to keep it interesting, this Blueberry Zucchini Bread was created!  Every bite has the soft, moist texture we have all come to love and crave in our zucchini bread for breakfast, snacktime, or even as dessert. Then, add in the fresh burst of flavor from the blueberries and the sweet lemon glaze and it tastes SOOO GOOD!

Even though I love eating zucchini year round I love that it is in season right now.  It is easy to find everywhere and it tastes fresh and flavorful!  If you are one of the gardeners who have loads of zucchini growing in your garden then promise me you will make this bread! Or, if you don’t have a garden of your own, then go and buy some just so you can make this insanely delicious bread!

Ingredients for Blueberry Zucchini Bread:

The flavor combination these ingredients create is incredible. Not only does it hide two cups of zucchini in it, it is bursting with fresh blueberries. Then it gets a lemon glaze on the top. It was such an amazing bread I just couldn’t get enough of it!

  • Eggs: Binds the ingredients together and makes the bread rich and tender.
  • Vegetable oil: Makes the bread moist.
  • Vanilla extract: Brings out the other flavors and adds its own rich taste.
  • White sugar: Adds sweetness in the bread.
  • Zucchini: Finely shredded and dried between paper towels.
  • All-purpose flour: Gives structure to the bread and acts as a leavening agnt.
  • Salt: Just a pinch.
  • Baking powder: Causes the bread to rise.
  • Baking soda: Combines with the baking powder to help the bread to rise.
  • Blueberries: Fresh is best but thawed from frozen work too, just dry completely before mixing them in.

Lemon glaze:

  • Powdered sugar: Adds sweetness and blends perfectly for a smooth glaze.
  • Lemon juice: Add to taste!
  • Heavy whipping cream: Makes the glaze thick and creamy.

How to Make Blueberry Zucchini Bread from Scratch:

Blueberry Zucchini Bread is quick and easy to make.  It is a stress free recipe you will love right away.  Add to that the fact that it is filled with healthy zucchini and you have a new favorite recipe to try!

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 large loaf pans or 4 mini loaf pans. (I did 1 large loaf and 3 small.)
  2. Combine ingredients: In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gently fold in blueberries. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake: Place in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. TO make the lemon glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and heavy cream. Drizzle on top of cooled bread.

Steps to making Blueberry Zucchini Bread.

Pro Tips for the Best Blueberry Zucchini Bread:

Blueberry Zucchini bread bakes perfectly and comes out moist and soft. I have had a few quick bread recipe fails in my day so I always follow these tips when baking a zucchini bread.

  • Cover: Tent with foil the last 10 minutes of baking. Sometimes quick bread can start browning faster on the top and this is a great way to help it bake evenly.
  • Dry zucchini: Make sure you dry it well before adding it into the mixture.  Dry between paper towels and let it sit for about 5 minutes to make sure any excess moisture is out.
  • Non-stick: Use cooking spray or line your pan with parchment paper to make sure it doesn’t stick.
  • Fresh baking powder: Make sure your baking powder is fresh so that your bread doesn’t turn out too dense.
  • Remove seeds: For the best tasting bread, remove the seeds because they are bitter.
  • Toothpick test: Sticking a toothpick in the center of the bread is the best way to tell if your bread is done.  If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done.

Three loafs of Blueberry Zucchini Bread in the bread pan.

Storing Quick Bread:

This recipe makes quite a bit.  Actually, I was able to get one large loaf and three small ones from this recipe.  So, this bread is perfect for taking to your neighbors or friends for a treat.  You will quickly become popular with this recipe!

  • Room temperature: Store in a sealed container for 3-4 days.
  • Refrigerated: To keep for a few extra days, keep bread in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Freeze: Place in freezer safe packaging and your bread will remain tasty for up to a month.  Thaw and use within 2 days.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze that has been sliced.

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze

4.93 from 28 votes
Blueberry Zucchini Bread with a Lemon Glaze will be one of the best quick breads you EVER make! Perfectly moist with two cups of zucchini hidden inside and bursting with fresh blueberries. The lemon glaze it the perfect finishing touch!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients
  

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 large loaf pans or 4 mini loaf pans. (I did 1 large loaf and 3 small.)
  • In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gently fold in blueberries. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

TO make the lemon glaze:

  • Whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and heavy cream. Drizzle on top of cooled bread.

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Notes

Updated on September 2, 2020
Originally Posted on July 31, 2016

Nutrition

Serves: 12

Calories363kcal (18%)Carbohydrates78g (26%)Protein5g (10%)Fat4g (6%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol43mg (14%)Sodium236mg (10%)Potassium167mg (5%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar52g (58%)Vitamin A140IU (3%)Vitamin C8mg (10%)Calcium31mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This recipe was AMAZING but again, required a bit of tweaking, so that’s the only reason it lost a star. 1) I love lemon so I also added the zest of one lemon to the batter, was delicious and not overpowering. 2) Mine took about 30 mins more to bake than the recipe suggested, no big deal though, just kept checking it at 10 min increments. 3) I do recommend lining the bottom of the pan with parchment, even with that and greasing the sides it took a bit of effort to come out. 4) The glaze requires far more liquid than called for. At first when I put the 1 tbsp of juice and 1 tbsp of cream with the cup of powdered sugar, it was just a blob of glue on the end of my wisk. So I kept adding equal parts of juice and cream until the consistency got thin enough I could spoon/spread it onto the loaves. Probably ended up using about 2-2.5 tbsp each of both juice and cream. Ended up with the most beautiful, flavourful moist loaf. It’s like springtime in your mouth!

    1. I also added the zest of a medium lemon to the batter with more blueberries and used parchment on bottom of pans but i only used the lemon juice and powdered sugar for icing no cream.
      Now everyone wants the recipe.

  2. This sounds yummy! Can it be made in a Bundt pan? I have seen several done in a Bundt pan and they look really nice to take to pot luck.

  3. I made this recipe for blueberry zucchini bread and it was a hit with my friends. It’s very moist. I did cut the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and it was very good. I am going to make it again because we liked it so much.

  4. I’m making this a second time, we like it very much. I baked it in a bunt cake pan and serve it as a cake. Love it!

  5. I made this zucchini blueberry bread and it is sooooooooooo delicious! very moist and full of flavor. I like it with the glaze but I love it without the glaze. Thank you so much for this recipe, and my family thanks you too!

  6. I have made so many loaves, in every size, of this wonderful bread to use up the Jurassic Park amount of zucchini and blueberries in my garden and it is perfection! I added an additional tablespoon of lemon extract and skipped the glaze. Deliciousness! Thank you

  7. This is THE most amazing way to use that zucchini which won’t quit appearing. The only part of the recipe I changed, and this was after making it about two dozen times, IT’S THAT GOOD, is I added a tablespoon of lemon extract as well as the vanilla extract. Never missed the lemon glaze!

  8. I made this exactly as written, and checked with a tooth pick to see if it was done at 55 minutes and it came out completely clean. The cake is verrrrrry moist. It seemed almost under cooked but tastes delicious.

  9. AMAZING!!!! I didn’t have a loaf pan so I used my muffin pan and cooked it for 20mins. I can’t stop eating them and can’t wait to share with my coworkers tomorrow

  10. I used pureed zucchini and baked for 50 minutes at 350 then turned the oven down to 325 for 15 minutes. I also used half of the cream for the glaze in hopes to thicken it a little. Came out beautifully and my boyfriend who hates baked goods had two pieces back to back the second it was done!

  11. This bread was amazing! Followed recipe (mostly), cut back a little on the sugar to 2 cups and also had to cook it a little longer in oven. About 15 min longer and i also tented the foil on top of it for that last 15 min. I would definitely make it again!! Grandkids loved it!!

  12. I have made this twice in three weeks after finding this recipe. IT IS BEYOND DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. this bread is delicious,greased the pans and followed directions to the letter,but it tore all to pieces removing from loaf pans

  14. Love this….I used about 1 1/4 cup of zucchini and added the same of rhubarb. Do not cut rhubarb smaller than an inch or they get “lost”. I am going to make it again and add more of both. I used more blueberries too! DELICIOUS!

  15. This bread is fantastic! It also solved a dilemma for me, because I had blueberries that needed to be used up and lots of zucchini from my son’s garden. But I only had time to make one type of bread. Then I found this recipe that included both. I used coconut oil because that was all I had. I also omitted the heavy cream because I didn’t have any. I just added more lemon juice, and it was perfect. I shared with my family and they all loved it!

  16. I was wondering if this bread is good for freezing or would you suggest freezing without the glaze and then adding the glaze before serving? Can’t wait to try this!!!

    1. Hi Julie!
      You can absolutely freeze the bread. I would suggest to put the glaze on after you remove from the freezer and let it thaw, just before serving. I hope you love it! Thanks for following along with me!!

  17. Really good. I only used 1 3/4 cup sugar & next time will use even less. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks.

  18. I really liked this and it was very easy. I felt like the bread needed something more to the batter. I wish I read the reviews first because I few reviews added lemon zest to the batter and I think that would make it better. I made a 9×5 loaf pan and 6 muffins. The muffins only took 20 minutes and the bread took about 80 minutes. I’d make this again.

  19. Excellent recipe! Did not have enough oil – subbed in 1/2 c sour cream and increased baking soda to 1/2 tsp – Moist, not too dense (rose high) and freaking delish.

    1. Hi Debbie!
      Thanks so much for the question. Yes, absolutely. It can be frozen. Just make sure to use a freezer bag with a tight seal. Thanks for following along with me!!

  20. 5 stars
    Love this bread. I use 1 cup of whole wheat white flour. Reduce the sugar 1/4 cup. Also I use lemon juice with a few TBs of powered super. Letting the lemon juice infuse into the bread. Less sugar is good

  21. I have shared this recipe with all my friends and family. It is a favorite of everyone who tries it. I substitute blackberries and raspberries when I have them. It is just as yummy. I have been making this every week for the past month. Thanks. It is so different then regular zucchini bread.

  22. I love this recipe. And so does everyone that I share it with. I have made 10 loves this year and still have to make more. I have the zucchini from my daughter-in-law garden.

  23. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday somewhat skeptical since I don’t care for Zucchini but had one so needed to use it up.

    I have to say – this turned out tasting and looking awesome. I’d make it again if I had another Zucchini. I peeled my Zucchini used frozen Blueberries(dusted them with flour) and cut my sugar by 1/2 cup. Otherwise I kept to the recipe.

    Highly recommend this recipe!! I am giving this recipe to someone today as I got the Zucchini from her and told her how good it is. I had to freeze one and half the other so the hubby and I didn’t eat the whole loaf.

  24. 5 stars
    I have been using your recipe for over 18 months and have made more than I can count. Not only do I love it but everyone I give it to says its the best. I give people a loaf and they devour it and ask for more. Fantastic recipe and i’m not a baker. Will try it with parchment now and I let it cool in the oven so it doesn’t collapse. Thank you for the recipe.

  25. 5 stars
    Now trying to make gluten free with almond flour for a friend.
    Added an egg, reduced oil to 2/3 cup, doubled baking powder and baking soda but came out way too moist. Adding an extra pint of blueberries probably didn’t help either.
    Good thing I used parchment to get out of the pan.
    Any helpful ideas?

  26. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I used frozen blueberries (one cup) and had to cook about 20 minutes longer. Thank you!

  27. 5 stars
    I made this bread several months ago and meant to comment, but forgot. This is DIVINE, and I have some in the oven now! I too add lemon zest to the batter, simply because we love anything lemon. I have no heavy cream right now and I’m going to try buttermilk in the glaze. Will report back after I’m finished. Thanks…

  28. 5 stars
    This is simply THE BEST. I’ve made it over and over again exactly as written. I always get compliments and always get asked for the recipe. I am making it again today and thought, “I really need to post a comment for this recipe.” Thank you so much!

  29. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing!. I did have to bake it an extra ten minutes. (all ovens are different) I tried a taste before the glaze, and honestly, it didnt need it!.
    I will make this often!

  30. I just made this and it’s delicious! The only changes I made were, I cut it in half to make 1 loaf since it’s just the 2 of us, and I have fresh blackberries in my garden. So tastey!!

  31. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! We were tired of our traditional zucchini bread recipe. This was a hit. We did not make the lemon glaze. It’s perfect without it. I did bake it closer to sixty minutes and made two loaves.

  32. 5 stars
    This bread is so delicious – tastes like a dessert. It is moist and has an amazing flavor. I think it is easier to make than the traditional zucchini bread.

  33. 5 stars
    loved this recipe. I want to make it again and add the zest of lemon to the batter. Easy to make. I used canola oil because that’s all I had – and almond milk for the glaze as I am lactose intolerant. I want to freeze these! so yummy. Thank you

  34. 5 stars
    This bread is fantastic! I actually ended up with 3 loaves which is fine because I plan to give 2 of them away as hospitality gifts so the third is MINE!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  35. 5 stars
    I used this as a guide I suppose…turned out really well!
    I used only .5c oil and .7c 2% greek yogurt.
    I used barely 1c of sugar.
    Added chia seeds
    Added 3 scoops of vanilla protein powder
    Added lemon zest to the batter.
    YUMMY!

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