Carrot Zucchini Bread Recipe

Ya know those days when you just want a piece of cake, but you don’t want all that post-dessert guilt? This is the recipe for you! This carrot zucchini bread is my go to favorite!

You’re probably thinking, “zucchini in a cake? uh… no thanks.” TRUST ME, my friends are always surprised to find out there’s a hidden veggie!

I LOVE making this bread. My 1 year old loves this bread. It’s a hit all around! I like to freeze about half of the bread right away and save it for later. It reheats really nicely in the oven. I even made it for my son’s first birthday party and covered it with cream cheese frosting. DELICIOUS!

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts here, but hazelnuts are also nice)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional, adds a little health kick)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2 cups peeled and grated carrots
  • 1-2 cups peeled and grated zucchini
    *I used a food processor to chop the carrots and zucchini, but you can definitely do this by hand or buy them pre-chopped*


Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Mix together all dry ingredients in one bowl. In a separate bowl, mush the banana. Add in the rest of the wet ingredients, including the carrots and zucchini, and mix together. Combine the wet and dry ingredients into one bowl, and mix all together. You’ll still have pieces of carrot and zucchini sticking out, and that’s totally fine.

Line your baking dish with cooking paper, and pour your mixture into the dish. (The cooking paper is optional, but I think cake removal is WAY easier this way. The other option is to put oil in your baking dish and pour in mixture directly)

Bake for 40-50 minutes. Once the top is golden brown (maybe even a little dark brown) and a toothpick or fork comes out clean, your cake is done! ENJOY!

Have you ever tried a similar cake? What are your favorite desserts that have hidden vegetables? Let me know in the comments!

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42 thoughts on “Carrot Zucchini Bread Recipe

  1. Lisa

    I used to make muffins with zucchini in them and my daughter had no idea!! Your recipe looks delicious and I will have to try it for sure!! thanks!

  2. Charlotte

    well this looks amazing! I don’t think I have made my own bread before and certainly hadn’t considered adding zucchini and carrot before! looks delicious though

  3. HilLesha

    This carrot zucchini bread looks scrumptious in every sense of the word! It has been ages and ages since I’ve had zucchini bread, but I’m craving it now. 🙂

  4. Terri Steffes

    This looks so good. I love how chunky the veggies are. No pureeing those babies for you! I think I love the dark crust it makes, too. It makes it seem elegant as well as healthy!

  5. Crystal

    I’ve only had zucchini cake a couple of times, I wasn’t a fan of it in large quantities but this looks tasty. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. Kim

    This looks so good for breakfast. I would put honey butter on it. So many people have leftover zuchinni from harvest too.

  7. Tahnee

    this looks great! We have been going through a allergy phase with my kids so the more natural everything is the better! I will have to try it.

    1. Stephanie Lee Post author

      Sorry about the allergies. I really like this one because you can remove the sugar if you want, use a gluten free flour, every modification is possible. Let me know if you try it!

  8. Jeanine

    Oh this looks great! My oldest loves carrot muffins/bread etc so this would be perfect for him! I would love to whip up a batch and see how he likes it!

  9. Taylor Mobley

    This season I have been obsessed with zucchini for I will definitely need to give this a try. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. PLUS: the more natural it is the better.

  10. Nicole Reid

    This looks like something that would be great for friends and family with sensitivities AND everyone to enjoy. Thank you for sharing this innovative recipe.

  11. Kristin

    Zucchini bread and banana bread are staples around our household this time of year. I have never added carrots but I sure will now! This looks awesome and I love the fact that you made this your sons first birthday cake.

    1. Stephanie Lee Post author

      That’s awesome Kristin! I actually made a totally different cake for his cake smash photo shoot and he didn’t eat any of it! I’m secretly thrilled that he’ll choose the healthy version over a normal cake ?

  12. Amanda Love

    I’ve never tried making carrot zucchini bread before but it does sound good and it’s a great way to keep those veggies hidden from the kids! It’s a lovely recipe and it’s definitely worth a try!

  13. Meg Lewellyn

    I’m definitely going to have to try this one. I make a mean banana bread and an awesome zucchini bread but never together and no carrots in either. Fingers crossed the clan likes it:)


  14. Chelsea Damon

    I love these types of breads! So yummy. It makes me almost forget that I’m ingesting any carbs haha. Seriously though, what a delicious alternative to white bread toast in the morning.


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