James Beard’s Zucchini Bread with Warm Vanilla and Cinnamon


Many different variations of James Beard’s Zucchini Bread have been made over the years, but this is the classic. It was shared with us as a favorite from Paul and Freya Erickson during their time with Just Baking.  We’ve made some very slight modifications to the recipe, but have stayed true to the original recipe from the cookbook, Beard on Bread.

James Beard's Zucchini Bread Recipe with Extra Vanilla and Cinnamon - Naturally Dairy-Free; Nut-Free Option

James Beard’s Zucchini Bread with Warm Vanilla and Cinnamon

We originally shared this recipe back in 2007, but have made some updates. This makes a very sweet, flavorful zucchini bread that’s rich with vanilla and cinnamon. It’s just lightly moist with a tender crumb.

If you want more moisture, you can add another cup of zucchini. For less sweet bread, you can reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup (to 1 1/2 cups), but this will result in slightly dryer loaves.

Special Diet Notes: James Beard’s Zucchini Bread

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

For egg-free and vegan zucchini bread, see my Egg Substitute Guide. I think Aquafaba is a great egg alternative for this recipe.

James Beard's Dairy-Free Zucchini Bread
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This classic zucchini bread recipe is naturally dairy-free, and rich in vanilla and cinnamon.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (can use part whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional; omit for nut-free)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease 2 9x5-inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until light and foamy. Add the sugar, zucchini, oil, and vanilla and mix lightly but well.
  4. Add the flour blend to the egg-zucchini mixture, and stir until well blended. Fold in the nuts (if using).
  5. Scrape the batter into your prepared loaf pans and even it out.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean.
  7. Let the bread cool on a rack before slicing and serving.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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