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Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

This lemon blueberry zucchini bread is the best I’ve ever had! It’s super moist and full of fresh lemon and blueberry flavor. Then topped with a sweet lemon glaze. 

Loaf of lemon blueberry zucchini bread with glaze on top.
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Zucchini Bread with a Twist

Lemon and blueberries are one of my favorite combos, especially when making bread or muffins. I love adding fresh lemon zest to the batter because it really adds the extra punch of lemon. You won’t taste the zucchini in this recipe, but it makes it super soft.

Now that Spring is here, I’ve been itching to get my garden going. Is anyone planting zucchini this year? I’m waiting for a warm weekend here in Ohio, but I’m thinking I’ll start planting here soon.

I’ve been eyeing the zucchini at the store though and knew I couldn’t wait any longer to get my zucchini bread fix! I also made these zucchini muffins (another favorite).

This bread has the perfect texture and is super soft. The lemon and blueberries add the perfect flavor to this zucchini bread. The powdered sugar glaze adds a sweet punch. My kids devoured this bread and begged for more. They never would have guessed there was zucchini in there!

Folding in fresh blueberries and lemon zest to batter.

Ingredients Needed

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, water removed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 lemons

Grating a Zucchini

This recipe calls for grated zucchini, which helps make the bread super moist and soft. You can see how to cut a zucchini + tips for removing the excess water here. You want to make sure to remove the water so that the bread doesn’t become soggy. No one likes soggy bread!

I’ll often grate multiple zucchinis from my garden all at once and freeze some. That way the “hard work” is done the next time I want to make this lemon blueberry zucchini bread recipe!

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

  1. PREPARE. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  2. MIX. Beat together the sugar, eggs and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Mix in buttermilk and vanilla until smooth. Next stir in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Fold in the zucchini, blueberries, zest from 2 lemons and juice from 1 lemon.
  3. BAKE. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Blueberry zucchini bread with glaze on top and dripping over the sides.

Easy Lemon Glaze

For the glaze, you’ll only need about a cup of powdered sugar and fresh squeeze lemon juice. I like the consistency to be fairly thick (similar to glue), so that it will stay on top of the bread and not run all the way down. It also hardens nice, so you’re able to slice it once it’s cooled.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Baking Tips

  • Make your own buttermilk! If you don’t have any hand, simply mix together 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 Tablespoon distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes before using.
  • Remove the excess water from the zucchini so your bread doesn’t get soggy. Place the grated zucchini in a cheesecloth or paper towel and squeeze the water out over the sink.
  • Make sure the bread has cooled before adding the glaze. You don’t want to add it while it’s still warm or the glaze will melt.
  • This bread freezes great. If you’re planning on freezing it, I’d wait to add the lemon glaze. Wrap in foil and place in a freezer bag. When ready to enjoy, let thaw overnight in fridge. Then add glaze on top before serving.

5 star review

“I made this recipe and loved it. The bread was very very moist and tasty! and the lemon is a great addition.”

– Diane
Sliced lemon blueberry zucchini bread.

More Lemon Recipes

Now enjoy a nice big slice with a cold glass of milk! Hopefully you can do so on the front porch with the sun shining. Ah… now doesn’t that sounds like the perfect summer day? I can’t wait for summer!

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Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread ...this zucchini bread recipe is the best I've ever had! So moist and full of flavor!

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

4.91 from 22 votes
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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This is the best bread I've ever had! It's super moist and full of fresh lemon and blueberry flavor. Then topped with a sweet lemon glaze. 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 cup grated zucchini , water removed
  • 3/4-1 cup blueberries
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5″ loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place the zucchini in a cheesecloth or paper towel and squeeze out all the extra liquid from the zucchini. Let sit on a paper towel until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vegetable oil. Then add the buttermilk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Next add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until combined. Fold in the zucchini, blueberries, the zest from 2 lemons and the juice from 1 lemon.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and then bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Cool in pan for about 15 minutes and then flip over onto a cooling rack.
  • Once the bread has cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar and juice from 1 lemon. Then pour over the top of the bread.

Notes

To remove the water from the zucchini, simply place it in a cheesecloth or paper towels and squeeze the water out over a sink.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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Slices of blueberry zucchini bread on a white plate.

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