Paleo Zucchini Bread

I had a zucchini to use up the other day.  That is how this paleo zucchini bread came about.  I wanted to do a banana zucchini bread made with coconut flour.   I also wanted my paleo zucchini bread to be only sweetened with dates.  I am very please to tell you that this paleo zucchini bread came out great!  If you like treats only sweetened with dates, you may enjoy this and this as well.

Paleo Banana Zucchini Bread - My Whole Food Life

Not only is this zucchini bread paleo, it is also vegan and gluten free.  I threw some chocolate chips on the top.  I honestly think the bread is great on it’s own, I was just trying to make it look good for the photo.  Feel free to add the chips or leave them off.

Paleo Zucchini Bread

Paleo Zucchini Bread

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 45 min Serves 1 small loaf     adjust servings

A delicious and moist bread sweetened only with dates!



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In one bowl , mix the coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Drain and rinse the dates add them to a small blender or food processor .
  4. Pulse until they become a caramel-like consistency. You may need to add a tiny drop of water.
  5. Once the dates become a caramel, add them to a bowl with the zucchini, mashed banana and flax eggs.
  6. Lastly, add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
  7. Line a small loaf pan with parchment paper. Make sure there is enough room for some paper to stick out the sides. This will make it very easy to pull the bread out of the loaf pan.
  8. Spoon the batter evenly into the loaf pan.
  9. Bake for about 35-45 minutes
  10. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.
  11. Once the pan has cooled, gently lift the bread out with the extra parchment paper.


Recipe Notes

Store this bread in the fridge. It should last about a week. You can also freeze it for longer storage. Enjoy!

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60 thoughts to “Paleo Zucchini Bread”

  1. Ignore my question, I just saw your remark about the chips above the recipe. They look like you might have added them after the loaf baked...
    1. For this, I did. I was trying to make it look a little prettier for the photo. If you add chocolate chips, I would suggest adding them before baking.
  2. Wow, I'm super excited to make this. Last night we had your black bean soup and kale chips. We have that at least once a month. I think it might be my 3 y/o and 1 y/o's favorite meal. They get so excited when they see the black bean soup in the crock pot. Just love your site -- thanks for all you do!
          1. I finally got around to making this and it was soo good! I can't believe it has no grains, dairy or sweetener other than fruit. I made it thinking it would be a good nut-free snack for my daughter's camp, but it didn't last more than a day in our house. Everyone loved it. Thanks so much! Tonight we are having the pesto portobellos, which I also love.
  3. Paleo diets are NOT healthy, you need grains and legumes and no or less than 5% meat in your diet for an optimal diet for health. Grains help lower high blood pressure (usually caused by eating too much red meat): eating legumes (beans) for longer life: (bean-free diet may increase the risk of death) Why you want to eat a 100% plant based diet and more fiber data: Enjoy! ;) -Christen
    1. First off, I am not paleo. I am vegan. I just made a paleo recipe. If you don't like the recipe for whatever reason, don't make it.
    2. We all have different bodies so different things work for different people...that said, this is really not the place for this kind of comment. Melissa does an amazing job creating healthy delicious foods. She also lets people know what categories they fall in so they can make the decisions for themselves. You may not have meant it to sound ugly or offensive (at least I hope not), but unfortunately it came off that way. :O(
  4. I officially have to be gluten-free now for medical reasons (and am supposed to minimize grains in general) so I've been gearing more towards paleo baking lately. It's funny how even before being told to cut out gluten, I didn't eat very much of it anyway, but now that I HAVE to cut it out, I'm like, this SUCKS. Haha. I need a good zucchini bread recipe because the last one I made didn't turn out to well. This looks great! If I sub maple syrup for the dates, how much do you think I should use? And would it change the consistency?
  5. Yum, yum, yum! I made a similar zucchini bread the other day, but ended up using raw agave. I would much prefer to use a recipe with dates. Yours looks and sounds delicious, and I love the ingredients!
  6. I can't wait to make this today! I've never used coconut flour so this will be a good recipe to try it. I'm going to try using some applesauce and about 4 dates. Thanks for the great recipes.
  7. Obsessed with your site! Your salted caramel cookies are a staple in my house! Can you sub applesauce for the banana? I'm fresh out unfortunately
    1. Thank you! I am not sure if applesauce will work since the bananas help a lot with binding. If you try, I would love to know how it works out!
  8. I made this recipe and I substituted applesauce for banana and added some blueberries, because that's what I had. It turned out REALLY dense and kind of this how coconut flour is? Just wondering if I messed something up or that's the way it's supposed to be. It tastes kid likes it! I bought a HUGE container of coconut flour and I really want to use it for more recipes.
    1. Coconut flour is definitely a much different texture than regular flour. It can take some getting used to. I'm glad your kid likes it though!
  9. I've been gluten free for years now, but have recently started eating "neat" which isn't quite "clean" but good enough for me... I've never used coconut flour (or any other coconut product - husband hates it) before. Can you recommend any other GF flour that might work? Also can I sub soaked raisins for the dates since its what I have on hand?
    1. I think you can use raisins instead of dates. Another GF flour to use would be GF all purpose or gluten free oat flour.
  10. Hi Melissa, this looks really good! I'm hoping my zucchini does week this year so I can make a lot of bread to freeze. My question about coconut flour....I know that coconut flour recipes require a bit more eggs, so do flax eggs work as a 1:1 sub for regular eggs in any coconut flour recipes?
  11. I'm not as concerned with GF but I love the healthy ingredients in this bread (dates/applesauce and banannas) vs. traditional zuc bread ingredients. Can I just use regular AP flour or even a WW flour in place of the coconut flour?
  12. I love your recipes and try them often. I am still new to the paleo baking scene and sometimes I am not sure what I made turned out the way it was supposed to. I made this bread today, but I am not sure it really turned out. The inside looks very damp and the flavor is a little off. The dough was the consistency of thick cookie dough. Is that the way it is supposed to be? Once it has baked is it supposed to look thoroughly cooked inside like a standard loaf of zucchini bread would look or is it supposed to look like a not quite cooked cookie?
    1. The texture will be very different from traditional breads. It should be cooked all the way through. Sorry it was not what you expected. :(
  13. I'm so glad I found your website! I recently discovered that I'm gluten and cowmilk intolerant. Difficult for me as I love to bake. You inspire me! I made this bread and it turned out so good... I used 2 eggs and 2 bananas and that works for me. Thans for all of your recipes! Greetings from Belgium!

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