Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

If you’re looking for a delicious way to use up some zucchini, this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread is the way to do it!

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve once again partnered with Challenge Dairy for the year!

Bring on all the glorious butter and cream cheese! Challenge’s butter is seriously my favorite butter, it’s creamy and when put in baked goods like this bread, you can seriously taste the difference.

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

I brought a loaf of this bread over to my mother in law, and she kept asking how on earth I was able to make the bread so light and moist at the same time.

The key to making it light and fluffy but moist at the same time is to cream the Challenge butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy. Then when it comes to adding the dry ingredients, you only want to mix until it’s combined. Over mixing will cause it to become more dense when baked.

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

You guys, my garden was producing zucchini like it was going out of business!!

To be honest, we just had to pull out our zucchini plants because they were growing so big that they were blocking the sun from our tomatoes. We’re going to replant in a couple weeks to get more, but in the meantime I’ve frozen enough to last us for at least 30 more loaves of this bread… 😉

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

My kids LOVE this zucchini bread. I love how I can sneak in a large zucchini and you can’t even tell it’s in there!

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

I used some plain greek yogurt as a way to keep this bread nice and rich.

You could use some lemon greek yogurt to give it even more lemon flavor!

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

The glaze on top is a simple powdered sugar and lemon juice combination that adds the perfect sweetness to this bread.

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

I love making this bread in those throw-away baking tins and bringing it to friends and neighbors.

It’s a super simple recipe that everyone loves and it’s a great way to brighten their day!

I've already made this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread recipe 5 times! It's so good!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

If you’re looking for a delicious way to use up some zucchini, this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread is the way to do it!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: makes two loaves 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Challenge Butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice + 2 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (about one large zucchini)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • extra lemon zest for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray two 8 1/2 inch x 4 inch bread pans with baking spray (the kind that has the flour in it) and set aside.
  3. Beat the butter, greek yogurt, sugar and lemon juice in a large bowl until smooth and combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and lemon zest, whisk to combine. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir to combine.
  5. Stir in the zucchini, vanilla extract and poppy seeds until evenly distributed. Try not to over stir. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10 minutes in pans before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

For the Glaze:

  1. Combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the bread and garnish with lemon zest if desired. Store bread in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Keywords: lemon, poppy seed, zucchini, quick bread, greek yogurt

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Challenge Dairy. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make I Wash You Dry possible. 

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
22 Responses
  1. Jenifer

    Delicious! I’m gluten free and substituted Momma’s GF Almond Blend 1:1. Cooking high altitude and on propane and it was perfect! Brought it to a dinner I was invited to and everyone rave about it. Nice way to share the first zucchini I’ve ever grown. Thanks!

  2. Lorie

    I love this bread! But I need to know- what brand is that pretty yellow loaf pan in your photo? I have looked all over the internet and can’t find one like it. Can you share?

  3. Anita WIlson

    I can attest to the wonderfulness of this recipe as I have actually made it!! It is an absolutely scrumptious ‘bread’ that really has all the richness of a pound cake without the dense ‘crumb’. This recipe is PERFECT, as written, and really does not require the additional glaze, as it is very satisfying as a bread. I actually had to remind myself that it was a zucchini-based item. And, while 2 TBS of poppy seeds initially looks like too much, it really is the perfect amount. Typically, I do not ‘follow’ people on pinterest or read blogs, however, I am making an exception in this particular instance. I cannot wait to try another recipe from this site!!! Atta girl, Shawn!!!

    1. Ah thank you so much for this comment Anita! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and leave it! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, and I hope you find more to enjoy! 🙂

  4. Shauna Jo

    Okay. First of all this just sounds amazing. But SURPRISE!!!! it tastes even better than it sounds and it may even smell better than it tastes. This is a new family favorite! And the people in my neighborhood are going to love the new neighbor treat to share. THANK YOU!

  5. I have a handful of zucchini just begging to be used! Love this twist on the lemon poppy seed bread!
    And yes, Challange butter makes every baked goods so much better!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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