This is one of the easiest Amish Friendship Bread recipes to make, and the loaves make perfect gifts, and have the added benefit of including an ingredient that’s chock full of vitamins A and C, manganese, and lutein. Wrap up a loaf or two of Zucchini Amish Friendship Bread to show a friend or neighbor that you’re thinking of them.
This is a great recipe to get creative with. You can have fun with different add-ins, adding up to 1 cup total of any of the following:
- grated carrots
- mini chocolate chips
- chopped walnuts
Zucchini Amish Friendship Bread
Moist and delicious, this Zucchini Amish Friendship Bread makes a wonderful edible gift.
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup zucchini grated, excess liquid removed
- 1 box vanilla instant pudding
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips optional
- ½ cup walnuts chopped, optional
- Preheat over to 325° F (165° C). Grease two loaf pans.
- In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients except any nuts or chocolate chips. Mix well.
- In a smaller bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. Mix well.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly fold in the wet ingredients, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add nuts or chocolate chips if using.
- Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Be sure to squeeze the moisture from the grated zucchini before using, and pat dry with a paper towel.
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I was looking for a way to use up some sweet potatoes I have on hand. I had shredded a bunch for hash browns and had about a cup left. I replaced the zucchini with the sweet potatoes…wow! Everybody liked it, even the picky eater!
Hi Melody! So glad this recipe worked for you. That sounds delicious with the sweet potatoes!
All the comments sound so yummy! I have several frozen starters. Can I thaw them and immediately use in this recipe? There was a mention of grated carrots – how much do you use? I also add a cup of dried cranberries in my zucchini bread, which would taste good in this recipe too
Hi Lori! Yes, you can definitely thaw your starter and use it immediately. Here’s a little down low on different ways of treating your frozen starter: https://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/tutorial-reviving-frozen-amish-friendship-bread-starter/
We haven’t tried grated carrots in this recipe, so you’ll have to experiment. However, as a general rule of thumb, we don’t usually add more than 1 1/2 cups of add-ins. Happy baking!
Excellent!! Best recipe I have made yet with my AFB starter. I followed all instructions except I doubled it, made a Bundt cake with most of it and used the extra for muffins. I skipped the cinnamon and used chocolate chips. I topped the cake and muffins with a glaze drizzle. Spectacular!!
That sounds like quite a baking day, Katie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! If you took any pictures, feel free to post them on our Facebook group page, as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/amishfriendshipbread/
Can I make this without the pudding? I have everything else at home and don’t want to run out for just the pudding.
Darien Gee says
Hi Sue! Yes, you can leave out the pudding. To understand how it may affect the recipe (or not), take a quick look at this post: https://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/faq-why-do-i-need-to-use-instant-pudding-in-my-amish-friendship-bread/
Rubi Kaur says
Yum! Now I am craving chicken! I love roasting whole chickens on Sunday evenings, and I always use the bones to make a broth. It’s a great way to have a surplus of broth in the freezer, and it’s so handy when anyone in my house gets sick! I will try this recipe the next Sunday I roast a chicken 🙂
Bond Perry says
Delicious, I will definitely make it again. I grated one medium zuke and I used a package of white chocolate (with mini choco chips) and a handful of sultana raisins that I had left over. I divided the dough between two medium size loaf pans and altho the breads did rise and were light and tender….they came no where near filling the two pans. The next time I will make one large loaf from this recipe or two much smaller ones–probably the later. I am thinking of using a pistachio pudding mix to stay with the green theme of the zucchini and perhaps some chopped pistachio nuts as well. Delicious recipe and good results.
Linda dunavan says
I like zucini bread with chocolate chips on top. I think I will make some tomorrow. great contest! I have learned a lot!
Ann Thompson says
I am always intrigued by the savory options for AFB starter, but this looks soooo yummy, I’m going to try it this time! I like a bread that can be adapted to what’s in my pantry.
I also saved this one to my Pinterest page, so I can make it often.
This was very moist. I received rave reviews from my co-workers. I used stoneware loaf pans (from pampered chef) and I did have to cook it an extra 10 minutes and probably could have gone another 5 minutes. All in all, a great first recipe for my AFB starter.
Teri Lover says
Here’s a great way to use up zucchini!
I’ve made this for 2 years now. It’s the ONLY bread I make these days. It’s like CRACK when you serve warm with butter on it.
I find that it is still doughy in the middle at 325 for an hour….I really have to eyeball it most of the time.
I use 1 large box of pudding instead of 2 small. Seems to work just fine and mini chocolate chips is the only way to go…regular size doesn’t disperse the chocolate like it should.
I grate my zucchini in the ninja food processor and I let it sit in my fridge overnight in a bowl. It dries it slightly and makes it perfect for use.
made them into muffins!
Made 18 muffins
I switched out the vanilla pudding for chocolate pudding and also added about 1 t. unsweetened cocoa powder for more color. Made mini muffins, which all had nice big muffin tops. They were wonderful!
I am so thrilled to find your site!!!
I needed some new ideas for the breads….I have some ready to bake today…
Yummy! Extra good with 1 cup of walnuts added.