Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread

This Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread recipe is incredibly moist and flavorful! Vibrant colors from the carrot, zucchini, and apples makes this bread irresisitble!  Sure to be a new favorite!

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This Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread recipe is incredibly moist and flavorful! Vibrant colors from the carrot, zucchini, and apples makes this bread irresisitble! Sure to be a new favorite! // Mom On Timeout


Well it’s definitely zucchini season again!  Zucchini plants just LOVE the heat and with our fabulous triple-digit heat wave that we just went through my zucchini plants are in HEAVEN! Zucchini is such an amazing vegetable because it can used in both sweet and savory dishes.   Zucchini can be grilled, roasted, and even fried!  My mom used to make fried zucchini and OMG.  That stuff is dangerous!  We used to dip those babies in ranch…wowza!  It was so good!

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Now y’all know I love to bake with zucchini too right? Brownies, cake, cookies, quiche (my all-time FAVE!) – you name it – I’ll bake it!  When I’m making something for my family that starts with all of this…


…I have to admit, it feels pretty darn good.  Better than that, the boys will chow down on this bread like there’s no tomorrow.  Sometimes I add the frosting, sometimes I don’t. The bread is sweet enough on it’s own – for sure! – but a little frosting sure goes a long way in selling this bread as “cake” to the boys :)

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I just love seeing all the bright, beautiful colors in this bread and the yummy chunks of apple – SO GOOD!


What’s your favorite way to enjoy zucchini?


Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread
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This Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread recipe is incredibly moist and flavorful! Vibrant colors from the carrot, zucchini, and apples makes this bread irresisitble! Sure to be a new favorite!
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 32 servings
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3¼ all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (unpeeled)
  • 1 cup diced, peeled apple
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened (I use light)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tbsp orange juice as needed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
  3. Blend butter, sugar, egg, orange juice, and vanilla together.
  4. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together.
  5. Fold dry ingredients into wet along with carrots, zucchini, apples, and pecans.
  6. Pour into prepared pans.
  7. Bake until golden brown, approximately 1 hour, or until loaves spring back when gently pressed with fingers.
  8. Let cool before icing.
  1. Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add in powdered sugar and continue mixing. Drizzle in orange juice until desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Frost bread and enjoy!

This Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread recipe is incredibly moist and flavorful! Vibrant colors from the carrot, zucchini, and apples makes this bread irresisitble! Sure to be a new favorite! // Mom On Timeout

This Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread recipe is incredibly moist and flavorful! Vibrant colors from the carrot, zucchini, and apples makes this bread irresisitble! Sure to be a new favorite! // Mom On Timeout

Zucchini recipes from friends:

Zucchini and Squash Gallete from Crazy for Crust

Fried Zucchini from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Zucchini Lasagna from Crumbs and Chaos

More zucchini goodness!


Chocolate Zucchini Cake


Zucchini and Green Chile Quiche


Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies


Zucchini Brownies

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  1. Trish that looks so good! I love all the flavors! I have a carrot/pineapple/banana bread and a couple sweeter zucchini breads and love baking with zuke because it adds so much softness & moisture. Pinned!

  2. This bread looks too good! I don’t have any apples, but I might just make carrot and zucchini bread. Sounds just as good!
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  3. Looks and sounds sooooo yummy!
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  4. Trish, I love this bread, Zucchini and carrots! I can call this healthy and have extra frosting!
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  5. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Oh my – what a great way to use the abundance of zucchini! Pinned this Trish!

  6. This bread looks so delicious, Trish! All the colors are just beautiful!
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  7. What a beautiful loaf of bread! Definitely want to give this a try!
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  8. I love zucchini, but the only way I can get my family to eat it is to bake with it. This bread sounds delicious, and I know it would be a hit. I’m going to have to try your zucchini oatmeal cookies, too! =)
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  9. Kearsten says:

    This looks delicious! just pinned and will most definitey be making, but with one change: that is waaaay too much sugar! I’ll cut that down to about 3/4c. Carrots, zukes, and apples are already sweet. Living out of the US almost a decade has changed my sweet tooth. It’s still there, but it requires muuuch less sugar! 2c would be downright sickly!
    But, other than that, this looks like a winner!

  10. I just LOVE zucchini bread – and this version looks fabulous! LOVE all the colors in there!
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  11. This looks incredible!! I love zucchini and this flavor combination sounds amazing!!

  12. Trish, I love how you’ve combined 3 yummy flavors into one bread! I’ll admit, when it comes to food, I don’t make healthy choices, including when I eat something as good for you as zucchini. I like it fried and smothered in ranch! Is that wrong?
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  13. Yummmo, girl!! Awesome way to sneak in some veggies :)
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  14. Yummm! That looks so tempting..

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  15. This bread looks delicious! I can’t wait for my zucchini to be ready from my garden to try this bread. Your pictures are just beautiful too:) Yum!
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  16. Victoria says:

    Love your recipe.. Made a few healthy modifications.. Here’s mine!
    -1 C unsalted melted butter (1/2 C unsweet applesauce + 1.2 C Greek yogurt + 2 Tbsp Veg Oil)
    -2 C sugar (1 + 1/4 C Brown Sugar)
    -3 eggs
    -1/4 C orange juice (Add zest of orange too if fresh)
    -1 Tbsp vanilla extract
    -2 C Whole wheat flour/ 1 + 1/4 C AP flour)
    -1/2 tsp salt
    -2 1/2 tsp baking powder
    -3/4 tsp baking soda
    -1 Tbls cinnamon
    -2 C shredded carrots
    -1 C shredded zucchini
    -1 C peeled/ diced apple
    -1/2 C chopped pecans/ walnuts (optional)
    -2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

  17. This zucchini bread is so pretty and tempting! Who could resist? I’m sharing your post on Friday Finds today. Thanks, and have a great weekend!
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  18. That is one gorgeous looking bread…I love all the colors in it!! Now where to find a zucchini to make some…
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  19. Wow..the colors of this bread are so gorgeous…and I bet it tastes AMAZING. You are always so creative and talented with your recipes! And I love that the frosting is the selling point to your boys…that’s totally how it is here, too! :)

  20. I will be making this this week! Looks and sounds AMAZING!! Thanks for another fabulous recipe!
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  21. Just made this and it is A-Mazing!! I put nuts in one loaf and not the other so I could please everyone. Thanks for sharing!! I have a zucchini left so I’m scanning your site for another zucchini recipes :)

  22. The Carrot Zucchini bread with the apples and pecans is absolutely AMAZING. I needed to make something with all my left over garden veggies and tried several different recipes but this one in particular ((although pretty time consuming)) is soooooo delicious!! I have made EIGHT loaves of it! My family won’t stop asking for more!!! Thank you!:))

    • That is absolutely wonderful Erica! My boys love it too and I agree, it’s a great way to use up lots of extra veggies :) Thank you so much for letting me know! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  23. I like to keep muffins on hand in the freezer for breakfasts for my two children (ages 3 & 1) and try to make ones with fruits and veggies. Today my son and I made these. I honestly think these are the best muffins I have ever made. They are incredibly soft and fluffy, which is especially a feat since I used all white whole wheat flour. I also subbed one cup of honey for the sugar and coconut oil for the butter. All I had was frozen OJ concentrate so I used two TBSP of that and figured the honey would make up for the lack of liquid. And I used 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice instead of the cloves and nutmeg. And left out the nuts and the glaze. A lot of changes but still, they came out perfectly! Oh and it yielded 24 regular size muffins and 15 mini muffins.

    • That’s great to know Emily! I was actually just thinking the other day that I needed to make some zucchini muffins and I love all of your healthy substitutions. I may have to use some of those ;) Thanks for letting me know!

    • Just found this recipe and looks fabulous. I too like to make muffins to keep on hand for breakfast. Was just wondering if this recipe would make good muffins! Yeah can’t wait! Thanks for sharing your substitutes too Emily

  24. this is a great idea. the colors are so pretty.
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  25. This looks amazing Trish! YUM!
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  26. Wow this looks amazing!

  27. I love this! Thanks! In my zip box!
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  28. this looks and sounds right up my alley!! agree love the colors, pinning!
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  29. I have NO idea how i missed this post. What a GREAT recipe :)
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  30. Looks Yummy!! Can the loaves be frozen?

  31. Do you think I could sub the butter for apple sauce or no?

  32. So good, what a wonderful recipe. I was thinking about putting together an e-book of “Facebook” recipes. Would it be possible to include this? I am not sure how the book would work yet I think I’ll have to get permission from all of the recipe authors but I think it would go over good since we all find recipes on FB that we just love and then we cannot find them again they get lost in the jumble of other information. If you don’t mind me including this please send me an e-mail.

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  33. I made this yesterday it was so good, I’m passing this down to my Aunt she does a lot of baking for the church. Thanks from both of us

  34. I just wanted to let you know I made this bread and absolutely love it! It is so moist and did not get too brown in the oven like all the other breads I’ve made. I posted about it on my blog and would love if you’d check it out!
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  35. Would it be possible to make these as muffins? If so, how much time in the oven?

  36. Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread
    I have this baking in the oven at this very moment. I had to bake in my glass bread pans, so I reduced the temperature to 325, hope it bakes correctly. One question I have is how long should it cool in the pan before removing from the pan.

  37. I’m not a big fan of clove. Would it make a difference in flavor if i left it out? Can wait too make this for my boys. Especially for my toddler, he just loves bread. Thanks for the recipe :)

  38. I am so wasting money at Jamba Juice because I buy this all the time. Look super delicious, and I look forward to trying this at home! Yay for zucchini and carrots!

  39. Do you have the nutritional information on this bread?
    It looks wonderful!

    Thank you
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  41. Bethany says:

    yikes! 2 cups of sugar?! i think that does make this cake, not bread! but it looks like an amazing treat!

  42. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I cut back the sugar, used a mix of whole wheat and regular flour and used purple carrots from the farmers market. Made them into muffins that were amazing!!

  43. what a beautiful cake! Thank you for sharing! I gave your receipe a try! I was a little nervous bc it was so thick when I mixed it all together! I didn’t have two loaf pans and I didn’t want the batter to be sitting out so I turned it into a bundet cake! Added less sugar esp if adding frosting! Turned out great! My two year loves it dry like a muffin :) thanks again for sharing!

  44. Hi! I was wondering (like one of the other comments above), how long do I let it cool in the pan? I’m always confused as to whether it will remain more moist if I leave it to cool in the pans OR if I take it out to cool. P.S. I subbed raisins for the nuts AND I will be adding what sounds like delicious frosting. Thanks!

  45. Just made this and it’s delicious! Although, I did learn the hard way not to tip out onto a wire rack until it’d cooled enough. Whoopsies :) I’m not going to put the frosting on – it’s yummy enough without.

  46. Just wondering, the butter in the glaze is that 1/4 cup, stick or lb? The recipe doesn’t specify.

  47. This recipie sounds great and I really want to try it. I cant have orange juice though. Can you recommend a substitute?

  48. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    My mom goes knitting every Sun. The store let’s my mom, sister and others bring whatever they are knitting, some bring food and they chat and get help with there knitting if they need it. We had everything and this looked easy to make so I made it last night and my mom took it today. We didn’t have an 8×4 loaf pan even though we had a bunch of them so I used two 9×4 pans. I forgot to butter and flour the pans and even though one was non-stick, they both stuck to the bottom. That should be a lesson to me & everyone else. If it says butter and flour, do it or everything will stick, even in a non-stick pan. I am not able to eat this because I am a super taster so anything sweet makes me hurl. However, my mom loved it! She says this one is a definite keeper. When my sister came over to go knitting with my mom, she tried some and said she loved it too. The most amazing part is my dad. He’s 91 and on a feeding tube. He can only eat soft, moist foods. I let him try a small piece and he loved it! He can eat it and he isn’t coughing because it’s going down the wrong way! So even he can eat this yummy bread! Tomorrow my mom’s wonderful boss and the woman who works with her will also get some. I am so happy I found this recipe if only because my dad can eat it. I am going to try some of the other ones on here and I am hoping my dad will be able to eat them too. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  49. Hi,

    What program are you using for your recipes? I have tried and tried to print out the recipes I like, (zucchini carrot apple bread) to start, but I cannot print them. I’ve tried directly from here, copy and pasting to WORD, saving to PDF, nothing works. Anyone else having a problem? I know it’s not my printer as it works for everything else. It looks so YUMMY! HELP!! I’ll write it out long hand, but it sure makes it easier to just print it out! Thanks

  50. I found your website when this recipe was posted on pinterest. It seemed like the perfect way to use up some odds and ends I had in the fridge including left over frosting from my daughter’s homemade birthday cake; pre-shredded, bagged carrots; and zucchini. But the one thing I didn’t have was orange juice, but I did has a little bit of apple juice on hand and used that.

    The bread turned out great! It was moist, and had wonderful flavor. The sugar (both granulated and juice) created a crispiness on the crust that is delicious. I didn’t end up putting the cream cheese topping, but I can imagine it would be great.

    I sliced the loaves and wrapped each slice in plastic wrap and then in tin foil, placed in a ziploc bag. This is how I normally freeze my zuchinni bread. This allows me to defrost a slice at a time, as desired. I’m hoping this recipe freezes as well.

  51. Great recipe! Halved the sugar and it turned out so yummy! I might make it into pb&j sandwiches!
    Two loaves is a lot…I’d love to freeze for later- have you tried freezing this? If so what are your guidelines or suggestion a for freezing/thawing?

  52. I added a bit of pineapple and cut up some candied ginger. WOW, when I make it again I will skip the icing thought, it’s not needed. What a lovely moist cake/bread

  53. I made this recipe a couple of days ago and I’m going to make it again and put a few loaves in the freezer. It was delicious but I did doctor the recipe a bit. I replaced the cup of butter with a cup of unsweetened apple sauce. I also cut the sugar to a little less than one cup. I added a few teaspoons of ground flax and hemp seeds and I used flour with omegas in it. The recipe was very moist and more than sweet enough. Also I did not do the icing as I felt it was more than sweet enough. I might even cut a bit more sugar out next time. This will be one of my favourite loaves!

  54. The pictures are so tempting that I could not wait for long time to try the recipe.
    The cake was very tasty, thanks for sharing.
    My family and friends loved it.

  55. I made this last night and it’s really very good. It’s lighter than normal zucchini bread and the apple packs a nice, sweet punch. Thank you.

  56. Oh boy, these are going to be dangerous for me…can’t wait to make them!

  57. So have to try this!
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  58. Looks fabulous!

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