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Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon

August 17, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
This savory Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon is full of cheesy, herby and smoky bacon flavor. It's the perfect summer baking project.

Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon

This savory Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon and Cheddar is a new and delicious spin on classic summer quick bread for lunch, brunch or snacks.

Loaf of Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon on wooden board.

If you love zucchini bread and bacon, this savory, cheesy loaf is for you. It's fully loaded with cheddar cheese, pesto sauce, bacon and zucchini for a dense, moist and ultra-flavorful snack or side dish. This is zucchini bread like you've never seen, or tasted before.

Slice of Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon.

How to Make Savory Pesto Zucchini Bread

Ingredient Notes

Here's what you need to make cheesy zucchini bread:

  • Artisan bread flour. This is from King Arthur Flour. But you can also use all-purpose.
  • Baking powder. To lighten your loaf as it bakes.
  • Savory seasonings. Flavor your zucchini bread with garlic powder, oregano, parsley, thyme, and paprika.
  • Almond milk. Feel free to use any unsweetened dairy-free (or regular) milk.
  • Egg. Make sure your egg is at room temperature for easy blending.
  • Unsalted butter. This makes the most tender and soft bread loaf.
  • Zucchini. Squeeze your zucchini to remove as much water as possible.
  • Cheddar cheese. I like to use organic cheese when I eat dairy.
  • Bacon. You can omit the bacon for a vegetarian loaf.

Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon sliced on a wooden board.

Pesto Sauce

You can use store-bought pesto for convenience. Or use this recipe to make your own simple basil pesto.

Partially-sliced Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon.

How to Serve Savory Zucchini Bread

You can slice this loaf up and serve it all on its own for a morning or afternoon snack. Or serve it alongside summer dishes like Vegan Tomato Avocado BruschettaJerk Turkey Burgers with Candied Bacon and a Strawberry Basil Pineapple Mocktail. I like to bring a loaf to a cookout as a surprisingly savory baked good--everyone loves it!

Partially-sliced loaf of Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon.

Storage

You can make this loaf ahead of time. Wrap it tightly in foil or keep it in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. You can also keep it frozen for up to 6 months.

Loaf of Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon on a board with herbs.

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Slices of Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon piled on a wooden board.

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Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon sliced on a wooden board.

Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon

August 17, 2021
5 from 8 votes
This savory Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon is full of cheesy, herby and smoky bacon flavor. It's the perfect summer baking project.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves: 10 servings

Ingredients

BREAD:

  • 3 cups Artisan bread flour (You can also use All-purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large egg, room temp.
  • 3 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini, squeezed dry (That's about 1 medium-size!)
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese, organic
  • ¼ cup Homemade pesto (See Notes!)
  • 2 cups chopped cooked bacon (See Notes!)

Instructions

TO MAKE THE BREAD:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with butter and line it with parchment paper, leaving some paper overhanging the sides.
  • In a large-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, oregano, parsley, thyme, paprika, and salt.
  • Add in the egg, milk, melted butter, grated zucchini, pesto, and cheese, mixing everything together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, just until fully combined. The batter should be thick and easy to mix.
  • Fold in the copped bacon.
  • Scrape the batter from the bowl into the prepared loaf pan and evenly spread it out.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out "mostly clean" when inserted in the center.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 20 minutes before lifting the bread out from the pan. Once cooled, remove the bread from the pan and serve by slicing.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Store any leftover bread tightly wrapped in foil paper or an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to 5-6 months.
  • BACON: Place the bacon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-15 minutes or so, flipping the bacon and brushing the opposite side to crisp up evenly. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until it is completely crispy. Remove from oven and carefully roughly chop bacon into medium-size pieces.
  • PESTO: To make homemade pesto, follow my recipe here

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 930mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Made this without the bacon, very tasty, texturally somewhat like a drop biscuit baked into a full loaf. The spice blend is delicious and the pesto flavor comes out nicely.

    • Hi Natalie! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this bread! Definitely one of my faves too! 🙂

  2. This bread looks so addicting and very tasty! My husband and I are so excited to give this a try! We love adding zucchini to anything we are baking and this is recipe is perfect to use up my zucchini! Excited to make this!

  3. I had so many zucchini to use, and this was perfect! The bacon and pesto added such a wonderful savory flavor. It was absolutely delicious!

  4. I love the idea of making a savory loaf. It is to alternate with sweet treats and to relax taste buds! I cannot wait to give it a try! Looks yummy and delicious!

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