Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread

April 25, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
This Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread comes with a burst of lemony flavor and is perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread is the perfect recipe for spring and summer baking! This bread comes with a fluffy + soft texture and a savory and tart flavor combo from the lemon + zucchini. Whipped together in just one bowl. Minimal ingredients needed. All vegan. Gluten-free option available.

Loaf of Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread with the end sliced off

Bread is always that one thing that has my heart---always! I don't know what it is but this Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread is no different. During the Spring, I love baking light, flavorful sweets and this one surely lives up to that.

The best part about this is that you can get a bit of veggies in without even noticing it. Who doesn't love that, right?

While I do have many other favorites on the blog when it comes to bread recipes, this one has been a refreshing new favorite for this season. Besides, I figured that there wouldn't be a better way to celebrate National Zucchini Day.

Ingredients for Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread including lemons, almond milk, and sugar

How to Make Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread

This is a simple recipe to make. And chances are you probably already have the ingredients on hand. Here’s what you need to know about the ingredients for this Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread.

Baking pan full of Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread dough


  • Zucchini. You’ll want to ensure that you remove all the liquid out of the grated zucchini by squeezing it a few times with paper towel.
  • All-purpose flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur’s organic flour, which is certified vegan.
  • Baking powder.
  • Cane sugar. Again, choose organic to make sure it’s vegan.
  • Almond milk. You can use any plant-based milk, including a nut-free option like oat or soy milk.
  • Lemon juice. My trick is to combine vegan milk with some lemon juice is to make vegan “buttermilk.” It’s tangy and acidic, which helps the baking soda rise. Plus, it adds additional lemony flavor.
  • Vegan butter. I like to bake with the buttery sticks from Earth Balance, they’re easy to measure.
  • Lemon zest. I love adding lemon zest for an extra kick of flavor.

Whisk in a bowl of lemon glaze

Serving Suggestions for Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread

You can serve this bread when it’s still a bit warm---just know that the glaze won't be as thick, but it'll melted enough into the bread for extra moisture. If you’re serving the bread for breakfast, enjoy this with a cup of my Iced Maple Cinnamon Oat Latte Caramel Coffee Ice Cubes Latte, Sugar Cookie Latte, or Iced Chai Latte.

Overhead shot of glazed Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread

Looking for a Healthier Sweetener Option?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.


Store leftover Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can freeze the bread for up to three months. To serve, defrost on the counter, then slice and serve at room temperature or heat in the microwave for 10 seconds.

Loaf of Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread on a wire rack

Can I Make Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread?

This bread is already vegan, but it’s easy to make gluten-free too! Usually when turning my breads into gluten-free bread, I simply swap regular all-purpose flour for the gluten-free all-purpose from Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur. It’s usually a pretty equal swap, but I always recommend slightly adjusting the liquids to ensure that it’s not too wet. I talk more about this in the recipe notes!


Slice of glazed Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread


If you make this Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread, let me know what you think! Tag @orchidsnsweettea_ on Instagram and hashtag it #orchidsandsweettea

Loaf of Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread with the end sliced off

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread

April 25, 2022
4.15 from 7 votes
This Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread comes with a burst of lemony flavor and is perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert. Gluten-Free option.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves: 8 servings



  • 3 cups organic all-purpose flour (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, squeezing out all liquid (See Notes!)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk)
  • 2 tsps freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsps vegan butter, melted


  • 2 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsps Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk)



  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it using vegan butter or coconut oil.
  • In a bowl, add the milk and lemon juice, stirring it together and letting the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes or until it slightly thickens and everything "activates".
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, and sea salt and whisk until combined.
  • Stir in the milk-lemon mixture, grated zucchini, and melted butter, mixing until combined and the batter become thick and smooth. NOTE: DO NOT OVER-MIX!
  • Pour batter in the prepared loaf pan (evenly spreading it out).
  •  Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife that is inserted in the middle comes out clean. NOTE: Midway, I like to poke VERY SMALL holes all over the bread to allow heat to penetrate through and to ensure it cooks through.
  • Once done, remove bread from oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before gently removing it from loaf pan to cool completely.


  • In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and freshly-squeezed lemon juice until smooth and the glaze is thick enough, but slowly slides off whisk when lifted. NOTE: If too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk; if too thin, add 1-2 Tbsps more of the powdered sugar.
  • Once cooled, drizzle the glaze atop bread, slice and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Refrigerate leftover bread by tightly wrapping it in foil paper or keeping it fully covered in a cake stand—lasts up to a week. Can also be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • FREEZE: You can freeze the bread for up to three months. To serve, defrost on the counter, then slice and serve at room temperature or heat in the microwave for 10 seconds. 
  • GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make this bread GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). NOTE: If the bread mixture is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, ¼ cup at a time.
  • GRATED ZUCCHINI: After peeling and grating the zucchini, be sure to add the 1 cup of grated zucchini to a paper towel and squeeze out all juices/liquid to ensure that it doesn't prevent the bread from fully baking through. I do this once or twice to ensure that all liquid is gone.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg


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Vegan Lemon Zucchini Bread.

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