Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

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Zucchini Bread With Brown Butter Glaze

This is my first zucchini recipe on the blog. Hooray! Especially since I love all things zucchini.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve had some healthier options on the blog lately. I think it has something to do with the pressure of bikini season being upon us, but it also has to do with feeling good. See, it’s totally possible to eat delicious desserts without loading in a ton of butter.

But a little bit for brown butter glaze? Heck yeah. And the bread is full of zucchini, so it all balances out!

Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

I’m teaching until June 21st, which means that while summer is coming, it’s arriving very slowly. For instance, my school system added a day onto the year to make up for a snowstorm, but from a practical perspective, I wonder how much work gets done on that additional day. Do you think it makes a difference?

I read about a company somewhere that doesn’t keep track of worker hours. Instead, employees are held accountable for the quality of their work. If jobs get done on time and well, nobody has any questions. To me, a system like that makes a whole lot of sense.

Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

At the same time, I get why people would be freaked out by an idea like that. While the accountability is there, it’s harder to keep track of everybody and everything, especially if they might not physically be on the premises. But still, I really like the idea. It just seems logical to judge people by their work, not by how many hours they hang out in a location.

That’s why snow day makeups in the summer don’t make much sense to me. We’ve finished grades, cleaned our classrooms, closed out the school year, and all that jazz. Why keep us there? I don’t mind a lot, but it seems a little silly.

Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

Snow day makeups aside, I can always tell by the desserts I bake what time of year it is. Zucchini are getting huge, so we might as well use them (and their delightful moisture) to good use.

If you’ve ever cooked with zucchini, you’ve probably noticed that it packs a ton of moisture. While that can be annoying if you’re trying to  brown it for a stir-fry, it works perfectly in a quick bread. Before I even knew what zucchini was, I was a sucker for the texture of zucchini bread.

Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

And those flecks of green? Just lie to your kids and say they’re soft sprinkles. I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze

Sometimes the quality of our work doesn’t correlate with how many hours we spend at work (in either direction), but at least we’re slowly creeping  toward summer. It’ll get here, I promise!


Zucchini Bread with Brown Butter Glaze


1 cup Greek yogurt (I used the vanilla flavor)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cups oat flour (certified gluten-free)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large grated zucchini, squeezed with a towel to drain excess moisture
Brown Butter Glaze
2 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, vanilla, egg, oil, and both sugars. Mix until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the oat flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until set, 40-50 minutes. Test with a toothpick to ensure that the bread is done. Cool completely.
  6. When the zucchini bread is cool, make the glaze. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and let it cook until golden in color, anywhere from 3-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla and gradually add the milk until the mixture becomes spreadable. If the mixture is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add more milk.
  8. Spread the icing over the cooled zucchini bread. Let it set.
  9. Slice and serve!



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Wow, we end on June 2! BUT, we start mid-August. Brown butter glaze….I’ll take a bowl with a side of bread!
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    1. Mir

      I KNOW. The glaze is ridiculous. I had to do some bowl-licking!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I fully believe that everything in moderation is good! So bring on the healthier and sinfully decadent recipes! This bread sounds fantastic, Mir! I love that you used a browned butter glaze. How creative! Wish this was my breakfast this morning!
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    1. Mir

      Moderation is our friend!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Hurray for soon-to-be-here summer vacations, and TEACHERS!! Meantime, I fully support the marriage of zucchini bread and brown butter glaze. I think brown butter glaze is my new favorite three word combo!
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    1. Mir

      I’m all for celebrating teachers, Kate!

  4. mira

    Love zucchini cake and this one looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it in combination with the glaze! Hope Jue 22 arrives sooner than you expect 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It’s ridiculous with the glaze. Try it!

  5. Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite

    YUM! I love zucchini bread, but adding a delicious glaze to it? Even better!

    1. Mir

      Couldn’t agree more, Rachel!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I LOVE baking with zucchini!!! HOORAY for your first zucchini recipe on the blog!!! I love this and the brown-butter-glaze is amazing!!!

    1. Mir

      I have no idea why it took me so long. And that glaze is one of my go-tos!

  7. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I like the idea of holding someone accountable for the quality of their work vs. the hours they spend doing the job. I mean, some people can spend 40 hours a week putzing around the office and accomplishing nothing. While another can bang out a stellar job in 5 hours. I’ll take the person who does the job well in 5, personally. And I think snow days are silly too. 😉 Anyways, I can’t believe this is your first zucchini recipe, Mir! Well, you totally brought it, that’s for dang sure! Love the healthy mixed with a touch of decadence in the glaze! This bread is totally winning and needs to get up in my belly, pronto! Yumm Yumm! Cheers, dear!
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    1. Mir

      Exactly. I work super fast, but it’s good work (I hope). And then people think I’m rushing. I’m not! So there you go.

  8. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Ooooooh – I LOVE zucchini bread! Add brown butter glaze – all the better!! I bet if you brought this in for the powers that be they’d have your last day June 20th…maybe even sooner! 😉
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    1. Mir

      I wish that would change their minds!

  9. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Hang in there! Until school ends, at least you’ve got plenty of delicious zucchini bread 🙂

    1. Mir

      Hanging in…but it’s tough!

  10. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I love zucchini bread, it’s so flavorful! seriously no one can guess that there’s a healthy vegetable inside! I love the brown butter glaze!
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    1. Mir

      And the veggie does the BEST things for texture!

  11. Mary Frances

    Yummy!! This looks so good. I wish I could have a piece of it right now. Love the addition of the glaze.

    1. Mir

      Thanks! The glaze makes the cake!

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