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Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread

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This Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread is not only incredibly moist and delicious, but also a festive looking quick bread for the Holidays!

I absolutely LOVE lemon desserts, they are my favorite. We have made a lot of them including our popular Lemon Brownies, Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake (so moist), Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls, and Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars to just name a few.

Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread Recipe

Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread

Ingredients needed:

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Lemon Zest
  • Zucchini
  • Dried Cranberries

Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread


It might seem a bit odd to some of you adding zucchini to a sweet bread, but there is a very good reason. The zucchini adds and helps lock in the moisture of the bread. You will not taste any of the zucchini at all, but still get the benefits of the healthy nutrients. This is a great way to slip in some veggies to kids that are picky eaters. Plus, we think that the colors of the zucchini and cranberries give this bread such a festive look for the Holidays.


Lemon is such a versatile fruit that we can use in so many Lemon Brownies or savory dishes. The simple addition of lemon juice or lemon zest gives any dish that wow factor. You are going to love the amount of lemon in this bread. It’s the perfect amount!

Zucchini Lemon Loaf Batter


Dried cranberries contain the same nutrients as fresh cranberries and also really add such a nice flavor to this bread. You can plump up the dried cranberries by simply soaking them in hot water and then let them stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain before using them in the recipe. You can replace fresh cranberries in this recipe as well. Use 1 1/4 cups of fresh cranberries to replace the dried if you prefer.

Cranberry Quick Bread in loaf pan

Tips for the perfect Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread:

  • You can top this bread with a Lemon Glaze. We personally think it’s great without it, but will give it an extra burst of lemon for all of our lemon lovers! Whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted) and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Poke holes in the top of the bread and brush the glaze over the warm loaf.
  • Lemon zest is the outer yellow layer of the lemon. Use a lemon zester to easily remove the zest.
  • You can leave the cranberries out of this recipe if you prefer and this is still a wonderful Lemon Zucchini Bread.
  • Take the butter and eggs out of the fridge 40 minutes before starting.


Servings: 16

Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
This Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread is not only incredibly moist and delicious, but also a festive looking quick bread for the Holidays! 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup dried cranberries divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in lemon zest. Fold in shredded zucchini and 3/4 cup of the cranberries. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 3 minutes. Gradually add in the sugar and continue beating for another 2-3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Add lemon juice. Now, gradually add the flour mixture and milk. Mix on low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

  4. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan and top with remaining cranberries. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes.

  5. Let the bread cool in pan 10 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread
Amount Per Serving (16 g)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 234IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cranberry Lemon Zucchini Bread

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