Real Food for Real Kids—Zucchini Loaf

A delicious and easy recipe to sneak greens onto the dessert plate

This crowd-favourite recipe is the perfect way to help kids see veggies in a new light. It tastes so yummy, they won’t even realize the star ingredient is zucchini!

Yield: Makes 1 loaf (about 8-10 servings)


2¼ cups shredded green zucchini
1½ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup sunflower oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1¼ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground cloves


1.   Preheat oven to 325°F.
2.   Grate the zucchini into a large bowl (everything is fair game: zucchini shreds, juices, and end scraps).
3.   Add sugar, eggs, oil and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. This will be your wet mix.
4.   In another bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients (your dry mix).
5.   Pour the wet mix over the dry mix and combine well with the wooden spoon.
6.   Pour batter into a greased and floured bread pan. Bake for about 45-60 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry).
7.   Allow it to cool completely inside the pan. This loaf is ultra delicate and will break if you try to remove it while it’s still warm.


Build up your willpower when baking this loaf. It tastes even better if you serve it the next day.
Your kids may assume this decadent loaf is chocolate cake. While we’d never encourage lying, we think it’s okay not to correct them all the time.


Real Food for Real Kids Real Food for Real Kids is a Toronto-based catering company that aims to reconnect children and families to real food by providing delicious, healthy, all-natural meals and snacks – made fresh from scratch.