Last updated May 17, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Savory Zucchini and Pesto Bread

Savory Zucchini and Pesto Bread

A ‘quick bread’ is one that’s leavened with baking powder or baking soda instead of yeast. They are usually quite sweet, so most people associate quick breads with flavors like pumpkin, banana or honey and spices. But quick breads are also a wonderful base for savory flavors.

This Savory Zucchini and Pesto Bread is made from three non-glutenous flours: millet, buckwheat, and almond. These help to create a tender texture. As it bakes, the pesto melts into the bread, keeping it moist. It’s a bread full of the flavors of a summer garden, of zucchini and freshly made pesto, with a divine aroma.

Making your own pesto is so easy. Be sure to use the freshest basil you can find. Consider buying a basil plant and grow your own leaves. Even if you don’t have a garden, a sunny kitchen windowsill is the perfect spot for growing a small container of basil.

This Savory Zucchini and Pesto Bread is delicious on its own as a snack or served toasted with breakfast. And when the weather begins to cool, it’s perfect for when you need a little bread to go with a hot bowl of soup.

4.47 from 132 votes
Savory Zucchini and Pesto Bread
Savory Zucchini and Pesto Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Bread, Snack
Servings: 1 8 x 4 inch loaf
Author: Lisa Richards
Zucchini Bread Ingredients
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 1/4 cups millet flour
  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup light buckwheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/3 cup toasted nuts, such as pine nuts or slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pesto (see recipe below)
Pesto Ingredients
  • 2 cups lightly packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts, such as pine nuts or slivered almonds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Directions For Zucchini Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Brush an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with a bit of oil, then line pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Grate zucchini, then place between a few sheets of paper toweling to remove excess moisture. Set aside.

  3. In a medium size bowl, add millet flour, blanched almond flour, light buckwheat flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine, then set aside.

  4. In a small bowl, add almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine, then set aside.

  5. In a large bowl, add the eggs and whisk until pale and frothy. Next add the almond milk and apple cider vinegar mixture and olive oil. Whisk to combine. Then add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Finally fold in grated zucchini and chopped toasted nuts.

  6. Pour bread batter into prepared pan. Dot batter with teaspoonfuls of pesto, then swirl pesto into bread batter with a knife. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
Directions For Pesto
  1. Add basil leaves, toasted nuts, garlic, salt and fresh lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture forms a paste, then gradually add oil, processing until mixture is smooth. 

  2. Pesto can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Pesto can also be frozen. Freeze in an ice cube tray, then store frozen cubes in a plastic freezer bag.

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  1. Gina Tuel says:

    5 stars
    My husband made this bread for sandwiches. He swapped the oil for a quarter cup coconut oil, but this bread was amazing and super tasty toasted and eaten with chili. Thank you for the great recipe!

  2. Michelle Warner says:

    I cannot have millet, buckwheat, or coconut flour. Can I substitute more almond flour or another flour?

    1. Lisa Richards, CNC says:

      Yes that should work 🙂

  3. Tina Blanchard says:

    5 stars
    I do like the taste and texture of this bread.
    It did take 60 minutes for my loaf to bake though.
    I wasn’t sure what you consider a “medium “ zucchini.
    Would rather have had a measurement in cups. Maybe I put too much in and that’s why it took longer to bake.

  4. Sydney Allen says:

    Is there any flour I can find at a store that is candida diet approved? I’d rather buy something than purchase the multiple individual flours. I have used Pamela’s GF baking mix in the past, but I’m not sure this is consistent with candida diet guidelines

  5. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!!
    I am new to the Candida diet and this is a great savoury bread to include. It’s moist and yummy.
    I only used half a zucchini in mine (all I had), and it was honestly the perfect amount.

  6. Adriana Tabone says:

    5 stars
    Can I use chia or flax seeds instead of eggs please?

  7. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Enjoyed this recipe! Next time I will be adding in pitted kalamata olives to reinforce the savory flavors and provide a bit of extra saltiness.

  8. Meg says:

    5 stars
    I used leftover pomegranate juice (all I had), and it turned out great. Needs a little more salt, and next time I’ll mix the pesto in fully prior to putting in bread pan. Otherwise I’m in LOVE with this bread. I was 1/3 c shy on millet flour; adding more almond flour worked great.

  9. Ashni says:

    4 stars
    What is the best way to preserve the bread?? and for how long does it last? My diet just allows me to have a certain portion of this… Thanks!!

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