Zucchini bread has a squishy moist texture and you can enjoy them as a sweet or a savory treat!
Since it’s also easy to make, most of us prepare it in huge batches, so we usually end up with plenty of leftovers. As a result, you might be wondering “what to do with leftover zucchini bread?”.
In today’s guide, we’ll provide you with 5 ideas and recipes to utilize your leftover bread. So without further ado, let’s jump right in!
Starting off with one of the most popular solutions if you have extra loaves of zucchini bread. This recipe works because zucchini bread is juicy and soft.
Zucchini bread pudding is also easy and doesn’t need a lot of time or special tools/skills to make.
The recipe yields around 5 to 6 servings, so adjust the ingredients accordingly. Here’s how to prepare it:
- 1 or 2 slices of zucchini bread
- 2 room temperature eggs
- 2 cups of half-and-half milk
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of 4:1 brown sugar/cinnamon mix (optional)
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 °F
- Meanwhile, cut the zucchini bread into small cubes, and put them in a buttered standard-sized baking dish
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, and sugar together.
- Add the melted butter slowly to the bowl mix while whisking until fully combined, then pour the mix over the bread pieces
- Dust the brown sugar/cinnamon mix over the zucchini bread cubes for added sweetness and flavor
- Bake for 30 minutes, then allow the bread to cool down before serving.
Turning zucchini bread into truffles is a relatively easy job. It’s also a versatile recipe that you can adjust to your liking.
The ingredients in this recipe yields anywhere between 5 to 15 servings, as it highly depends on your preferred truffle size. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 to 2 slices of leftover zucchini bread
- 1/3 cup crushed nuts
- 1/4 white or dark chocolate cut into small pieces
- 1 cup of cream cheese frosting
- In a large bowl, cut or crumble the leftover zucchini bread into very small pieces, then mix it with 1/4 cup of the nuts. You can also use the hand blender for this.
- Add the cream cheese frosting gradually while stirring until the mixture becomes semi-solid
- Once the mixture reaches the desired consistency, scoop it out and roll it into small balls. You can also cut it into cubes, then lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Use the remaining crushed nuts for garnishing and put the frosting balls/cubes in the freezer for 20 to 40 minutes.
Zucchini bread croutons are among the easiest leftover zucchini bread recipes that you can make.
They’re ideal if you don’t have many ingredients too, as you’ll only need olive oil and salt as the other main ingredients.
This recipe yields 4 servings, but you can double or even triple the ingredients if your baking sheet is large enough. Here’s how to make some delicious zucchini bread croutons:
- 4 slices of leftover zucchini bread (whether dry or still moist)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/4 tablespoon of sea salt
- 1/4 tablespoon of garlic powder (optional)
- 1/4 tablespoon of 1:1:1 dried herb mix (oregano, thyme, basil)
- A dash of freshly ground pepper (optional)
- Start by preheating the oven to around 320 – 350 °F.
- Meanwhile, lay some parchment paper over a baking sheet large enough for the slices.
- Lay your zucchini bread slices on the baking sheet and coat them with olive oil. You can either use a silicone brush or drizzle it over the slices.
- Cut the oil-drizzled zucchini bread slices into small cubes and toss them around so that they’re evenly coated with the oil.
- Sprinkle the dried herbs, garlic powder, and sea salt evenly over the zucchini bread cubes. You can also use more oil if some parts are still uncoated.
- Put the baking sheet into the oven until the edges of the zucchini bread cubes start to brown. This typically takes around 30 minutes for dry zucchini bread and up to 45 minutes for moist zucchini bread.
- Serve while warm or cooled down as a snack
Nothing says a weekend treat like some tasty French toast! If you like this classic breakfast meal, you’d be delighted to know that you can make it with zucchini bread as well!
The recipe works best if your zucchini bread was extra sweet and moist with applesauce base. However, you can prepare it with just about any zucchini bread recipe out there.
The following recipe yields around 10 to 12 slices of French toast. Here’s how it works:
- 2 to 4 slices of leftover zucchini bread (preferably thick ones)
- 1 cup of full-cream milk
- 8 eggs (or 6 large ones)
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder (optional)
- Start by preparing the dunking batter for the French toast by whisking the eggs in a shallow bowl, once it’s fully combined, pour the milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon, then keep whisking until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Melt the unsalted butter on a skillet over medium heat while swirling it around so that it doesn’t burn.
- Using a fork, dip one of the zucchini bread slices into the egg batter until fully covered. You can cut the slices into smaller pieces to fit the bowl.
- Once the slice is fully dipped, place it on the heated skillet and let it cook until the bottom turns golden brown.
- Flip the zucchini bread slice on the other side, and allow it to cook until the other side is also golden brown.
- Repeat the previous process with other slices of zucchini until you’re done.
- Serve the zucchini bread French toast plain or top it with some maple syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or jam.
All kinds of sweet bread can be used to prepare some delicious homemade parfait, including zucchini bread. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 slice of zucchini bread
- 1/4 cup of frozen yogurt
- 1/4 cup of mixed nuts
- Frozen fruits of your choice
- Whipped cream
- In a parfait glass, place a bottom layer of the zucchini bread, top it off with some frozen yogurt
- Sprinkle some mixed nuts of frozen fruit pieces of your choice, then top them off with an extra layer of zucchini bread and frozen yogurt
- Repeat if necessary
- Finish with some whipped cream on top, and chill in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving
This wraps it up for today’s guide which shows you all the different ways to use your leftover zucchini bread to make something delicious!
As you can see, there are tons of ways to reuse your zucchini bread leftovers, whether you’re looking for a savory or sweet fix!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.