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Apple Walnut Zucchini Bread ~ if you could pack late summer/early fall into a bundt pan and bake it up, this is what you’d get, a moist cake loaded with shredded zucchini, crunchy walnuts, and chunks of tart Granny Smith apple.  A sweet nutmeg glaze finishes it off.

apple walnut zucchini bread, with a slice on a plate

I don’t know about you but when I start to crave fall and it’s still a month or more away I start to bake in an effort to will it into existence.  Kind of like doing a little rain dance to bring on the cooler weather.  The downside is that this doesn’t usually work.  The upside is you get some pretty nice things to snack on while you wait for the temps to drop.

An apple walnut zucchini bread with dripping nutmeg glaze on a wooden table

Apples, walnuts, zucchini, some pantry staples and a bundt pan are just about all you need to turn your kitchen into a fall wonderland.  You can whip it up in one (big!) bowl, which makes this zucchini bread recipe clean up friendly, too.

Making the batter for apple walnut zucchini bread

An apple walnut zucchini bread with dripping nutmeg glaze

Bundt cakes are ideal for brunch or lunch entertaining because they make a pretty presentation and they can serve a crowd.

An apple walnut zucchini bread cooling

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Tips for making the best apple walnut zucchini bread ~

  • Use a standard sized bundt pan, I used this one from Wilton.
  • Prep your pan well.  Mine was new, so all I needed was a light spray, but if yours is older, butter it well, and dust with flour.
  • If possible, grate your zucchini with the grating blade of your food processor rather than a box grater, because the shreds are bigger, dryer, and show up better in the baked bread.
  • Chop your apple into a small dice…I chopped mine a little too big and I didn’t like the random chunks in the cake.
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Apple Walnut Zucchini Bread

Apple Walnut Zucchini Bread ~ if you could pack late summer/early fall into a bundt pan and bake it up, this is what you’d get, a moist cake loaded with shredded zucchini, crunchy walnuts, and chunks of tart Granny Smith apple. A sweet nutmeg glaze finishes it off.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Calories 457kcal


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (you can also use a nut oil (I love walnut oil)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, more if you love it
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, remember to fluff it first, then scoop, then level for an accurate measurement.
  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced (do not peel)
  • 1 1/2 cup rough chopped walnuts


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • milk or cream to thin, several tablespoons
  • freshly grated nutmeg


  • chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350F Spray a nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray, or lightly butter and flour the pan, tapping off any excess flour.
  • In a very large bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, and oil together. Blend in the spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Fold in the flour, then zucchini, apple, and walnuts. Turn into the bundt pan and smooth out if necessary.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it (moist crumbs are fine.)
  • Let cool 10 minutes, then loosen the cake around all edges with a blunt knife, and invert onto a platter or cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.
  • To make the glaze, whisk the sugar with enough milk or cream to make a pourable glaze. Start with 3 Tbsp and work up from there. Add freshly grated nutmeg to taste.
  • Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and top with a dusting of crushed walnuts.


Calories: 457kcal


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  • Reply
    July 3, 2020 at 10:19 am

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this later. I did some subs to make it healthier. I’ll post the exchanges if it tastes good haha. Thanks for the great pictures and easy to finite directions.

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    Diane Dennis
    May 28, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Soooo unhealthy with 2 cups of sugar! I had to stop it right there…

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      May 29, 2020 at 6:35 am

      Remember it’s a large bundt cake, and meant to be a treat! But you might experiment with lowering the sugar, it’s usually safe to reduce by 1/3 in a recipe without affecting things too much.

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    April 4, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I am anxious to try this wonderful combination of apple and zucchini. Can you make this in a 9 x 13 pan??

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      April 4, 2020 at 11:06 am

      You could, but I think it would make a thin cake, so watch the baking time. I also have a classic zucchini cake that bakes in a 9×13 pan, here, which you might add apples to.

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    September 1, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Fairly straightforward recipe. Pretty easy too. My complaint is around the amount of oil and sugar. I wish I had apple sauce on hand! I also over grated my zucchini with the kitchen aid. The bundt cake came out very moist. Overall, lovely bundt cake. Would make again with minimal changes. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 8, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    This was most excellent. I made a few changes. 1- 1/2 cups sugar, 2/3 cup oil. Added 1/2 cup of my homemade applesauce and instead of cinnamon, I used cinnamon chips. I also roasted my walnuts before chopping.

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    October 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Can this be made with almond flour?

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      October 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      I haven’t tried that Ricci, I think you’d have to blend in another gf flour with the almond to give it enough structure.

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    September 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious! A real hit at a pot luck I attended. Thank you!

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    September 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    5 stars
    Sue! You’ve done it again! My kid would never eat zucchini muffins. But I really wanted to give this a try-if anything just to bring the fall season around faster here at our home. Needless to say, this was fast to mix up and it won over my picky kid and husband! I used cream in the glaze as milk, to me, doesn’t give it a creamy taste. Nutmeg in the glaze was a hit too. Thank you for all of your fabulous recipes,

    • Reply
      September 14, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      You’re so welcome Genevieve, and I don’t know where you live, but here in Los Angeles Fall always needs to be coaxed along too…

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    September 9, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    When you say “whisk” do you mean a hand held whisk or the whisk attachment on an electric kitchen aid mixer. Many recipes I see use this term, and I’m not sure how to “whisk”. I can’t wait to make this

    • Reply
      September 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Sorry for the confusion, I mean a hand held whisk Jabeve.

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    September 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Can you use regular loaf pans instead? If so will this do 1 or 2 loaves?

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      September 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      It would definitely be 2 loaves, Kat, just watch the cooking time, I haven’t done it so I can’t tell you for sure how long to bake.

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    September 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    5 stars
    This cake was delicious! I made as is, except I used sprouted wheat flour, only 1 cup of sugar in the batter and I left out the nuts. It was so moist amd delicious. I’m about to make it again, except trying as muffins.

    • Reply
      September 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Let us know how the muffins turn out Tammy 🙂

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    September 4, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I will DEFINATELY have to try! I am curious, why do you leave peel on Apples? Wondering what kind of texture it has in the bread?

    • Reply
      September 4, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Go ahead and peel the apples if that’s what you normally do, I just leave it on because to me it doesn’t make much of a difference. The peel bakes up very soft.

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    August 23, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Can the batter be kept in the fridge overnight, or frozen for later use?

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      August 24, 2018 at 5:45 am

      I think the batter would be fine overnight in the fridge, and I’ve never frozen batter, so I don’t know about that.

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    August 16, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Can you make this in a bread pan? Thank you!!

    • Reply
      August 16, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Sure, I think you could probably get 2 loaves out of it.

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    Muna Kenny
    August 15, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Lovely, moist, and delicious looking cake. This is everything I want in my apple cake 🙂

    • Reply
      August 15, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      🙂 I’m glad you liked it Muna!

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    August 11, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Sue, if I reduced the 2 cups of sugar to 1, would it change the “science” of the recipe or would it still work?
    Beautiful website. Thanks for your creations!

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      August 11, 2018 at 10:49 am

      I’m not the most informed baking scientist Kathy, but I do know that reducing the sugar by that much would throw off the chemistry…without reconfiguring the whole recipe, I’d say you’d be safe to reduce the sugar by as much as 30% without a problem, so that would be a little over 1/2 cup less. You might add a little more flour to compensate.

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        August 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

        Another way to reduce the sugar in this recipe would be to omit the glaze.

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        December 5, 2018 at 10:24 am

        Do you know if adding applesauce in place of some of the sugar would work?

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          December 5, 2018 at 10:59 am

          I haven’t tried that, but the issue might be that sugar is granular and applesauce is wet, so that might upset the balance of ingredients for baking.

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    Jane Lustgarten
    August 11, 2018 at 7:09 am

    I have a [email protected], this will make a great addition to my breakfast table.
    Waiting for that cookbook.

    • Reply
      August 11, 2018 at 7:31 am

      It’s perfect for a B&B, I need to make a reservation! I’m working on the latter…;)

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    August 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    This is a fantastic recipe, Sue! I especially love that it’s a harbinger of fall. Those of us in the desert can’t wait for a few cool breezes to come our way – making it reasonable, once again, turn on the oven and bake a beauty like this!

    • Reply
      August 11, 2018 at 7:06 am

      I know the feeling David, bring on the cool breezes!!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Nothing beats a bundt Sue! And I’ve got a few zucchini from my brother-in-law’s garden that will be perfect for this one!

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      August 11, 2018 at 6:53 am

      I rediscovered bundts big time this year Mary Ann and now they’re my favorite thing to bake 🙂

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    August 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    That’s one loaded zucchini cake! The texture is perfectly moist and dense..lovely!

    • Reply
      August 11, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Thanks Angie, I did load it up with zucchini, I like to see the green shreds in there when I bake with it, otherwise, what’s the point?

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I’m so ready for fall baking and need to start with this gorgeous cake. You really nailed it with this beauty – a terrific combination of flavors and textures. Who could resist a slice or two?

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      August 11, 2018 at 6:54 am

      I’m ready for fall all year long…

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        November 7, 2018 at 6:49 pm

        Can you use butter instead of oil.

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          November 7, 2018 at 6:51 pm

          I think that should be fine, just melt and cool it before you use.