This carob zucchini bread makes a delicious AIP dessert. It's easy to make. It's the perfect way to use up some zucchini!
If you are facing an abundance of zucchini from your garden or you just have a ton of zucchini to use up, you will love my "30 AIP zucchini recipes" post. You will find anything from Savoury zucchini muffins (AIP, vegan, gluten free) to Cold zucchini soup to Juicing with zucchini (zucchini and apple juice).
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Last week I published a very French recipe, a savory zucchini bread: my AIP zucchini and tuna bread recipe. This was pretty new to many of my international readers, more used to sweet zucchini breads recipes. So this week, will be the exact opposite of last week. Those who were intrigued by my zucchini and tuna bread recipe won’t be impressed by this carob zucchini bread, whereas, French people will be very intrigued by this sweet zucchini bread. 😂
I love this! That’s the beauty of culture differences!! So much, that, as a French girl, I literally had to do my research on sweet zucchini breads because I've never tried one before creating this recipe. So I really hope that it will be up to your expectations, as I have absolutely no comparison.
Only thing I can tell you, is that I think this recipe is delicious (otherwise, I wouldn’t have published it 😅). But I can’t tell you if it tastes like the real thing. So if you are a “connaisseur” of sweet zucchini breads do not hesitate to let me know what you think about this recipe.
⭐ Why you'll love this recipe
- This carob zucchini bread is super easy to make.
- A delicious way to use up an abundance of zucchini.
- This recipe is gluten free, cassava free, coconut free, vegan, paleo and AIP compliant.
📖 Ingredient notes
- Zucchini. Do not peel the zucchini before grating (leave the skin on). And do not drain out, or squeeze out any of the liquid from the zucchini as you will need all the moisture from the zucchini to make the dough.
- Arrowroot. It is a starch. See notes below for substitutions.
- Carob powder. It is an AIP compliant cacao powder alternative. It is made from dried, roasted carob tree pods. It has a lighter flavour than cacao powder. It tastes a little bit like caramel.
- Tigernut flour. (or almond flour for those who are not on AIP nor nut free). If you don't know what tigernut flour is and want to learn all about it, you can read my post What is tigernut flour.
If you are on AIP and still in the elimination phase, you have to use tigernut flour (because almond flour is not AIP compliant). Those who are not on AIP nor allergic to nuts can use almond flour instead of tigernut flour.
For the quantities and complete list of ingredients for this carob zucchini bread recipe, please see the recipe card below.
- Arrowroot substitutions. If you are not cassava intolerant, you can substitute it with tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour). If you are not on AIP nor Paleo diets: you can use potato starch or corn starch instead of arrowroot.
- Maple syrup. If you want to reduce the maple syrup quantity in this recipe, I suggest replacing it by same quantity of oil, water or coconut milk.
🥣 Step by step instructions
In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (tigernut flour, arrow root, baking soda and carob powder).
In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar and grated zucchini). Stir.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until well combined. As you keep mixing with your spoon, the humidity of the grated zucchini will allow you to form a dough.
Line or lightly oil a rectangular 4 x 8 inches (10 x 20 cm) baking tin and transfer the batter into the tin.
Bake for about 30 minutes for the loaf. To make sure that it is cooked, insert a thin bladed knife into the centre of the zucchini bread, the knife should come out clean. And voilà! Wait for it to cool down completely before removing from the tin. Serve at room temperature.
Never open the oven door before the end of the baking time (unless, of course, in case of a danger or problem with your oven). If you open the oven door during the baking time, just to "check how it looks", your carob zucchini bread will fall down or won't rise.
💬 Recipe FAQs
Yes! You can make this, either as a loaf or muffins. Just bake the muffins for about 20 minutes (instead of 30 minutes).
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📋 Recipe / Recette
Carob zucchini bread (Coconut free, AIP, paleo)
- 200 grams (2 cups) grated zucchini
- 150 grams (1 cup + ⅓ cup) tigernut flour (if you are not on AIP nor nut intolerant, you can use almond flour instead of tigernut flour)
- 50 grams (¼ cup + 1 Tbsp) arrowroot (see notes)
- 4 Tablespoons carob powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 60 millilitres (¼ cup) maple syrup (see notes if you want to reduce quantity)
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 360° F (180° C)
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (tigernut flour, arrow root, baking soda and carob powder).
- In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar and grated zucchini). Stir.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until well combined. As you keep mixing with your spoon, the humidity of the grated zucchini will allow you to form a dough.
- Line or lightly oil a rectangular 4 x 8 inches (10 x 20 cm) baking tin and transfer the batter into the tin. Or choose a muffin pan if you want to make muffins instead of a loaf.
- Bake for about 30 minutes for the loaf (or for about 20 minutes for the muffins). To make sure that it is cooked, insert a thin bladed knife into the centre of the zucchini bread, the knife should come out clean (see notes for further tips). And voilà! Wait for it to cool down completely before removing from the tin. Serve at room temperature.Bon appétit !
- Although I spend quite a lot of time converting all my recipes to cups (yes, manually, in my kitchen!) I highly recommend using a scale and measuring for weight rather than using cups. The reason for this is, apart from the whole debate on accuracy, the density of certain gluten free flours and starches differ a lot from one brand to another. Also keep in mind that all cups are not the same size all around the world which makes another good reason to use a scale so you won’t get this issue.
- If you are not cassava intolerant, you can use tapioca flour instead of arrowroot. Both are AIP compliant. If you are not on the AIP diet you can use potato or corn starch instead of arrowroot.
- If you want to reduce the maple syrup quantity, I suggest replacing it by same quantity of oil, water or coconut milk.
- Tigernut flour has the tendancy to dry out when overcooked. Just a few more minutes in the oven can change your carob zucchini bread texture. So I recommend being careful not to overcook it. Personnaly, I like it when it is just a tiny bit undercooked. But as usual, it's a question of personal preferences.
- Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
This was a great recipe! I was so surprised to have it come out like a muffin without any flour. So good! How do you store leftovers? Can these be frozen? I don’t want to eat them all at once lol 😂
Hi Kat. Thanks for your nice comment.🥰 Yes, they freeze very well.
My 11yo loves this recipe and so do I! Weighing vs using US cups definitely makes the recipe turn out better. I’ve made it both ways and weighing is definitely the winner. I subbed 1/3 of the carob for cacao (because we aren’t strict aip) and added a couple teaspoons of real mushrooms 5 defenders and lions mane mushroom powders. I think it really elevates the flavor though we’ve come to love the carob flavor. 20 min wasn’t quite enough for my oven at 360*f so I left than in another 5 or so min. Kiddo ate 2 of them while they were still piping hot because they are just that good!! I love how they aren’t crumbly or gooey, the sponginess is perfect!! Thank you!
Bonjour Monday. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. Great subs! And I'm thrilled to hear that both you and your son love this recipe! ❤️❤️ I'm not surprised that you had to adjust the baking time. It always varies from one oven to the other.