Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread with Hatch Chiles is a fantastic quick bread recipe. Sweet, smoky and subtly spiced, it's lovely for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert.
This gluten-free zucchini bread doesn't last long in my house.
You can make it with or without the Hatch chiles. While the bread is delicious without them, the chiles add a wonderful smoky, subtly spicy flavor that's excellent with the creamy zucchini.
With a light and moist interior, and slightly crisp crust, this quick bread is lovely with coffee or tea and makes a great start for the day.
Ingredients for Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
- roasted Hatch chiles
- grapeseed oil
- baking soda
- Cup4Cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (Regular all-purpose is okay too -- see Recipe Tips and Substitutions below.)
How to Make it
(More detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.)
- Roast and peel the peppers. (Here's How.)
- Cut the stem end off of each one and use a small paring knife to make a slit in each of the peppers to open them. Remove all of the seeds and set one aside. Then finely chop the others. Grate the zucchini.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line two loaf pans with parchment paper -- on the bottom and sides.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Whisk until it's very smooth. Wring out the zucchini gently with your hands to remove excess moisture. Then fold it into the mixture, along with the finely chopped roasted peppers. Add the flour and baking soda, and mix just until everything is evenly blended.
- Divide the batter between the pans. Slice the stem off of the roasted pepper and cut it in half, lengthwise. Carefully, keeping the pieces intact, remove the seeds with the back of a knife. Then place one piece, smooth side up, on top of the batter in each pan. (This is optional.)
- Bake in the preheated 350°F oven until the top is golden brown, and beginning to crack, about 1 hour.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- Hatch chiles are one of the few chiles where hot and mild can be determined, even though they all look the same. They are typically sold labeled as to which they are -- so this is your call. I usually use a mix of hot and mild for this recipe, about 25% to 75%, respectively.
- I make this using Gluten-Free Cup4Cup All -Purpose Flour, and you can certainly use regular flour if you'd like. The measurements will be the same. (The baking times may vary slightly depending on which one you use.)
- Feel free to add chocolate, coconut or nuts. I suggest mini chocolate chips, shredded sweetened coconut and finely chopped pecans or walnuts. Use about 1½ cups total of whatever you add, or any combination thereof.
- For a regular gluten-free zucchini bread, just omit the chiles.
Can you make it ahead?
While there's nothing quite like a bread right out of the oven, this quick bread will still be delicious if made ahead.
Room temperature. It will keep well for a couple of days in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Refrigerator. It will keep well for about a week in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
Freezer. It will keep well for about two months wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or in a heavy-duty zip-lock bag with all of the air removed in the freezer.
I have Melissa’s Produce to thank for introducing me to Hatch Chiles a handful of years ago, and I’ve been cooking and baking with them ever since. Here's more information about them, and my top recipes I’ve created with them.
They are a prized New Mexican chile and are available only in August and September.
I hope you enjoy this gluten-free Zucchini Bread with Hatch Chiles as much as my family and I do.
More sweet Hatch chile and zucchini recipes:
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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread with Hatch Chiles Recipe
- ¾ to 1 pound (about 7 to 8 peppers) Hatch Chile peppers, roasted and peeled (click here for How to Roast & Peel a Pepper)
- about ⅔ pound zucchini
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups Gluten-Free Cup4Cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Prepare the peppers and zucchini. Roast and peel the peppers. (Here's How to Roast and Peel Peppers). Set one aside for later. Then, cut the stem end off of each one and carefully use a small paring knife or your fingers to make a slit in each of the peppers to open them. Gently remove all of the seeds, and finely chop the chiles. You will need 1 cup of the finely chopped chiles. Set aside. Grate the zucchini. You will need 2 cups of the grated zucchini.
- Preheat the oven and prepare the pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line 2 (approximately 8-inch) loaf pans with parchment paper -- on the bottom and sides. Set aside.
- Make the batter. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Use a whisk or a fork to mix it until it's very smooth. Wring out the zucchini gently with your hands to remove excess moisture.Then fold it into the mixture, along with the finely chopped roasted peppers. Add the flour and baking soda, and mix just until everything is evenly blended. (Do not over mix!)
- Fill the pans and bake. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Slice the stem off of the one remaining roasted pepper and then cut it in half, evenly and lengthwise. Very carefully, keeping the pieces intact, remove the seeds with the back of a knife, place one piece, smooth side up, on top of the batter in each pan. (This is decorative and optional.) Bake in the preheated 350°F oven until the top is golden brown, and beginning to crack, about 1 hour.
- Cool. Let the bread cool in the pans for about 5 minutes. Use a dull knife to go around the edges of the bread to ensure it's loose, and then cool the bread for at least another 20 minutes in the pans on a cooling rack. Lift the bread out with the edges of the parchment paper, slice and serve.
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Made this - Delicious! And, I got a hot one in the bunch - hooray! It added a wonderful lingering sensation and gave my zucchini bread that extra tasty zip I didn't know it needed! From here on out, don't see myself making it any other way....Thank you, Valentina!
Sue, that's awesome! Thank you! xo
Thank you Valentina,
I was looking for a recipe like that.
That looks great!
Thanks, Rosalia! 🙂
This is by far my FAVORITE zucchini bread recipe! I make small loaves and give (some of) them to friends - promoting hatch chiles and your blog at the same time! I use coconut oil and add walnuts and don't test my chiles - I love the surprise of the heat!
Thanks for all the deliciousness you share!
Sue, you're the best! So happy you like this recipe. Thank YOU for sharing in the deliciousness. 😉 xo
Well, it's that time of year again, Valentina! Love this recipe - making a few loaves today. I have taken to replacing the grapeseed oil with coconut oil. It adds a lovely mellow complexity to the bread. Such a great gift for friends and family - and I ALWAYS give you credit and point them to your blog!!! Happy end of summer....xx
Hi Sue, What a fantastic note! Thank you so much. You are so kind to steer friends to my site, and I'm so happy you like this recipe. (Me too!) Happy summer to you too. XOXO ~V
I will have to try this zucchini recipe with chile too. The loaves have such a tender moist texture...absolutely beautiful!
Thank you, Angie! Hope you love it. 🙂 ~Valentina
Mainly because of lack of time and need, living alone, I have never learnt to make bread. At the moment I am tempted altho' I do not think hatch chillies are available in Australia. If I did some homework I am certain Mr Google could find me a reasonable substitute to try and I love anything zucchini ! No - I would not add anything sweet but, yes, it might join me and a big mug of black coffee quite companionably for breakfast in bed . . . one of the few benefits of having my abode to myself . . . 🙂 !
Ooooh, I love that, Eha. A big cup of coffee with a delicious breakfast in bed. Sounds dreamy to me. Hope you had a lovely weekend. 🙂 ~Valentina
David Scott Allen
What a fun combination of heat and sweet! I just got some Hatch chiles from the farmers market and roasting them is today's business at hand. Thanks again for the intro to them!
Awesome, David. My local Farmers Market just today re-opened for the first time since March. It was so great to have our local growers back (and my favorite Hummus, too. 😉 ) I grabbed a bunch of Hatch chiles also. Hope you had fun roasting them over the weekend. 🙂 ~Valentina
Silly me ! I shared it on FB but did not comment : this is definitely perfect time of the year with all the fruits and vegetables available and this bread makes this season even better 1! Thank you and take care 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing, my friend! Hope you love it and that all is well! 🙂 ~Valentina
I'm so intrigued by this flavor combination, Valentina. A bit of sweetness and a bit of spice (like the best people 😉 ). Such a perfect texture too!
Thanks, Marissa, I love the connection of sweet and spice to people. So true! 🙂 ~Valentina
Oh how I miss the smell of fresh Hatch chiles roasting. But, when we lived in the US and did get them I never thought of putting in a quick bread. Brilliant!! We do have a fresh Hungarian green pepper in our markets now that are very close to a Hatch and is more or less mild. I'll be giving those a try and make a loaf for us and my gluten-free neighbor...
Hi Ron! Thanks for checking this out. The Hungarian peppers sound like they'd work really well. Lucky neighbors to have you cooking for them! Hope all is well! 🙂 ~Valentina