preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon gingerbread spice OR ground ginger

1 packed cup shredded zucchini

1/2 cup well drained, packed cup crushed pineapple

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Generously butter a 9×5 loaf pan.

Beat sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each just until blended.

In a separate bowl, using a wire whisk, combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and gingerbread spice. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Beat until just blended. Don’t overmix. Stir in zucchini, pineapple, vanilla, and other ingredients (if using.) Stir just until evenly distributed. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or just until a wooden skewer comes out with a few moist crumbs when inserted into the center of the loaf.

Cool bread in pan for 15 minutes before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack. Dust completely cooled bread with a little powdered sugar, if you wish!

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