Green Tomato Bread -

Green Tomato Bread

The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage CookbookMy mother found me another treasure of a cookbook at a thrift store a few months back, The Beverly Lewis Amish heritage Cookbook. Beverly Lewis wrote a series of novels set in the Mennonite community before “Amish” was cool. How many pseudo-reality series are there on the Amish community now? 200? Ok, maybe it just seems that way to cynical me. Even Vanilla Ice is getting in on the act.

I flipped through the cookbook and quickly marked page 34 to come back to at the end of tomato season. We are nowhere near the end of tomato season, thankfully. I probably have another month to go. But in other parts of the country it is starting to get chilly and you may have green tomatoes on the vine that you fear may not ripen. You could make Green Tomato Chow Chow or try one of the tricks mentioned on that blog for ripening them. Or maybe consider this Green Tomato Bread. It is a quick bread that is similar to Zucchini or Carrot Bread.

I had one big green tomato snap off in a windstorm the other day so I picked a few more to equal a cup so I could make a half recipe.  I followed the recipe exactly as printed (and listed below) opting for the honey instead of sugar. Next time I will make a few changes to it based on the Carrot Bread recipe, namely reduce the oil in half and use half a cup of applesauce and swap out some of the flour for whole wheat flour. Don’t get me wrong, the recipe is good as is, I just think it could use a little “healthifying”. Is that even a word? Spell check says no, but I like the sound of it so I am not going to correct it! Besides, you know what I am trying to say, right?

Green Tomato Bread

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time45 minutes
Total time55 minutes
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
From book The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook
Quick bread made with green tomatoes, similar to a zucchini or carrot bread.


  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups sugar (or 1 cup honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups green tomatoes (diced)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup nuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two loaf pans.
In a large bowl combine oil, eggs, sugar (or honey), vanilla and tomatoes.
Add flour baking powder and baking soda and mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins. Pour into prepared loaf pans
Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The tomatoes I picked were barely beginning to ripen which is why the bits of tomato in the picture look slightly orange instead of green.

If you give it a try I’d love to hear how it came out. Do you have any other ideas for green tomatoes besides fried or chow chow?

Until next time, happy eating.


4 thoughts on “Green Tomato Bread”

  1. I tried this recipe and it was ‘okay’. I thought it was pretty sweet and a little odd. I am glad to have a different use for the green tomatoes this year though. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Okay, well after the kiddos got ahold of it, it was gone! So I take back the part about it being too sweet. I baked it in a 9×13 and there was only a smidge left the next morning.
    Thanks again!

  3. I just made it, and substituted 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 the oil. It’s tasty! I made one loaf with walnuts and raisins and the other with just raisins. It’s a bit different as the tomato has more ‘flavor’ than zucchini, and I like it. Thanks.

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