I scored a really good deal on organic zucchini this week and wanted to make a new sweet tooth recipe that I could use the zucchini in. I headed to Pinterest and quickly found a recipe for carrot and zucchini bars. The original recipe comes from RealMomKitchen (you should definitely check her out, she has lots of tasty recipes!), I changed just a few things in order to meet my families preferences.
Here is what you need:
2 eggs, 3/4 cup sucanat (or brown sugar), 1/2 cup organic olive oil, 1/4 cup local honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cup shredded/chopped carrot, 1 cup shredded/chopped zucchini, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 4 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar
The first thing that I did was put the carrot, zucchini, and walnuts in my food processor. I chopped them all up together before inviting the kids to help me make our sweet treat. If you want a crunchier consistency then you could chop them in larger pieces.
I was pleasantly surprised that none of the kids even questioned the green in the bowl on the counter! I had three little helpers in the kitchen, the hardest part was delegating who did what!
Here is what you do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sucanat, oil, honey, and vanilla. Fold in the carrot, zucchini, and walnuts.
In another bowl combine the flours, baking powder, ginger, and baking soda.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Spread the batter into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.
Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick (or knife) inserted in the center comes out clean.
I distracted the kids with puzzles while the bars baked and cooled…..
Once the cake is cooled, if you can wait that long, you can make the frosting. I cut the frosting in half from the original recipe. Frosting is a treat and in my family a little goes a really long way! Simply beat the frosting ingredients in a bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy. Spread the frosting over the bars.
If you liked this recipe you may like Apple-Cinnamon Bars: Baking with Sucanat & Almond Flour or Homemade Graham Crackers.
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