9.04.2009

Friday's try a bloggy friend recipe- Zucchini Bars

It's been a few weeks since I posted a bloggy friend's recipe! This is such a busy time of year isn't it?!

Well, this week I bring you a fabulous zucchini bar from Kathie at The Garden of life. I love Kathie's blog. She is a wonderful photographer, a fabulous cook, a great mom to three very handsome young men, and she has the cutest doggy! Oh yes, and she is also just adorable!

I have been wanting to make these bars ever since I saw them. Kathie says that she has been making them for as long as she can remember and that the recipe is from her mom.

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I had to change Kathie's recipe just a touch as I was missing a couple of the ingredients. Here is the way I did it:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut
Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Cream sugars, vanilla, and butter. Stir in the eggs, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Then add the zucchini, coconut and almonds to the mix. Stir to combine.

Spread mixture into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting I used:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
In a large bowl combine the cinnamon, milk, butter, and extracts. Stir in the powdered sugar a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached. Spread evenly over bars.

Cut into equal squares and enjoy.

These are so fabulous! You must try them ASAP!!

Please go say hello to Kathie and check out the original recipe.

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37 comments:

Jenn said...

Mmmm...Those bars look really good. A nice way to those zucchini. I'm adding this to my try recipe. Yum!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

A great way to use zucchini, I bet it tastes wonderful with almonds.


Angie's Recipes

Dajana said...

You still have lots of zucchini in your garden? Mine are gone for this year, back to the store bought ones, yikes.

Great recipe. I'd love to try it.

Queen B. said...

Those look so good !!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh that sounds good, and zucchini as well, very good for you.
xoxo

Cucinista said...

I like the look of these! A great variation on carrot cake.

Erica said...

Those bars look delicious!!!Interesting way to use zucchini.

5 Star Foodie said...

Zucchini bars sound fantastic! The addition of coconut and almonds sounds excellent!

♥peachkins♥ said...

these zucchini bars look great!

TheKitchenWitch said...

I've got a ton of zukes still, and this looks like a great way to use them!

girlichef said...

Yum. These sound really delicious!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

These look moist and delicious!! A perfect treat!

Mary said...

This is a great way to use zucchini. This recipe will be put to good use.

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

Good, finally I have a new way of cooking up the three pounds of zucchini I have in the fridge!

Julia said...

I dont know what makes me hungry quicker, this zuc bar or the burger in the previous post. Both are the right kind of comforting yumminess that I ALWAYS crave. I say again, it's a good thing you are not my neighbor cause you'd probably hate me after I invaded you house for the 1 millionth time to steal food. :)

Joanne said...

mmmm I am making zucchini bread today and you are reminding me why I am doing so. I would not have thought to make bars though. Next week!

{kiss my spatula} said...

so happy i have zucchini!! this is a must try!

Kathy B! said...

I just gave away my last zucchini and now I am kicking myself because after a summer of excess production? There is no way I am buying one!!

I still have one or two on the vine, though...

~Kathie~ said...

I am so glad you tried these bars! And I love the changes you made- I may have to try the coconut extract next time I make them!

teresa said...

i love the coconut frosting, these look fabulous!

Katy ~ said...

Yummm... so moist. Love the coconut frosting. Seems like such a tasty addition to these luscious bars.

noble pig said...

Looks good!

Faith said...

These look incredible and so moist! I love the addition of coconut...yum!

MaRiN said...

Zucchini has pretty muched died off here, but I'll have to check the grocery store for some because these look yummy!

Palidor said...

They do look absolutely fabulous! So nice and moist.

Ash said...

They do look really good! I have yet to make something sweet with Zucchini... these might have to be it!

Velva said...

Great idea to try a bloggy friend recipe. These zucchini bars look really good. I know they were super moist too-YUM!!!!

diaperdad said...

Yummm. I've been making that as a loaf for years, recipe from my mom, but sounds even better with icing. Great site, I'm always looking for new ideas with my boys. Do all toddler live for variety? Mine always wants something new!

Krista said...

Yum! I love the addition to coconut. They look wonderful!

Kate said...

I have made zucchini cake but never bars...they have all of the things I love..nuts and coconut!

I am going to give them a try. Thanks!

Little Miss Baker said...

MMM bars sound different! I have had bread and muffins but never bars :) Will def have to try even though I don't grow delicious zucchini in my back yard!!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a great way to use up your garden zucchini!

nora@ffr said...

never tried this way! sound great!! cheers!

Marta said...

What a great recipe and blog to showcase! these bars look moist and delicious!

Megan said...

I love having an alternative to zucchini bread. These sound wonderful! Thumbs up for this fabulous find!

burpandslurp said...

Ah, I love it when bloggers try each other's recipes. This is a winner and a keeper! Very nutritious, too!

Jamie said...

Yum yum yum! I used to make something vaguely similar but as I am the only one to eat it I stopped. Maybe these bars would do the trick. They look great!

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