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Zucchini Nut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Nut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s August, and my gardens are in full growing production mode. That means that zucchini are plentiful in my kitchen. They show up everywhere in the meals and desserts I prepare.

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Gluten Free
Servings:  24 bars
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Prep Time :30 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Total Time :50 minutes
Course : Dessert, On-the-Go, Snack
Cuisine : American
Diet : Gluten Free
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
Calories 210
Fat 9.4
Carbohydrates 29.8
Protein 2

One of my favorite ways to sneak in this veggie...

I search for new and different ways to prepare this prolific vegetable every year. I try new recipes and experiment with tried-and-true family favorites to adapt into gluten-free versions that are tasty and unique. And, while many cooks across the internet share zucchini bar recipes, you’ll find that this recipe is a little different because it’s baked in a jellyroll pan. Baking in a jellyroll pan makes it thinner, less like a cake, and more bar-like than most recipes I’ve found. The base mixture has been adapted from a zucchini bread recipe passed to me by my mom years ago.

One quality you can always depend on when including zucchini and other grated vegetables in recipes is that they add perfect moistness and sweetness to whatever you make. Using them in your bread, bar, and muffin recipes is another great way to sneak veggies into your picky eaters’ diet.

Gluten-Free Zucchini Nut Bars
Baking in a jellyroll pan makes it thinner, less like a cake, and more bar like than most of the recipes I’ve found.

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Whatever your reason for incorporating the prolific zucchini into your baking and cooking, you’ll find this easy-to-make bar is a great accompaniment. Serve it along with yogurt and berries for breakfast, as a quick afternoon snack by itself, or as a simple dessert with lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

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Zucchini Nut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gluten-Free Zucchini Nut Bars - Just in time to use all that extra zucchini in your garden!
Kymberley @GfreeDeliciously
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert, On-the-Go, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars
Calories 210 kcal

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For the Cream Cheese Frosting

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INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Add the dry ingredients to a bowl, whisk together, and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs, grated zucchini, milk, oil, and vanilla, and stir to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together, stirring into a smooth batter.
  • Prepare a 10 x 15-inch jellyroll pan by lightly spraying the bottom and sides with a gluten-free vegetable-based cooking spray. Spread the batter evenly in the pan, and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting

  • While the bars are baking, combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons of the cream, and the vanilla in a large bowl. Stir together with a hand-held electric mixer to combine the ingredients. Increase the speed of the mixer to medium and blend the mixture to a smooth spreading consistency, adding more cream if necessary.
  • Spread the frosting in an even layer over the cooled bars, top with chopped nuts, cut into 24 evenly spaced squares to serve.
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Nutrition

Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 29.8gProtein: 2gFat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 4.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 32.8mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 39.3mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 17.7gVitamin A: 89.8IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 26.8mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword cream cheese, eggs, nuts, zucchini

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