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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sneaky Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars

I made these sneaky chocolate chip zucchini bars yesterday to use up some of my surplus of garden fresh zucchini. I got the recipe over at 2 Kids and Tired Cooks. I'm happy to report that my kids ate these without even thinking twice about the fact that there was a vegetable in it! They couldn't even tell! I think they kind of got distracted by all of the gooey chocolate in them! My husband got home after work and ate some dinner and then asked what was for dessert, I pulled these out and he ate 3 huge squares of them. So, they are tasty! He even asked if I put any in his lunch this morning. I did make a bit of a change to the original recipe, I added a bit more sugar than the recipe called for, simply because I thought that 1/2 cup for the entire recipe wouldn't be sweet enough. I think that they turned out great the way I made them! Be sure to peel your zucchini before you grate it, this way your end product won't be green and it will be easier to get picky eaters to eat them!

Sneaky Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars

¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups zucchini, peeled and grated
1 ¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F.
In an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and eggs together. Add the vanilla and zucchini and mix well. Add the flour, salt and baking powder mixing well. Finally add in the chocolate chips and mix until just combined. Pour into a 9x13 inch cake pan that has been greased. Bake in preheated 350° F for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and cut into bars. Enjoy!


Holly said...

I'm glad you liked them! My oldest has been after me to get more zucchini. We're headed out to my aunt's place and she has some for us. He's so excited.

Donna said...

This one was a hit with us! Even after the kids said no more zucchini recipes, they were done with zucchini. They were very surprised to find out it had it in there after all!

Thanks for the fun recipes, I am definitely enjoying your blog!

Donna said...

Oh, I forgot to mention, I doubled this recipe in the 9X13 just fine. With my size family, I double most recipes. I did keep the sugar to the original 1/2 cup (1 cup for the double) and I used one cup wheat flour as part of the flour (that's 1 cup for the doubled recipe).

Very Yummy!

Carol said...

Hooray! Another home for my zucchini! I can't wait to try these.