Frosted Zucchini Bars Recipe

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"I grow tons of zucchini in my garden—and this is a wonderful way to share it," says green thumb Sandi Laskowski of Rapid City, South Dakota. "These moist tender bars are topped with a yummy caramel cream cheese frosting. When I bring a plateful of them to work, they're always a hit!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 10 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 323 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to the egg mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini, dates and walnuts. Spread into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat until caramels are melted, stirring occasionally. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add caramel mixture and salt; mix well. Spread over cooled bars. Yield: 18 servings.
Originally published as Frosted Zucchini Bars in Light & Tasty August/September 2001, p56

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Juliemk7 30974
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"We loved these bars. I left out the dates and walnuts per our preference. I used 3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil in place of the canola and applesauce. They probably weren't as light, but they turned out great!"

antcharlie 90289
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"My family loves these bars no matter what age. I've also brought them to work and they were a big hit there as well!"

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