Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
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Ingredients
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars:
  • ½ cup/100g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup/240 ml applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 2 cups/280 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded finely (makes about 1¼ cup)
  • ½ cup/75 g semisweet chocolate chips
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 6 oz./175 g cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 in baking dish and place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom.
  3. Place sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on low speed until well-blended.
  4. Stir in the applesauce and mashed banana.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir well with a whisk until combined.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined and moist.
  7. Stir in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow bars to cool and top with the frosting (if desired).
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Add as much or as little sugar until desired taste and texture is achieved. Spread onto the cooled bars.
Notes
As you can see, I use very little sugar in my frosting, so if you like it sweet be sure to add more until the desired sweetness is reached.
Recipe by My Little Gourmet at https://mylittlegourmet.com/desserts/chocolate-chip-zucchini-bars-with-vanilla-cream-cheese-frosting/