My dad adores zucchini and his favorite dessert, aside from rum raisin ice cream, is carrot cake (but of course, like any connoisseur, he is VERY PARTICULAR).  So I figure these would be a somewhat health-conscious kick in the flavor pants and meld the best of both worlds:  won’t-give-you-a-coronary and won’t-put-you-to-sleep.  And 2 1/2 cups of veggies?  Thanks, Better Homes and Gardens.  You’re awesome.

Makes: 36 servings

Yield: 36 bars

Prep 20 mins

Bake 350°F 25 mins

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1 1/2cups shredded carrot

  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (1 cup)

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1/2 cup cooking oil

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, ginger, and baking soda. In another large bowl stir together eggs, carrot, zucchini, brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, oil, honey, and vanilla. Add carrot mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread batter into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

  2. Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Frost with Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting. Cut into bars.

Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 18 ounce packagecream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel or orange peel (optional)

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. If desired, stir in lemon or orange peel.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 36,

cal. (kcal) 125,

  • Fat, total (g) 7,

chol. (mg) 19,

sat. fat (g) 2,

carb. (g)16,

 

  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,

 

  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,

 

  • fiber (g) 1,

 

  • sugar (g) 11,

 

 

  • pro. (g) 2,

 

  • vit. A (IU) 632,

 

 

 

  • vit. C (mg) 1,

 

 

  • Thiamin (mg) 0,

 

 

  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,

 

 

  • Niacin (mg) 0,

 

 

  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,

 

 

  • Folate (µg) 16,

 

 

  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0,

 

 

  • sodium (mg) 44,

 

 

  • Potassium (mg) 81,

 

 

  • calcium (mg) 182,

 

 

  • iron (mg) 0,

 

 

  • Other Carb () 1,

 

 

  • Fat () 1,

 

  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet