As promised yesterday when I made Zucchini and Kale Lasagna, today I’m sharing the most deliciously sweet, best-ever, peanut butter chocolate chip zucchini cookie bars.
I thought up this idea but wasn’t quite sure it was going to work.
I mean, we are talking about using zucchini … in a dessert…a vegetable….IN A DESSERT?
Why yes, yes we are talking about that, and guess what? IT’S FANTASTIC!
The texture is cakey the first day, but after you let it cool over night, it’s like a fudgey cookie!
I made these and after having one was immediately hooked…I may or may not have had one for breakfast the next few days…hey, it has veggies in it, right?
And when I was packing some up to bring to my friends house (she’s the lovely lady that has an adorable daughter and the one that taught me how to make 20 minute Turkey Taco Salad) my hubby said ‘you’re going to leave some of those for me, right?’ lol. I was told I can share that these definitely have the his stamp of approval! He also had no idea there was even zucchini in them, so this is a perfect way to sneak veggies into dessert!
For this recipe you can use either yellow or green zucchini (I used yellow)
Then shred away
Then add in other ingredients
Then mix batter and spread into a foil lined baking dish
Bake, and enjoy!
- 1 1/2 Grated Zucchini about 4 little zucchini, shredded
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter smooth, reduced fat
- 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips semi-sweet
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Grate zucchini into a bowl, mix in peanut butter (this will be a little tough, so you can put some muscle in 🙂 )and then egg, sugar, vanilla and baking soda, stir. Then add chocolate chips and combine.
- Spread into baking dish, bake for 20-25 minutes until only slightly soft on the insides. Then allow to cool for an hour, then remove aluminum foil from pan, place on a cutting board, and cut into 16 squares and enjoy
amazing. couldnt stop eating them.
I’m so happy to hear this feedback, thank you for sharing!!
Monica M says
Sounds yummy!!! I have some frozen shredded zucchini in the freezer. I’ll have to try this one soon.
I think you’ll love it!
Kelly Hansen says
I love this recipe! I like to individually freeze bar/cake slices. Because these don’t contain flour they don’t freeze solid and taste great right out of the freezer!
What size pan did you use? Can’t wait to try this out!
I think you’ll love this recipe, I used an 8×8 square baking dish for this recipe
Hi Phi, these bars look great, bet they are nice and moist.
They truly are fantastic, thanks for commenting!
These bars look amazing!!
Thank you so much, they were definitely deeeelish!
andrea rentea says
Looks great, and to think without flour. Thank you for another wonderful inspiration. I’ll get the zucchinis now and start baking.
Thank you so much for commenting! And it was totally surprising to me as well that there was no flour, the zucchini did all the work 🙂
Zucchini cookie bars with peanut butter??? Gimme! This looks so so good!
haha my husband says the same thing when I pack up desserts to bring to others. It always cracks me up since there’s always so much food in the house!
Haha, we always have so much food too! Thanks for your sweet comment 🙂
Michelle Twin Mum says
They look so god, my favourite cake is made with courgette, super yum! Mich x
Thanks for commenting Mich 🙂
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
I love zucchini in baked goods! These look so moist and delicious!! Plus peanut butter, yum!
Thanks for commenting Cate, I am new to zucchini in baked goods and am looooving it 🙂
LOVE these, Phi!! They look so fudgy and delicious!
Thanks Meg, they were so tasty, I might be making another batch this week!
carpe season (@carpeseason) says
I love how zucchini in baked goods changes the texture from cakey to fudgy over time. These look amazing; I’m having one of those bottomless pit days where I can’t stop eating, and I’m 1 cup of dark chocolate away from going in the kitchen and making some of these!
It is one of my absolutely favorite things about baking with zucchini in baked goods…especially when it involves chocolate and then turns fudgy!
vicky myers says
Its a great way of sneaking vegetables into reluctant kids – looks yummy:)
You’re so right Vicky, it’s the absolute perfect way of sneaking vegetables in, kids would go gaga over these 🙂
Is it funny how the strangest of combinations often make the yummiest recipes? I’ve never seen yellow zuchinis actually – amazing!
Zucchini makes baked goods sooo moist and i can tell by your photos just how perfect these are!! Plus, since there’s veggies in them, they’re totally appropriate for breakfast 🙂