Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookie Bars

by Merissa on May 1, 2013

in Recipes

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Zucchini: the bane and blessing of many a home gardener. They grow in such prolific quantities that it practically takes a village to consume all the bounty. Okay, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea. Come midsummer, zucchini growers everywhere are scrounging for new and interesting recipes. Zucchini bread is delicious, of course, but one can only handle so many loaves. This recipe for zucchini cookie bars is here to save the day! Squash in cookies? Yes! Much like these amazing chocolate brownies, you can hardly tell it’s there; all you taste is sweet, chocolate-y goodness. Combined with whole wheat flour, honey, and applesauce, these cookies are practically health food. This is definitely one snack that I can feel good about serving my family.

I prefer making these as bars since it’s faster, but feel free to drop tablespoons of the dough onto a baking sheet to make regular cookies.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookie Bars

What You Need:


  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (peeled or unpeeled)
  • ½ cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ - 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (see note)

Note: The applesauce helps moisten the dough. The amount you use will depend on the weather, the moisture content of your flour and zucchini, and personal preference. I ended up using ½ cup, but sometimes I don’t need it at all.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan.

In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, butter/coconut oil, egg, and honey.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar.

Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the flour mixture, stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips and add applesauce until a moist dough forms.

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Spread into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown. Remove and let cool, then cut into bars.

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1 Cathy May 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm


I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!



2 Jen Nikolaus May 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

Oh these sound great! And healthy! Pinning now, love your blog!

~Jen @


3 Jeni May 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

These look really! I just made some muffins with zucchini in them, and my little girl went nuts over them! So I will have to make these for her!


4 Gardenchef's Needle and Pen May 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

I love zucchini! I love zucchini cakes! Therefore, I will love these zucchini cookie bars! Hmmm let’s call it simple zucchini logic 🙂 Jumping from What’scookinglove showcase your talent thursday. Just pinned this.


5 Miz Helen May 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

We grow zucchini in our garden and this will be a great recipe to try. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
Miz Helen


6 michelle May 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

i love you can see the little green zuc flecks! I need to make these 🙂


7 Taralyn August 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Excited to try this! I have tons of zucchini from my garden that I need to use. Coming over from the Inspire Me Wednesday link up. Pinning!


8 Kelly August 14, 2014 at 12:22 am

I will be making these tomorrow! I love that you used whole wheat and coconut oil! You are my kind of chef! Pinned!


9 Kelly August 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Made these today and they are delicious! I love how moist they are, even with all that whole wheat flour! And quite filling! Thanks again.


10 Joanne T Ferguson August 16, 2014 at 4:40 am

G’day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe at our #SayGdayParty!
Please make sure to stop back if you haven’t already and visit some other people’s blogs!
I am also curious if you have answered any of the questions I asked on my blog about this week’s party?
Cheers! Joanne


11 Jessica @ConveyAwareness August 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

When I first started eating zucchini (only 4 years or so ago), the only way I could was in a loaf of some kind. Nowadays, I almost hate to use my zucchini in a sweet dish BUT this recipe, I may just make an exception! =) Pinned and shared. #savoringsaturdays


12 Jenny August 24, 2014 at 12:00 am

Thanks for linking this recipe to the Be.You.Tiful Link party! You were featured by us this week. Can’t wait to try these cookies. They look so delicious. Don’t forget to grab the button to let others know you were featured.


13 Merissa August 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

Thanks for the feature Jenny!


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