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 9×13 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.
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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