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Carrot Zucchini Bars

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Carrot Zucchini Bars

Take all the fresh flavors of carrot cake, toss in a bit of grated zucchini, and you've got a flavorful autumn treat that's sure to please!

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 8
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As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen

Carrot cake, an old-fashioned lots-a-labor treat, gets a kick from fresh zucchini and an easy carrot-cake mix -- vintage taste with wee effort!


I get a real itch for comfort food around this time of year. Problem is, I'm not a food kind of a girl. I'm a straight up, born and bred, shamelessly addicted to sweets kind of girl. So, comfort food this time of year has little to do with meatloaf and pot pies and more to do with carrot cake and gingerbread and giant molasses cookies.

When I get a real hankering for a truly delicious dessert, I love whipping up a batch of these easy Carrot Zucchini Bars.

Carrot Zucchini Bars Recipe

A Betty Crocker carrot cake mix eliminates the need to grate a carrot down to your knuckles. Hooray for that!

To get yourself a batch of these tasty-delicious treats, it's really as simple as stirring together a quick batter...

Making Carrot Zucchini Bars

...then being patient enough to let that batter cook and cool before topping with cream cheese frosting, chopped walnuts, and clever little carrot roses for garnish.

Garnish on Carrot Zucchini Bars

Of course, there are a dozen other pretty ways to top these dessert bars:

  • Try sprinkling fresh blueberries or raspberries on top of the frosting.

  • Or drizzle white chocolate over each frosted bar for a more elegant look.

  • Better yet, try swapping out the Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting for a bottle of Betty Crocker Whippy vanilla frosting, then top with oodles of coconut for a truly beautiful bar that tastes amazing!


No matter how you slice them, these simple bars will have you and your loved ones smiling for their great, comfort food flavor. No meatloaf required!

Carrot Recipes to Harvest



More carrots? Turn the table orange with these great Carrot Recipes as inspiration!



Brooke blogs at CheekyKitchen.com where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke’s profile to see what she cooks up next!

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Carrot Zucchini Bars

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker Carrot cake mix
1
small zucchini, grated
1/2
cup melted butter
3
tablespoons milk
2
eggs
1
can Betty Crocker Cream Cheese frosting
1/4
cup crushed walnuts
1
carrot, sliced thin for garnish

Directions

  • 1 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 15x10x1-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir together the cake mix, zucchini, butter, milk, and eggs. Spread your batter into a pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or just until the bars spring back when touched lightly with your finger.
  • 3 Remove the bars from your oven and allow them to cool completely.
  • 4 Frost bars with Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • 5 To garnish, use a potato peeler to grate long, thin pieces from a whole carrot. Twirl those pieces into spirals, then place the on top of your bars. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Cover until ready to serve.
  • 6 Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
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