Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bars

READY IN: 45mins
Top Review by evewitch

I was a bit puzzled by the instructions as they call for adding 1 tsp. spice mix, whereas the ingredients specify 1 1/2 tsp. Since these are "spice" bars I elected to use the 1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice. The bars themselves were perfectly spiced and the carrots, zucchini, etc. were present in the flavor without being overpowering. I felt the bars were a bit crumbly and cake-like to be so thin (they came out about 3/4" thick). The frosting, too, was fine out of the bowl, quite sweet and rich, and I liked the cinnamon addition. However, it overpowered the bars rather than complementing them. I think both the textural issues and the problem with the frosting could be overcome by simply baking them in a smaller pan, to increase the thickness (and the bar-to-frosting ratio).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan.
  3. In large bowl, cream brown sugar, sugar and 3/4 cup butter.
  4. Blend flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon spice mix, eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla into creamed mixture.
  5. Stir in zucchini and carrots, nuts and coconut.
  6. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan.
  7. Bake in preheated oven 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Cool.
  9. MAKE FROSTING: In large bowl, blend all frosting ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  10. Spread over bars.

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