Zucchini Banana Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 3, 2014

Grab some fresh zucchini from your garden, the farmstand or your grocery store! These Zucchini Banana Bars are begging to be made. And don’t forget to top them with the creamy cinnamon glaze!

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Zucchini Banana Cake Bars with a creamy, sweet Cinnamon glaze! Great use for those garden fresh zucchini! It’s true, I love baked goods with zucchini. Just two days ago I shared this Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake. And I couldn’t wait to share these Banana bars too! So here they are, just for you! Last week as I headed home with my oldest daughter from her swim practice we stopped at a big farmer’s market in the area. There is something so “local” about being at a farmer’s market. I seriously had to stop myself from buying more fruits and veggies than I needed. And my family eats a lot, but I just go crazy seeing all the fresh local food. We also splurged and enjoyed some fresh, homemade empanadas. O. M. G. These were amazing, and now we can’t wait until next Saturday to buy more! Worth the extra drive for those $2 fried empanadas. Seriously. Zucchini Banana Cake Bars with a creamy, sweet Cinnamon glaze! Great use for those garden fresh zucchini! Not sure what that story had to do with these bars today, especially since I didn’t even buy any zucchini while I was there!?! These Zucchini Banana Bars were made with the rest of the giant zucchini my friend Kim gave me. It had to be done. I was planning on making these Cinnamon frosted zucchini bars, but when I saw the overripe bananas on my counter I knew I had to alter the recipe. In addition to the banana, I also baked these in a 13×9 instead of a jelly roll pan. Made them a little “cake” like, with their thicker texture. I shared these with some neighbors and couldn’t decide if I wanted a slice of the Chocolate Zucchini Cake or  these….so I had both. Good call, right? Zucchini Banana Cake Bars with a creamy, sweet Cinnamon glaze! Great use for those garden fresh zucchini!

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Zucchini Banana Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: serves 12-16

Ingredients

    For the Bars:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar, egg and vanilla. Add in bananas, and mix until mashed (I use the beater blade on my electric mixer). Add flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined (about 1-2 minutes). Fold in zucchini.
  2. Pour batter into a 13x9 baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes (until edges brown and pull from sides).
  4. Cool completely before adding glaze.
  5. For the glaze, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and milk until smooth. Pour over cooled cake. Store loosely covered for up to 3 days at room temperature.
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Baby June August 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

Those look fabulous! Great way to use up zucchini. :) Pinned!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

Thanks for pinning…off to check out YOUR zucchini recipe! Tis the zucchini season…

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Lisa | Mummy Made.It August 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

I love baking with Zucchini. They’re so moist and you feel less guilty eating lots of cake and slice!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

I totally do that at farmer’s markets too! And then it all goes bad before I can use it. I’m so sad we don’t have zucchini plants this year. These look SO good!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

We usually end up having a giant salad day! With all the excess veggies that weren’t eaten! Thanks for stopping by :)
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sue/the view from great island August 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

Who knew such a boring veggie could transform into such magical treats — love these :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

They are indeed magical treats…and healthy too right? Fruit and veggie bars is what I should have called them! Ha!
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Steph August 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I like that you used in the cinnamon oin the glaze, give it a nice flavor.

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Mary Frances August 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I have seen so many zucchini and banana breads, but never in bars! That sounds incredible! The warm spices combined with the summer veggie is surprisingly addictive. Pinning these!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 3, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I made banana zucchini muffins a week or so ago and I am loving the looks of these bars! Dense, moist, soft, and with a glaze! My perfect kind of bar! Love baking with both banana + zucchini! Pinned :)

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marcie August 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I haven’t made the zucchini-banana combination yet, and I really need to — I know I’d love it! These bars look incredible, and i’m thinking I’d totally be eating them for breakfast. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

They have fruit in them so they are perfect for breakfast :)
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Mir August 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I would also travel for good empanadas! Especially if they’re at a farmer’s market!
These are great! So thick and tempting!
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Thalia @ butter and brioche August 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

these zucchini bars look so delicious and SO moist.. definitely craving one right now!
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Mallory @ Chocolate with Grace August 3, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I’m lovin’ all these zucchini recipes! Pairing zucchini with the banana sounds like a fantastic combination!
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Rachel Cooks August 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Love the zucchini/banana combo! I could most likely eat the whole pan.

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Me too. Me too!
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Shelley August 4, 2014 at 2:08 am

These look amazing! I need to buy zucchini stat! Do you think whole wheat flour would change the recipe much?

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

It definitely would change it. Maybe try only subbing half of the flour for whole wheat?
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Jess @ Sweet Menu August 4, 2014 at 2:42 am

I can’t believe these have zucchini in them – they look delicious!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Jess :) Amazing that zucchini is so versatile in delicious treats too.
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Heather @ Shard of Lavender August 4, 2014 at 2:57 am

Oh my goodness, the glaze on top is calling my name! Banana and zucchini together sound amazing, like combining two delicious sweet breads…
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Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon August 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

I’ve been making all things zucchini too lately! Love the addition of banana in here. Pinned!
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Christie Daruwalla August 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

I love that you added banana. These are going to be so moist and delicious plus they are fruit and veggies. What could be better.
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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventuers August 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

Great zucchini cake recipes! Farmers’ markets are so fun!
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Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish August 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

With bananas AND zucchini, they can’t possibly be bad for you :) Love these!!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain August 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Yay for more zucchini! It means I can eat as many of these bars as I want and get plenty of vegetables, right? ;)
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Jennifer | Bake or Break August 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I’ve made zucchini bread and a zucchini cake, but I’ve never thought to combine them with bananas. Love this!
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Helen @ Scrummy Lane August 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Ooh, freshly made empanadas! Where is this market again – I think I might be there next Saturday, too! That’s something I’d love to try making myself.
As for these bars, I love your ideas as to how to use zucchini in baked things. I tried making some healthy zucchini muffins a week or two ago and they were just about the worst thing I’d ever made. I think the banana in these would work a treat!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life August 5, 2014 at 8:55 am

A slice of both zucchini treats sounds perfect to me!! Love that cinnamon glaze on top!!! Yum!

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Samina | The Cupcake Confession August 6, 2014 at 11:57 pm

We don’t have farmers’ markets here!!!!! *sobs* The only place where I have seen one is on TV when I watch TLC and it looks so vibrant and beautiful, I am a 173904% sure I’ll end up splurging on fresh produce as well! These zucchini bars look soooo DELISH!!!! And that glaze just makes my heart sing! Pinning! :D

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

Thank you so much for pinning. And no farmer’s markets? I would cry :)

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Danielle @ TheBestDessertRecipes.com August 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

What an interesting flavor combination! I love it!

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Thank you so much Danielle :)

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Nina August 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Love the sound of these! Do you think it would be possible to make these without adding the sugar, since the bananas would make them sweeter already? Or would that change the texture to much?

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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I really oughta start baking with zucchini more — all of these zucchini recipes you’ve been posting look so sinful and delicious! ESPECIALLY these banana bars — obsessing over the glaze!
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