Zucchini Banana Bars

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

Yield: 12-16 bars

Prep Time:15 minutes

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

Directions:

  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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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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40 comments on “Zucchini Banana Bars”

  1. I’ve made zucchini bread and a zucchini cake, but I’ve never thought to combine them with bananas. Love this!

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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! 😀

  5. What an interesting flavor combination! I love it!

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  8. Nina

    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?

  9. 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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