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Healthy Zucchini Oat Bars

These healthy zucchini oat bars are healthy enough for breakfast, but indulgent enough for dessert. They're vegan, gluten free, and perfect for an on the go nutritious treat! Loaded with oats, flax, zucchini, and naturally sweetened with raisins, bananas, and dark chocolate!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 224.07kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats be sure they’re gluten free, if necessary
  • 1/2 cup raisins make sure they’re moist and sticky, if they’re not, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter use an all natural, runny, no sugar added, just nuts variety
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks plus more for topping, use a vegan brand if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease an 8x8 inch nonstick pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Place oats and raisins into a food processor, then process together until the oats resemble a flour.
  • Add in flaxseed, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, bananas, peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla.
  • Process until smooth. Scrape down the sides, if necessary.
  • Use a spatula to stir in zucchini and chocolate chunks.
  • Pour into prepared pan and top with more chocolate chunks.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then slice into 9 large bars.

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Notes

You can serve these bars immediately, or keep them at room temperature in a sealed airtight container for up to a week. Any longer and they'll start to mold, because they're so moist.
Can I freeze these? Although I haven't tried it, I'm sure these bars would freeze beautifully. For best results, I'd recommend cooling the bars completely, slicing them into individual bars, wrapping them each in a little saran wrap, them placing them into a ziplock baggie or airtight container, and freezing! To reheat: unwrap and microwave until warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 224.07kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.05g | Protein: 5.77g | Fat: 9.64g | Saturated Fat: 4.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.33g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.33g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 299.54mg | Potassium: 347.26mg | Fiber: 6.25g | Sugar: 8.39g | Vitamin A: 44.34IU | Vitamin C: 5.18mg | Calcium: 52.72mg | Iron: 0.85mg