Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars

Use those extra zucchinis from the garden to make a pan of these Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars.  Once you eat a few, you will wonder who you can share them with before you devour the entire pan.

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Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars - zucchini and oatmeal bars loaded with butterscotch chips and frosting

Plants and I do not get along.  I love to have nice house plants in cute pots.  The problem…I have a very black thumb.

My idea of having a plant is to water it when I remember.  Then I usually give it extra water because it has been so long since the last time.  Not a healthy cycle for a green plant’s life.  Most of the time this works for a while, then the plant starts to droop and lose leaves.  Then gradually it gives up the fight and dies.  This has happened more times than I would like to admit.

Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars - zucchini and oatmeal bars loaded with butterscotch chips and frosting

A few years ago we decided we would plant a garden.  It turns out out door gardening is slightly better for my black thumbs.  We actually enjoyed a few tomatoes, zucchinis, and melons.  The kids loved going out to the garden to pick and eat the couple cherry tomatoes that made it.  And I did a happy dance around the zucchini plants as they grew a few big zucchinis.  I bet if we had been better at watering the gardens, we could have enjoyed even more produce.  My guess is that I should stick to the farmer’s market.  This is one of those times I don’t mind paying someone who is better at something than me.

I have been on the lookout for someone to have extra zucchinis they want to get rid of.  The other day I was at the grocery store so I went ahead and bought a few small ones.  A few years ago I made these Caramel Apple Granola Bars, and I knew that I wanted to change it up with some shredded zucchini.

I like to shred the zucchini into fine pieces.  You can shred them larger if you want to.   My kids would go crazy though if they found pieces of green in their sweets.  I like to make the pieces tiny, so they don’t know I hid healthiness in their treats.

These bars really are very easy to make up.  Cream the butter, sugar, and eggs.  Then stir in the dry ingredients and the zucchini.  A quick look in my cupboard and I also found a partial bag of butterscotch chips to stir in.  I told you I was going to be looking for more ways to include butterscotch in things.

While the bars bake, you can whip up the frosting.  Just set it aside while you wait for the bars to cool.  Do not put the frosting on warm bars.  We do not want the frosting to melt into them.

An oatmeal bar with fluffy vanilla frosting + a cup of hot coffee = the best way to start out the day.  Well, at least that’s what everyone who got one at church the other day told me.

Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars - zucchini and oatmeal bars loaded with butterscotch chips and frosting

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Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Frosted Butterscotch Zucchini Bars

Fresh zucchini and butterscotch chips give these homemade oatmeal bars a fun summer twist.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup butterscotch chips
For the Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Tablespoons whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Stir together the flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add it to the butter mixture until it is all mixed in.
  2. Stir in the zucchini and butterscotch chips by hand. Spread the mixture in a greased 9x13 glass baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  3. Beat the butter, vanilla, whipping cream, and salt until creamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until mixed in. Beat on medium high for 1-2 minutes. Spread over the cooled bars. Cut into 24 bars. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
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  1. says

    I think we subconsciously over plant or over buy zucchini just so that we can “justify” turning vegetables into delicious treats like these bars! :) The more zucchini treats, the better! Butterscotch with cinnamon is so good together!
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  2. says

    I am the SAME way when it comes to plants!! My parents actually gave me an itty bitty cactus for my birthday last year because they figured it was small enough to put on my desk so I’d remember to water it. Well, my blog stuff sort of took over its spot on the desk, so it got moved to the table… And my guy hid it behind his boxes of games, so it died within 2 months. And cacti are supposed to survive without water for ages! Whoops… Anyway, I’d much rather pay someone for zucchini too. These bars look incredible!
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