Thursday, February 26, 2015

Zucchini Applesauce Breakfast Bars

We're still working through the zucchini that we shredded last fall and put in the freezer for later. This is one of the ways we love to use it! These are a muffin like bar that are low in sugar and high in fiber. They freeze very well. I just place a piece of waxed paper between the layers in a freezer safe container.

I have gotten good at doing make-ahead breakfasts this year since I now have a high-schooler that leaves at 6:40 in the morning. That's just a little too early for me to be up in time to cook more than just a piece of toast or a fried egg. These give us a little more variety. They are also loved as an after school snack. Because they are so low in sugar, they do spoil quickly so only thaw out the amount you will be eating in a day or two.

Zucchini Applesauce Breakfast Bars

3 cups quick cooking oats
3 cups whole white wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
⅔ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 cups grated zucchini
1½ cups chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together, stirring in the zucchini and the chocolate chips very last. Spread batter evenly in a greased 10x15 jelly roll pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes. Makes 48 bars.

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