Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wholesome Wednesday: Zucchini Lime Bars

It's been incredibly hot here in Chicago the past couple weeks and then we'll have the extremely odd cool day.  Last Friday, when I got my grill from Sears it was cool.  I promptly came home and baked something.  I've been having baking withdrawal lately and its hard to get excited about making yet another no bake anything.

I found these Zucchini Lime bars in a new cookbook called Eat More Vegetables.  Most of the cookbook didn't appeal to me as I rarely look for veggie side dish recipes.  Y'all can probably tell by now that I prefer one dish meals to just about everything.  :)  But these bars were really appealing in the recipe.  And I love baked things with oatmeal.

Zucchini Lime Bar Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 cups grated zucchini
zest of 2 limes
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups oats
1/4 cup lime juice
2 cups powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Beat together butter and sugars till fluffy.  Beat in egg till thoroughly mixed.  Stir in zucchini and lime zest.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir into butter mixture.  Stir in oats.  Dough will be thick and sticky.  Spread into prepared pan.  Bake 35 minutes, until firm and barely golden brown.  Let cool completely.

Stir together lime juice and powdered sugar to make a thick but pourable glaze.  Add a little more sugar or juice to adjust consistency.  Drizzle and spread on bars.  Allow to set.  Cut into squares.

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