PALEO PUMPKIN ZUCCHINI BARS

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PALEO PUMPKIN ZUCCHINI BARS

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg (or sub for 1 flax egg)
2 tb pumpkin pie spice
1 zucchini, shredded
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tb coconut oil, melted
3 tb Wedderspoon Manuka honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips + an additional 1/4 cup for the topping

I used to think baking anything with zucchini was so weird, and actually gross. Then I put my big girl panties on, tried it, and fell in love with it. Not only is zucchini high in anti oxidant and great for digestive health, it makes baked goods super MOIST, without the need for a ton of oil.

These paleo pumpkin zucchini bars are super simple to make, and my four-year-old loves making them with me. The bars are sweetened with one ripe banana and a little of my favorite Manuka honey from Wedderspoon. I find that a mix of banana and honey is the perfect amount of sweetness - definitely not too little and definitely not too much!

If you give this recipe a try (trust me, you need to), make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see and repost! Leave a comment below and share your experience / tips / tricks with other readers.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350.
Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper (grease the inside so that the parchment paper sticks).
In a large bowl, mash the banana.
Add the pumpkin puree, egg, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
Whisk everything together well.
Grate the zucchini, and use paper towels to squeeze out excess liquid.
Next, add the zucchini, almond flour, baking powder, sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice, and mix together well.
Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into the pan and use a spatula to make sure the batter is spread evenly.
Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 40-42 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Slice into 12 squares and devour!
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.
Enjoy!!!