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Use up your overabundance of garden zucchini in these simple 5 ingredient frosted caramel zucchini bars. The caramel cake mix matches perfectly with the cream cheese frosting.
I have a confession. I am a wanna-be gardener. I love gardens, and whether they are colorful flower gardens, soothing water gardens or no-nonsense vegetable gardens, I like to look and dream that I could have a garden that would rival the best of any garden.
When it comes down to it, gardens take a lot of work. A lot. And here’s another confession…I don’t really like to work. Which means that my gardens are not always a success. But every year we try and believe it or not, we do get produce from our little 20×20 foot garden.
One veggie that we always have an overabundance of is zucchini. If you have a garden, I know you understand. I can’t ever have an overabundance of tomatoes so that I can make sauces and salsa to last us the year. But zucchini? We eat it until we are sick of it.
This year we have 4 zucchini plants. Usually I plant 2, but I could only find packs of four this spring. We’re trying to be good and eat the zucchini grilled or sautéed, but what’s the fun of having zucchini plants if you can’t make some zucchini bread, muffins and these new Frosted Caramel Zucchini Bars?
The zucchini bars here are super easy. They start with a Duncan Hines caramel cake mix. I can’t get enough of using cake mixes as a starter for recipes. So yummy!
You are going to add 1 egg, ½ stick of melted butter and 1 cup of shredded zucchini to the cake mix. Make sure that you shred the zucchini into small pieces with your food processor or grater. Chopped zucchini would not work in this recipe for us because if the kids see large pieces of zucchini in the frosted bars, they’d quickly say “No Thanks!” Keep everyone happy by shredding that zucchini finely and the pickiest of eaters won’t even know there’s zucchini inside.
The batter for these bars will be very thick. It will be so thick that you’ll say, “Is the batter supposed to be this thick?“. Yes. It’s supposed to be that thick. Press it into your 8×8 greased baking pan. When the bars are done baking, you’ll end up with thick, moist bars that will taste like caramel heaven. Frost the tops with cream cheese frosting, drizzle with some melted caramels and top with nuts, if you’d like to make them fancy.
What’s your favorite thing to make with zucchini? I’d love to hear your ideas!