@NYCfitfam’s Carrot Zucchini Bars w/ Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting

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“We love sweets, but always make sure that our indulgences are packed with wholesome ingredients. We love these Carrot & Zucchini Bars because they provide a great way to sneak in your veggies while still indulging a little!”

 

INGREDIENTS - BARS:

 

·       1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

·       1 teaspoon baking powder

·       ½ teaspoon ground ginger

·       ¼ teaspoon baking soda

·       1/2 cup egg whites

·       1 ½ cups shredded carrot

·       1 medium zucchini, shredded (1 cup)

·       ¾ cup packed brown sugar

·       ½ cup raisins

·       ½ cup chopped walnuts

·       ½ cup cooking oil

·       ¼ cup agave

·       1 teaspoon vanilla

·       1 cup dark chocolate semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

INGREDIENTS – CITRUS CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

 

·       1 eight-ounce package cream cheese, softened

·       ½ Cup Powdered Sugar (or if you’re trying to cut calories, grind Splenda & cornstarch in a blender instead)

·       1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

·       Frosting Prep: In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar (or substitute) with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add orange peel.

 

PREPERATION:

 

·       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, ginger, and baking soda.

·       In another large bowl stir together egg whites, carrot, zucchini, brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, apple sauce, agave, vanilla, and chocolate chips.

·       Add carrot mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined.

·       Spread batter into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

·       Bake about 25 minutes and allow to cool completely

·       Frost with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting. Cut into bars.

·       Makes 36 bars.