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Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting

Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting

Once again, this  Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting recipe comes from my amazing mother in law, she is not about to let the produce from the garden go to waste. If you want a moist, ewwy-gooey treat then this Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting  is a great recipe. Plus Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting has two whole cups of zucchini in it, so it is bound to be good for you.  The trick to hiding the zucchini in this recipe is to peel the green skin off the zucchini before shredding it. My kids never knew it had zucchini in it till I told them. Awesome thing about my kids is they love zucchini either way.

Bar ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoon almond flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups peeled, shredded zucchini

Cream the sugar, eggs, oil, shredded zucchini and almond flavor  in a mixing bowl till well blended.  In another bowl mix the dry ingredients baking powder, salt and flour.  Now mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients till well blended.  Pour batter into a greased cookie sheet with side. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool.

Frosting ingredients

  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavor

Mix till there are no longer lumps, frost while the bars are still warm but NOT hot.

Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting

Blonde Zucchini Bar Recipe Almond Frosting
 
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Ingredients
  • Bar ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 teaspoon almond flavor
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 cups peeled, shredded zucchini
  • Frosting ingredients
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavor
Instructions
  1. Bar instructions
  2. Cream the sugar, eggs, oil, shredded zucchini and almond flavor in a mixing bowl till well blended. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients baking powder, salt and flour. Now mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients till well blended. Pour batter into a greased cookie sheet with side. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool.
  3. Frosting instructions
  4. Mix till there are no longer lumps, frost while the bars are still warm but NOT hot.

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Recipe for Cooking ~ Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with applesauce and peanut butter chips

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Chocolate zucchini muffins with applesauce

 

With all the zucchini from our garden I have been making Chocolate zucchini muffins with applesauce every other day.  My kids are loving them, plus we have had lots to share as well! These are my favorite, hope you enjoy them as well!  Also a money saving tip these freeze well too!

Recipe for Cooking ~ Chocolate chip  zucchini muffins with applesauce and peanut butter chips

Wet Ingredients 

  • 1/2  cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1  3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or lemon)
Dry Ingredients 
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Add at the very end
  • 2 cup finely grated Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Chocolate zucchini muffins with applesauce

In a large mixing bowl, cream the wet ingredients with a mixer till smooth (1-2 minutes).  Sift in dry ingredients, blend thoroughly.  Then stir in zucchini and chocolate  and peanut butter chips by hand.  Spoon batter into muffin tins (with liners) fill 2/3 of the way full. Makes 24 muffins. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.

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Chocolate chip zucchini muffins with applesauce and peanut butter chips
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 24 muffins
Ingredients
  • Wet Ingredients
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (or lemon)
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Add at the very end
  • 2 cup finely grated Zucchini
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips (or butterscotch chips)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the wet ingredients with a mixer till smooth (1-2 minutes). Sift in dry ingredients, blend thoroughly. Then stir in zucchini and chocolate and peanut butter chips by hand. Spoon batter into muffin tins (with liners) fill ⅔ of the way full. Makes 24 muffins. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.

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Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

This time of year there are always way more Zucchini then any one knows what to do with.

I can not take credit for this recipe,  My mother in law made these yesterday with my daughter.  Yes she is an awesome Granny and cooks with my girls, and my boys too for that matter. My 8 year old wants her very own toaster oven for Christmas, that way she can cook “real recipes” all by herself.  Because right now she has to ask for help to use the big oven.   Granny found this recipe on Taste Of Home  and felt it was a good way to use up some extra zucchini from the garden.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini

CARAMEL FROSTING:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and extract. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
For frosting, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm.
Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 to 2 dozen.

 

Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting
 
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Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • Cupcakes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • CARAMEL FROSTING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and extract. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm.
  4. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 to 2 dozen.

 

 

 

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-cupcakes
Recipe credit and source Taste Of Home 

Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting recipe

 

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing with Sweet Pork Tacos is one of my families most asked for meals. Even the left overs are craved by all the kids!

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A Thrifty Mom’s Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

My kids call this the “yummy green dressing”, they could literally eat it on pretty much anything.  But instead I tend to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing, when we have taco salad or our recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos.  We use to make a  Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing that had a can of salsa verde  in it. But we had trouble with it often having a bit bitter taste. So that is how this new recipe came about.   Be sure to pin it on Pinterest or print it off via the printable version below so you can always find it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side.  Do this a few times to make sure I did not miss anything.

Hints for great Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing will be thin, but it will thicken up after a few hours. Make this dressing several hours before you eat it so that the flavors get better as they have time to blend.  If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it.  Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

Print the Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 3 cups dressing
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side. Dressing will be thin a first but it will thicken up after a few hours. I highly suggest you make this dressing several hours before you eat it. The flavors get better as they have time to blend. If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it. Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

Watch our recorded Live Facebook instructional video on how to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

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We made an earlier version you can check out as well.

On the Sweet Pork Tacos we first posted on them way back in 2010. We then upgraded the recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos and Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

 

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