These vegan and gluten-free zucchini bars with chocolate chips are quick, easy and delicious! Made with oatmeal, banana and loaded with shredded zucchini, these zucchini bars have a soft and gooey texture. Check out the keto, paleo, and low carb option.
Zucchini (Courgette) Bars With Chocolate Chips
A delicious dessert made with zucchini that is healthy enough for breakfast? These zucchini bars tick all the boxes!
It’s time now for some delicious zucchini chocolate chip bars!
I tested this recipe out several times, hoping to come up with one version which is not only vegan and gluten-free but also paleo and keto friendly. Unfortunately, the winning combination I came up with was just a little too high in carbs. Instead, I opted to share two tested recipes for zucchini bars- To fit as many diets out there!
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bars Ingredients
Vegan and Gluten Free Version
The vegan and gluten-free option is made with oatmeal and sweetened with a banana to provide a naturally sweet and gooey bar.
Keto and Paleo Version
The low carb and keto version is made with almond flour and almond butter and is sweetened with monk fruit, a zero calorie sweetener.
- Almond flour
- Almond butter
- Coconut Oil
- Shredded zucchini
- Monk fruit sweetener
- Baking soda
- Keto and Sugar free chocolate chips
How to make chocolate chip zucchini cookie bars
Step 1: Prepare your ingredients and kitchen utensils
Start by shredding your zucchini and removing the excess liquid from it. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 2: Combine all your ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well.
In a seperate smaller bowl, add your wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
Combine the wet and the dry ingredients, except for your chocolate chips, and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in your chocolate chips.
Step 3: Transfer to the lined pan
Pour the zucchini bar batter into the lined pan. Using a spatula, spread out in an even layer. Top with some extra chocolate chips.
Step 4: Bake at 180C/350F
How long to bake the zucchini bars depends on what oven you use and which option you choose to make.
These bars need to be baked for 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you remove them when they are ‘just’ baked, they will be ultra gooey and soft.
Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan, before slicing into bars.
Should you refrigerate zucchini bars?
Zucchini chocolate chip bars should be stored in the refrigerator, as the texture will spoil when left at room temperature. Ensure the bars are kept in a sealed container, or on a plate wrapped in saran wrap.
Zucchini bars are also freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer to enjoy later. They will keep for 2 months. Wrap zucchini bars in parchment paper, and if possible, freeze in single bar portions.
To enjoy zucchini bars from the freezer, thaw overnight in the fridge, or at room temperature. You can re-heat them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until the chocolate chips have melted.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Vegan and Gluten Free Zucchini Bars
While rolled oats are preferred, you can substitute this for quick cooking oats. The texture will be a little softer, but you can combat this with an extra tablespoon of oats, or even gluten-free oat flour. You can also substitute the oats completely for quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes, but the texture will be different and be a little less sturdy.
The banana provides sweetness and helps keep the bars soft and chewy. You can substitute this for applesauce or pumpkin. You will need 2 1/2 cups. Also, be sure to add some liquid stevia or maple syrup, as the bars will no longer be overly sweet.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Keto and Paleo Zucchini Bars
Make sure all the moisture is squeezed out of the zucchini, otherwise, your bars will be moist and undercooked in the center.
Ensure you use blanched almond flour, to provide a lighter flavor and texture. You can use fine almond flour, but it will be darker and have a nuttier flavor. Avoid using almond meal, as this will make the bars extremely gritty.
I prefer using stevia sweetened chocolate chips, but you can also use other sugar free chocolate chips. Alternatively, you can add some roughly chopped unsweetened chocolate. Be wary though, this will be rich and dark tasting.
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Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Bars (Keto, Paleo Option)
For the Vegan and Gluten-Free Option
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. In a seperate bowl, add your wet ingredients, except for your zucchini and chocolate chips, and mix well.
- Combine your dry and wet ingredients and mix well, until fully incorporated. Fold in your chocolate chips and shredded zucchini.
- Transfer the zucchini bar batter into the lined pan and spread out using a rubber spatula. Top with extra chocolate chips and bake for 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the zucchini bars to cool in the pan completely, before slicing up into 8 bars.