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Did you know you could make pie with zucchini and it tastes like apple? It’s true! Zucchini Pie Bars have a shortbread crust and crumble topping and they’re filled with a cooked cinnamon sugar zucchini. This is a great secret way to use up zucchini!

stacked zucchini bars with zucchini baked in and a crumble topping.


Sweet Zucchini Pie Recipe

Let’s play a quick game of true or false: zucchini tastes like apples when cooked with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. True or false? 

If you answered true, you’re right! Zucchini does taste like apples if cooked with 3 simple ingredients. Now you can enjoy vegetables more often after knowing this- you’re welcome. 

I must mention that this is one of my favorite recipes from this blog and I mean it 200%. For any dessert that contains cooked zucchini, count me in on it because not only is it delicious, but it helps clear out my veggie drawer from all the zucchini. #WinWin

If you have never tried a zucchini dessert before, please hear me out. As odd as it sounds, vegetables in sweet baked goods, it’s actually an incredible addition to any sweet treat, like zucchini bread or zucchini cake!

ingredients in zucchini bars.

Ingredients needed

  • Flour: I almost always use all-purpose flour for my recipes 
  • Sugar: granulated sugar is used for the crust, filling and topping.
  • Zucchini: I peeled and diced my zucchini to cook it for the filling
  • Butter: You need lots of unsalted butter for all the layers.
  • Cinnamon: ground cinnamon is a must!
  • Oats: I’m using quick-cook oats but did you know you can make quick oats from old fashioned?

How to make zucchini pie

  1. Prepare the crust by slowly mixing all the ingredients in a large bowl. The mixture should be crumbly. 
  2. Press the crust in the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350° oven.
  3. Heat a frying pan over low heat to make the filling. Melt butter, then add the zucchini, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook the ingredients together and stir until the zucchini looks like it’s getting a bit translucent around the edges. 
  4. Drain the zucchini and let sit until the crust is done baking
  5. Cream the butter and sugar to make the topping while the zucchini is cooking then add flour, oats, and salt and mix slowly to get a crumbly mixture
  6. Drain the zucchini again right before the crust comes out of the oven. 
  7. Sprinkle the drained zucchini carefully on top, making sure there’s no liquid at all. Then sprinkle with the topping. 
  8. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until the top starts to get golden brown.
  9. Cool completely in the pan before slicing into bars and serving. 
stacked zucchini bars with zucchini baked in and topped with ice cream.

Expert Tips

  • Serve with caramel sauce and/or ice cream or whipped cream.
  • If you are using a hand mixer, use your hands to break up any large chunks of butter. A stand mixer makes the crumble come together easily.
  • You know crumble bars are done baking when they’re golden on top and the center is bubbly.

FAQs

Can you freeze zucchini pie?

Yes, freeze them for up to one month.

Does zucchini pie need to be refrigerated?

Store bars in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

stacked zucchini bars with zucchini baked in and a crumble topping.

Zucchini Pie Bars Recipe

4 from 3 votes
When you cook zucchini with cinnamon and sugar it tastes like apples, I promise! Make a crumble bar out of your excess zucchini and you’ll think you’re eating apple pie bars!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 16 bars
Serving Size 1 bar

Ingredients
 

For the Crust:

  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups (186g) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups peeled and diced zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Topping:

  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (124g) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (40g) quick cook oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
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Instructions

  • Line a 9×9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (for easy removal and cutting of bars). Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare the crust by slowly mixing all the ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl using hand mixer. The mixture will be crumbly and if you are using a hand mixer you may need to use your hands to break up any large chunks of butter. Press the crust in the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Make the filling: Heat a frying pan over low heat. Melt the butter, then add the zucchini, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes until the zucchini just looks like it’s getting translucent around the edges. Drain and let sit until the crust is done.
  • Make the topping while the zucchini is cooking: you can use the same bowl you used for the crust. Use a stand or a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour, oats, and salt and mix slowly. The mixture will be somewhat crumbly.
  • Right before the crust comes out of the oven, drain the zucchini again. Remove the hot crust from the oven. Sprinkle the zucchini carefully on top (make sure they are well drained first – do not add any of the extra liquid!), then sprinkle with the topping. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until the top starts to get golden brown.
  • Cool completely in pan before slicing into bars and serving. Serve with caramel sauce and/or ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Store bars in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to one month.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Use the same bowl for the crust and crumble to save time and dishes!
  • A stand mixer gets the crumble together easiest, but you can use a hand mixer (you may have to get your hands involved).
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on July 27, 2023



Dorothy Kern

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53 Comments

  1. I love using zucchini in place of apples!! And if you don’t tell them they won’t even know! I have to agree since using a veggie it totally counts as a side dish 😉

  2. Lucky for me, I don’t live anywhere near a Justice for Girls, or I’m sure I’d spend a fortune there, too. So Haley is adorned in Target and Old Navy. For now. Although? Also easy to spend a fortune on either place! I need no convincing with these bars – I LOVE zucchini in desserts. I mean, zucchini bread? Hello.

  3. Okay, the zucchini even LOOKS like apples! Our zucchini plant has been producing out of control as well. I’ve just been making zucchini brownies but these sound like a great idea to try!

  4. I’m sooo intrigued by these! I love zucchini bread and using it in any baked goods, and that crumbly top looks heavenly 🙂

  5. I had no idea that zucchini tastes like apples when baked! I am a lover of zucchini bread and I cannot wait to try this! My plants are a little behind yours so I may have to wait awhile!!