Just in time for you to use all the extra zucchini from the garden that you have no idea what to do with! Or you can send it to me since my tiny porch garden doesn’t support zucchini growing.

This month’s recipe redux was all about bites and bars. I took these babies for a vegan potluck event– yes, I went to a vegan potluck event. No I am not vegan, but this local group has a monthly meeting with a new speaker each month (last month we learned about organic farming techniques) and they invite everyone in the community who is interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle. Annnd they’ve asked ME to present to the group in October!

So anyway, these little beauties were a hit. I’ve never tried to bake anything vegan before and I ended up making two different versions of these– a vegan and non-vegan version with eggs because I was nervous about using the chia seed mixture in place of eggs. To my surprise, the vegan version was BETTER and the little chia seeds reminded me almost of a poppyseed muffin. If you’re nervous about baking something vegan, just forget about the fact that they are vegan at all because no one would know if you didn’t mention it.

Lemon Raspberry Zucchini Bars

Makes 28 servings

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 8.21.20 AM1. Mix the chia seeds and water together in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, salt. Set aside.

2. Mix thoroughly together the sugar, applesauce, coconut oil, lemon juice and zest. Add the zucchini.

3. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet and fold in raspberries. Pour into a greased (with coconut oil) 9×13 inch pan and bake on 350 degrees for 25- 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center.

Don’t forget to check out all the other bites and bars from my fellow Recipe Redux bloggers (just click the little blue froggy):

Have you used zucchini in any creative ways this summer? Or made a “healthy” dessert and surprised yourself at how good it turned out?

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