Moist, spicy, and nutty, these bars are healthy snack as well as a treat.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in the coconut, dates, raisins, and zucchini. Spread batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. To make icing, mix together melted margarine, milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, cinnamon, and confectioners' sugar. Drizzle icing over the bars while still warm. Sprinkle chopped nuts over icing. Cut into bars when cool.

Nutrition Facts

109 calories; 5.2 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 83 mg sodium. 15.1 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
I am called "THE BAKER" by friends and family....NEVER NEVER NEVER have I received so many compliments on and recipe requests as I have for these delicious bars. I've made them 4 times in 2 weeks! I used currants because didn't have any dates--worked fine. Also--using quality cinnamon (and adding extra) brought many inquires as to the "special ingredient" in the icing. Thanks for a new favorite!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2010
These had really good flavor but are more like a cake than bars. The coconut flavor is subtle but present though the icing makes them a little too sweet and distracts from the yummy flavors. They are very light and fluffly and not as dense as I think bars typically are. Also to get the nutrition value that is stated in the recipe the bars are pretty small for a serving. You would most likely eat 2-3 times that for a normal size serving. Read More
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92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
I am called "THE BAKER" by friends and family....NEVER NEVER NEVER have I received so many compliments on and recipe requests as I have for these delicious bars. I've made them 4 times in 2 weeks! I used currants because didn't have any dates--worked fine. Also--using quality cinnamon (and adding extra) brought many inquires as to the "special ingredient" in the icing. Thanks for a new favorite!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
I am called "THE BAKER" by friends and family....NEVER NEVER NEVER have I received so many compliments on and recipe requests as I have for these delicious bars. I've made them 4 times in 2 weeks! I used currants because didn't have any dates--worked fine. Also--using quality cinnamon (and adding extra) brought many inquires as to the "special ingredient" in the icing. Thanks for a new favorite!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2003
Very moist. I added cranberries (dried) because I didn't have dates and added chocolate chips. I would not do cranberries again but otherwise very good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2007
Four stars instead of five for two reasons: These are definitely not "cookie bars"...it's cake. Second I didn't necessarily care for the dried fruit...it wasn't bad just not my favorite addition. I'm absolutely making it again but next time I'm dropping the raisins and dates baking it in cake pans and trying it topped with some sort of coconut pecan-type icing. I think that would be out of this world! All in all if you're a fan of zucchini bread/cake this is definitely worth trying! (By the way I made a half batch in a square pan and 30 minutes was a perfect baking time.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2008
this recipe is FANTASTIC! it was very moist and delicious. i loved and so did my entire family they were very skeptical at first when i told them it had zucchini in it (i'm the health nut in the family) but they ended up loveing it. i did not use the icing and used regular butter instead of margerine it was fine without it. i also omitted the raisins dates and nuts and instead added chocolate chips to half. very good i will definitly be making this again! fyi it's more like a moist cake than a "cookie bar" like the recipe says but definitly worth making Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
These are very good. I omitted the fruits and nuts increased the coconut just a little and added 1 C choc chips to the batter. Then I scattered some chips on the top after baking. Will be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
These bars are EXCELLENT! They are bars--not cake and the "icing" is actually a glaze. I've made them twice both times to RAVE reviews. I left out the dates used 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in the glaze and sprinkled with finely chopped pecans vice walnuts. Make sure to cool completely before cutting. 5-stars for sure!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2010
These had really good flavor but are more like a cake than bars. The coconut flavor is subtle but present though the icing makes them a little too sweet and distracts from the yummy flavors. They are very light and fluffly and not as dense as I think bars typically are. Also to get the nutrition value that is stated in the recipe the bars are pretty small for a serving. You would most likely eat 2-3 times that for a normal size serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2010
So good- I used all raisins since I didn't have dates on hand. Made the recipe exactly as written otherwise. Thanks for a yummy recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
This is so good!!! I made it exactly as the recipe is and it's moist sweet a little chewy with the dates and the coconut justs adds that little something extra. I will definitely make these again. Next time though I'll probably just put the nuts in the batter and then bake. The nuts look pretty on top if I was taking them over to a friends or for something special but just for at home I'll add them. Thank you!!! Read More
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