I mentioned that I made some new granola bars. Now, these weren't made with zucchini, but it was a new recipe, and I always try to share new recipes here. These are definitely not on my list of favorites. I stated that I didn't have an apple, so I used pear. Maybe that made the difference, but I'm pretty sure I'm just not a fan of this one. I will give it another chance with apple and let you know how that goes. Sunshine helped me make these, too. When she tried them, she looked at me and said, "Yeah, not so much". She actually said they were too sweet and I have to agree with her. Now, Monster, he loves them. I put them in his lunch and he came home and told me they were the best bars ever. Husband thinks they are too peanut buttery. So I guess this one is just kind of...eh.
Back to the zucchini. Since I shredded so much of it, I had a day of baking with zucchini. It started with the brownies. Then, I made Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread. I thought for sure this would be a hit. I baked it fresh in the morning and had it with dinner. It would have been better if it had been fresh out of the oven. I can't put my finger on it, but it just wasn't all that good. Sunshine didn't like it. Husband and I only thought it was OK. Monster liked it and had 3 pieces, so it didn't go to waste. Probably not a recipe I will do again though.
To add a little more zucchini to our dinner, Sunshine and I also made Zucchini Tots. These were actually super simple to make and very tasty! Well, Sunshine didn't like them, but that's no surprise. I did double the amount of bread crumbs though. When mixing them, I thought they looked too "squishy" so I added an extra 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. I think I made the right call. I also needed to leave them in the oven 15 minutes longer than the recipe called for. I poked one after the timer went off, and it just didn't seem to be done. With the adjustments, this recipe is a keeper, even if Sunshine won't eat it.
I have some buttermilk left over from the Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread and I'm excited to find a new recipe in which to use it! I also still have one more zucchini so we shall see if I come up with any other baked goods using that!