Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Bars

The Karate Kid & Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Bars

John 13:7

Jesus answered, “You don’t know what I am doing now. But later you will understand.”


This exact quote from Jesus is His response to Peter’s objections to Jesus washing his feet. However, it’s applicable to so many of our situations.

Why am I sick?
How long will I struggle financially?
Is this happening for any reason at all?

You don’t know right now, but one day, you will.

In the movie The Karate Kid, a boy named Daniel wants to learn to defend himself against bullies. I promise I’m not just making you read about a 25 year old movie, but I’ll give a quick recap for those who haven’t seen it. An older man jumps in to help him, and from that point on, Daniel looks to the man, Mr. Miyagi, to teach him karate. But, the training doesn’t go how Daniel thought it would.

Daniel begins to spend time with Mr. Miyagi, but it seems like all he’s doing are chores: waxing cars, sanding floors, and painting fences. Eventually, he’s had enough of the housework and begins to lose it. He confronts Mr. Miyagi because he wasn’t sure what was going on, but he knew it wasn’t learning karate.

That’s when Mr. Miyagi shows Daniel that all of the “chores” he’s been doing are actually teaching him everything he needs to know. He takes him through each move and shows him what he learned and how it actually brought him closer to reaching his goals than he’d ever imagined.

Just because Daniel couldn’t see the plan or didn’t understand it doesn’t mean that it didn’t exist. I’ve been talking a lot about how God knows the future and exactly how it all fits together. And it might sound like a broken record, but it’s something I wake up and struggle with daily.

Jesus knew we’d face challenges in walking by faith and not by sight. It’s why He said this to Peter 2,000 years ago when He reached for his feet. And it’s why He’s reminding us now, on the daily.

And of all the promises that are made in the Bible, this is one of my favorites: but later you will understand. We won’t be in the dark forever. Right now, we’re living solely by faith, but one day, that faith will allow us to walk hand in hand with the One who’s been able to see the perfect plan all along.


What are some of the things you struggle to remain hopeful and faithful in? Write a reminder note to yourself about God’s ability to see the plan, even when you can’t, and keep that note close by for times of doubt.


For complete trust in the One who knows all.



Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Bars

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 8 Bars

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  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • non-stick cooking spray


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Grate 1 medium zucchini and allow to sit on a paper towel while making the batter to remove some of the liquid
  4. In a blender, combine all ingredients except for zucchini and chocolate chips and blend until smooth
  5. Add chocolate chips and zucchini to batter and mix until combined
  6. Pour batter evenly into brownie pan and bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  7. Allow to cool before cutting into 8 bars

Tips & Tools

The recipe is calculated using the zero calorie granulated sweetener, Swerve, and Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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