Apple-Date Bars

Oxmoor House
These offer a great homemade alternative to store-bought cereal bars. The butter contributes to the golden crust of the dense, moist fruit-studded treats. You can use walnuts instead of pecans or substitute raisins for the dates.
16 adult servings (serving size: 1 bar)


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9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
7 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 large)
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled Red Delicious apple (about 1 large)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.

3. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir just until combined to form a stiff batter. Toss dates with 1 teaspoon flour. Toss apples with juice. Add dates, apples, and pecans to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

let your toddler help by: Locating and gathering the ingredients. Pouring the measured dry ingredients into the mixing bowl. Adding the measured dates, apples, and pecans to the batter.

Created date

January 2011

Nutritional Information

Calories 279
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 9 g
Satfat 3.6 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 3.3 g
Carbohydrate 48.5 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 26 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 193 mg
Calcium 33 mg