Apple-Date Bars

Lee Harrelson

The butter contributes to the golden crust of the dense, moist fruit-studded bars. You can use walnuts instead of pecans, or substitute raisins for the dates.

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 bar)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 279
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 3.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 48.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 26mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 193mg
  • Calcium: 33mg

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 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

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl; stir 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, 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 nuts 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.
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