16 adult servings (serving size: 1 bar)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

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.

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