At a fun evening with friends, Kevin and I were able to enjoy a piece (or two or three) of this amazing, partially good-for-you apple bars. Molly and her husband are pretty health conscious, but I knew they enjoy delicious foods, which told me I would totally love this dessert. She told me they were full of oats, made with applesauce rather than oil, and speckled with apples. (She added white chocolate chips to hers--very, very good decision!) There is still a good amount of sugar in these, but for a dessert, I'd say it's a tasty win!
The only thing that would make these apple bars even better? A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! (but then that throws the 99 calories per bar out the window! *wink*)
Apple Bars Recipe
recipe adapted from my friend Molly Lopez-Cepero
Makes 24 bars
1-1/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup (1 medium) chopped apple
1 cup white chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9x13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and oats.
In a separate large bowl, beat together applesauce, brown sugar and white sugar for 2 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition and then stir in vanilla.
Add dry mixture into the liquid ingredients and stir gently until combined. Fold in chopped apples (and optional white chocolate chips).
Bake 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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