Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
These light and tasty dessert bars are super moist and low in fat and sugar. Ideal for snacks or a light dessert. Adopted from Desserts for Diabetics cookbook.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 3⁄4 cup dry sugar substitute (I used Splenda)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon clove
- 1 1⁄2 cups hot unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup walnuts, chopped (I used pecans)
- 1⁄4 cup raisins
- Place flour, sugar, dry sugar substitute, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixer bowl and mix at low speed to blend well.
- Combine hot applesauce and baking soda. (Don't try to be modern and use cold applesauce and mix the baking soda with the flour; it doesn't work as well that way.).
- Add the applesauce mixture, along with oil, nuts, and raisins, to flour mixture.
- Mix at medium speed until flour is moistened and batter is creamy.
- Spread batter evenly in a 9 x 13-inch cake pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or greased well with margarine or butter.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 or 25 minutes, or until bars pull away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester comes out clean from the center. Cool on a wire rack.
I had a copy of this cookbook from the library and made these a few times before. I posted a variation on this recipe about 3 years ago ( Chocolate-Applesauce-Flax Seed Bars ) but forgot to post the original for safe keeping, so thanks for posting it. These are tasty and very moist and chewy. I also used pecans and left out the raisins. Made for Fall 2009 My 3 Chefs game.