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These are really really good and I especially like the choco taste w/o feeling the guilt. The snap from the nuts and flax seed comes thru nicely as does the applesauce for flavor and moistness. I cut the recipe in 1/2 and also used 1/2 cup Nutritious Flour Blend and 1/2 cup white flour. I did opt to use craisins in place of the raisins and also used the chopped up walnuts. These are a fine mix between a cake and bar. Made for PRMR~
Haven't tried these yet, but it's highly misleading to have 'flax' in the name when there's only 1 tbl of flax in the recipe! That amount of flax is practically useless.
These are VERY GOOD SOFT HEALTHY bars. They didn't turn out flavorwise as expected though...they taste sort of like a bran muffin to me...that may be because I used 1c whole wheat pastry flour and 1c whole wheat flour. I also can't taste the chocolate or spices at all. This was my first experience with flax seeds...they're not bad. I used pecan chips and omitted the raisins so I could eat this on the South Beach diet.
Wonderful snack bars...mine came out very brownie like - a delicious, moist, chocolate & nutty treat!! I don't know how much of a difference it made, but I did not use a mixer and decided to do it all by hand...it worked fine for me! I was a bit heavy handed with the flax seeds because I love them, and added about two additional teaspoons. I used walnuts and chose to use dried cranberries instead of raisins because I prefer their flavor with chocolate. I also really enjoyed the little effect of "chemistry in the kitchen" when adding the baking soda to the warmed applesauce - the "fizzle" was fun!! Will most definitely be making these again...I think it has been my most successful experience in baking with "Spelnda" yet - fabulous instruction - Thanks mikekey!!
I did not make this diabetic friendly! I used 1 C Sucanat and I think I would add a little more next time. Increased the ground flax (I think even 2 T is not much). Added some M&M's. Baked in a 7x11 and cut it into 20 squares. A cross between a cake and a brownie. Thanks.