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    Healthy Bean Bars

    Healthy Bean Bars. Photo by Nichola M

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    Total Time:

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    55 mins

    15 mins

    40 mins

    Chef #858819's Note:

    I found this recipe in the June edition of After 50 magazine. It is one of Chef Jim Rebholz recipes. I made a few easy changes to his original recipe, by using a can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed; and used canola oil; and mixed everything in my blender. This taste like a spice cake with raisins, and smells so good cooking. I will definitely make this again, and add nuts and toasted wheat germ to it.

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    Serves: 16



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Mash the beans into a paste consistency.
    2. 2
      Add the rest of the ingredients to the paste.
    3. 3
      Stir mixture thoroughly.
    4. 4
      Pour into 8 x 8 baking pan.
    5. 5
      Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 40 minutes.
    6. 6
    7. 7
      The use of pears, or other fruit can be used to replace the applesauce.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 18, 2011


      Pretty good. I might try this recipe again using a larger pan (13 X 9?), since it resulted in more of a cake (that is not very sweet) rather than bars. I can see lots of different ingredient possibilities for this recipe. I used a "bean blend" (beans, peas and lentils), rhubarb compote in place of applesauce, one whole egg and half the cloves. The whole wheat flour makes the product somewhat dense, but the beans seem to give it a smoother texture that is more moist (and easy to cut). Little bits of beans here and there (food processor) but not bad. My personal tendency would be to add frosting! :) Thanks for posting!

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    • on July 31, 2009


      I was pretty dubious about this recipe. But it's good. It doesn't taste like bean at all, but you'll get the healthiness of beans all the same. It tastes like a spice cake. I halved the cloves to 1/4 tsp but still found it to be too much. I'd like to try cutting out the oil and replacing it with more applesauce, too. I used olive this time, and it was quite tasty. I used garbanzo beans (for the high protein). I recommend whirring them in the food processor. I had a few rogue beans that didn't get mashed and you definitely taste that if you bite into it.

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    • 55

      I made this recipe yesterday (June 13, 2008), using one 15.5 oz can of Cannellini (white kidney) beans; rinsed of course. I discovered too late, that I didn't have any allspice, so I just added an extra 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon and a couple extra shakes of cloves and nutmeg. Aside from this, the only other change I made to the recipe was Canola oil, instead of olive oil.....and they turned out GREAT!! I plan to make them again and again. I've already put Allspice down on my grocery list. Thanks Chef #858819 for sharing this toothsome, but healthy dessert. Joje

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    Nutritional Facts for Healthy Bean Bars

    Serving Size: 1 (52 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 160.7
    Calories from Fat 56
    Total Fat 6.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 5.1 mg
    Sodium 113.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 13.3 g
    Protein 3.1 g

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