Healthy Bean Bars

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by ralphsgirl1969

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.

Top Review by Nichola M

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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