Apple Crunch Bars
photo by Bev I Am
- Ready In:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup margarine, softened
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
- 2 egg whites
- 2 cups peeled chopped granny smith apples
- 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer.
- Reserve 2 cups flour mixture, and set aside.
- Add baking soda and next 3 ingredients to remaining flour mixture; beat well.
- Add vanilla and next 2 ingredients; beat well.
- Stir in apple.
- Press reserved 2 cups flour mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle walnuts over flour mixture.
- Spread apple mixture over prepared crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until browned.
- Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
- Yield: 24 servings (serving size: 1[2-1/4 x 2-1/8-inch] bar).
- NOTES: Ann Lapinski, of Schenectady, New York, lightened her mother's crunchy dessert recipe and served it to her family.
- They didn't notice any difference.
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Oh Goodness, Lauralie!! It is a good thing these little guys are good for you, because I will be eating a lot of them!! I made as directed, but I added about 1/2 cup of craisins in with the apple mixture (just for fun : ) and they added just the touch I was looking for! Thanks so much for this great recipe! I love having a new way to use my fall apples!
These are delicious! They're certainly not as rich and heavy as the traditional bar cookie, but that's fine with me! The crust does give them a nice crunch, while the apple topping is light and fluffy. Mine browned up in only 30 minutes. I'll definitely make these again when I'm craving a guilt-free snack.