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Apple Squares – 31 Days of Fall Flavors Recipe #4

I made these the other night and thanks to my 4-year-old, they were gone within a few days.  Normally she won’t touch anything with nuts.  So maybe I didn’t tell her when I first gave her one that there were nuts in it.  She quickly called out my little omission, but kept right on stuffing her face.  While the original recipe I found on Allrecipes.com isn’t that diet sabotaging at only 150 calories per bar and 5g of fat, a few little tweaks brings them down to just over 100 calories per bar and 1g of fat.  May not be the cleanest of recipes, but they are yummy and make a great healthy-ish dessert idea for a potluck.

Apple Squares

Makes 16 servings

Ingredients

    • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 Tbsp All natural Applesauce
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup chopped apple
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

 Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×9 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, and brown sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg whites and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and walnuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and brown sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

 

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