Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pick-Me-Up Bars, healthy snack bars

Pick-Me-Up Bars, healthy snack bars.

Whole wheat flour and dates provide fiber and nutrients to create these healthy snack bars, which would also be great for breakfast or dessert.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
Servings: 24 bars

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 8-ounce package pitted whole dates, snipped
  • 2-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon canola or cooking oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the honey, orange juice and lemon juice. Stir in the dates; set aside.
Combine the flour, soda, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a second mixing bowl, combine applesauce, syrup, egg whites, and oil. Add applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in date mixture. Spoon batter in the prepared baking pan; press evenly into pan with fingers or the back of the spoon.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bars on a wire rack. Remove bars from pan by lifting the edges of the foil. Cut into 24 bars. Makes 24 bars.
Test Kitchen Tip

To store, wrap and freeze individual bars. Thaw before eating.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 89, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 36 mg, Carbohydrate 20 g, Total Sugar 9 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 2 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 3%, Calcium 1%, Iron 4%. Exchanges: Fruit 1, Starch .5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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