Apple Date Bars

Apple Date Bars

Rated:
Recipe Rating: 3.61299
Makes 18
This recipe comes to us courtesy of the Renegade Lunch Lady Chef Ann Cooper and her book Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed our Children. These bars can be baked ahead, cut and frozen in zip-lock bags and kept up to 2 months in the freeze
Ingredients: 
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for the pan
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1/2 cup peeled and chopped apple
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
Method: 
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9x13-inch pan with butter and set aside.

Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the egg and milk. Stir in the apple. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and mix thoroughly. Stir in the nuts and dates.

Spread batter in the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 136 calories (47 from fat), 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 22mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 21g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 20g sugar), 2g protein.
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