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Apple Date Bars

Makes 18
Time 30 min
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 freezer.
Special Diets:
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
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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.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 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
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