Pick-Me-Up Bars

By rbergman

  • 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Test Kitchen Tip: To store, wrap and freeze individual bars. Thaw before eating.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts Per Serving
* Servings
24 bars
* Calories 89
* Total Fat (g) 1
* Saturated Fat (g) 0
* Monounsaturated Fat (g) 0
* Cholesterol (mg) 0
* Sodium (mg) 36
* Carbohydrate (g) 20
* Total Sugar (g) 9
* Fiber (g) 2
* Protein (g) 2
* Vitamin C (DV%) 3
* Calcium (DV%) 1
* Iron (DV%) 4
Diabetic Exchanges
* Starch (d.e.) .5
* Fruit (d.e.) 1

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6 replies

Avera 2009-02-26 00:12:28 -0600 Report

I'm glad you posted this one. This weekend I am going out of town and staying in a hotel. I've decided to prepare these to take along for a snack. They sound like something I will truly enjoy.

rbergman 2009-02-25 23:26:47 -0600 Report

If you want them a bit chewier rather than crunchy just decrease the baking time to 10-12 minutes. I also store them in an airtight container with a slice of bread, it helps to keep them moist and they don't dry out. I actually just made these over the weekend and they were still moist today when we got home.