Pick-Me-Up Bars

Pick-Me-Up Bars

  • Servings: 24

Have a long day ahead of you? Pack one of these bars to eat for extra energy. These healthy snack bars get a boost of fiber and nutrients from whole wheat flour and dates. They're also great for breakfast or as a healthy dessert. To quickly line the pan with non-stick aluminum foil, turn pan upside down and press a sheet of aluminum foil around it. Remove foil. Turn over, drop the shaped aluminum foil inside. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. To store, wrap and freeze the individual bars. Thaw before eating.

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Ingredients

  • 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
  • Aluminum foil

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending beyond edges of pan. Lightly coat the aluminum foil with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the honey, orange juice and lemon juice. Stir in the dates; set aside.

Step 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.

Step 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 aluminum foil. Cut into 24 bars. Makes 24 bars.

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