Applesauce bars

Here’s a fun snacking cake that was developed by Emily Richards, P.H. Ec., for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. It has lots of apple taste and is perfect to tuck into kids lunches to tote along or when friends are coming over for a visit


1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) wheat bran
1/4 cup (50 mL) ground flax
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg
Pinch cloves (optional)
Pinch salt
2 cups (500 mL) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil


In large bowl whisk together flour, bran, flax, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, if using and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together applesauce, brown sugar, eggs and oil. Pour over flour mixture and stir until moistened.

Scrape batter into greased and parchment paper lined 13 x 9–inch baking pan and spread evenly. Bake in 350 F oven for about 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool completely and cut into bars.

Tip: Use a cookie cutter to cut out your favourite shapes for the kids.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 24 bars

Nutrition Facts per serving:

Calories: 96
Fat: 4 g
Saturated: 0 g
Cholesterol: 16 mg
Sodium: 46 mg
Potassium: 94 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fibre: 2 g
Protein: 2 g


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