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Whole Grain Caramel-Apple Pecan Bars

Caramel-Apple Pecan Bars

Try this for Thanksgiving ...

Whole Grain Caramel-Apple Pecan Bars

Yield

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (Smart Balance)
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar or bake-able sugar substitute (Raw sugar)
  • large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (if substituting gluten-free flour add 1 tablespoon flax-meal to flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher salt)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sliced, dried apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans halves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce (make it or find it dairy free)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8- x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and Greek-style yogurt in a large mixing bowl; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, and beat well. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in a small mixing bowl; gradually add to creamed mixture, stirring well. Stir in apples.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared dish. Top with pecans. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of bars comes out clean. Let cool. Drizzle with caramel and cut into bars.

Calories303
Carbohydrates75g
Fiber8g
Sugar6g
Fat14g
Protein15g
Sodium239mg
Recipe from: http://healthyaperture.com/blog/post/healthy-back-to-school-cookies

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