Applesauce Bars Recipe

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This low-cholesterol treat couldn’t be easier to make or better to eat! Applesauce creates a moist texture without the fat of oil, and sweet golden raisins compliment the cinnamon-spice flavor. Stephanie Bosma of Madison, Indiana shares the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fat-free milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 166 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, applesauce and oil until well blended. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in raisins.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a glaze consistency. Spread over warm bars. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 20 bars.
Originally published as Applesauce Bars in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p51

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DS2006 User ID: 3431226 243107
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"Something is really wrong with this recipe as written. I could not get the ingredients to incorporate; the texture was similar to playdoh. After consulting another recipe I decided it was missing eggs and added two. Now it is passable, but I wouldn't make again."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 228655
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"These were disappointing. I followed the directions exactly but the bars came out gummy and very thin."

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