Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars Recipe
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Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars Recipe

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This made over recipe has less than half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol of the original recipe...plus 32% fewer calories. Yet the thin crust retains its buttery taste and the fruity filling is still sweet and gooey.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup quartered maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

One bar equals 194 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. In a food processor, place flour and confectioners' sugar; cover and process until blended. Add butter; cover and pulse 15 times or until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. For filling, combine the egg, egg whites, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add the egg mixture. Stir in cherries, nuts and coconut. Spread over crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p11

Nutritional Facts

One bar equals 194 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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"Would like to make printable in different sizes"

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