Sugar-Free Raisin Bars Recipe
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Sugar-Free Raisin Bars Recipe

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Syracuse, Nebraska cook Betty Ruenholl remarks, "My mother is diabetic so I keep these moist, golden bars on hand for dessert. I even serve them during the holidays. They're a nice light snack for everyone."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 92 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook raisins, water, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg until butter is melted; continue cooking for 3 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients.
  2. Spread into an 8-in. square baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Sugar-Free Raisin Bars in Taste of Home August/September 1994 , p44

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iteach5 User ID: 6124838 2821
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"Very good!"

iteach5 User ID: 6124838 6974
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"This was very good. Sugar-restricted husband enjoyed it very much. I changed the order of combining ingredients mixing dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and then adding them to the raisin mixture after cooling it slightly. I added some of the hot mixture to the egg mixture before combining together. The batter was a little soupy so I added 2/3 cup of oats. I also increased the vanilla to 1 teaspoon. It was especially good when topped with sugar-free vanilla ice cream."

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