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Applesauce Bars

These low-cholesterol applesauce bars 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, Madison, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 bars


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • Beth
    Apr 20, 2020

    I don't know why people are hating on this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly last night and it turned out to be a nice solution for an easy snack cake that comes together quickly. The golden raisins definitely give it more interest, and it would also be good with walnuts, if you can manage it. Next time I might add more cinnamon and cloves and also perhaps a teaspoon of orange juice in the glaze for a bit of zip. But the recipe is very nice, as is.

  • DS2006
    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
    Jun 28, 2015

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