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Cinnamon Nut Bars

Classic bar meets good-for-you ingredients in this updated recipe. If you have the patience, after the bars are cool, store them in a tin for a day to allow the flavors to meld...I think they taste even better the next day.— Heidi Lindsey, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, beaten
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, combine egg, oil, applesauce and honey. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.
  • Spread batter into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Combine icing ingredients; spread over warm bars. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 142 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Maria
    Mar 13, 2018

    I made these bars yesterday and followed the recipe to the letter with the exception of the icing. I skipped the butter and honey; and added 1 teaspoon more of water. These bars are delicious!!??

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Feb 12, 2018

    The cinnamon flavor in these bars is just right. I used one cup of all-purpose flour since there was no wheat flour on hand. Also, walnuts were sparse so I used half walnuts and half almonds for the amount of nuts in the recipe. These are very tasty bars.

  • bfordok
    Jun 23, 2016

    Has anyone used all plain flour? I never have whole wheat flour and wonder if I may substitute plain all purpose flour.

  • snowfalln2
    Sep 29, 2015

    I made these for work everyone loved them. I didn't put the icing on them I sprinkled them with powdered sugar. I will make these again very easy to make and delish!

  • bests4him
    Jan 17, 2015

    Easy and quick. I used unflavored cooking coconut oil. My only suggestion would be to put frosting on when almost completely cool. Will make again.

  • grannyfromwisc
    Jan 9, 2015

    Super moist and yummy. I used almonds in my recipe and when I prepared the batter it seemed that there was so little of it to be used in a 13x9 pan. But they ended up looking like a brownie bar size in the pan so perfect.

  • sstetzel
    Jan 5, 2015

    Amalet, sugars are a subcategory of the total carbohydrate count of 18 per serving. Our nutritional listing only lists the categories as a whole. Hope that clears up any confusion.

  • AMalet
    Jan 4, 2015

    The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of cnfectioners sugar yetyour Nutritional facts, is silent on sugar content ?? How Is that possible . What is going on at Tast of Home ?

  • pardeemom
    Jan 4, 2015

    These are very delicious and moist. They were better the next day and reminded me of a cinnamon roll in terms of flavor. We will be making this again.