Healthy-ISH. They still have sugar, butter and flour but if I had to put them up against regular cookie bars in a healthy contest I think they'd win. And here's a big bonus for me ... THEY'RE SOY FREE!!! I can't eat the fruit and cereal bars because they're packed with the stuff. I adapted the recipe from "Fruit Newtons" on applecrumbles.com. My recipe will follow.
Into the oven they went. When the "baked goods" smell got super intense they had about 2 minutes left. I let them cool almost all the way before I lifted out the parchment and chopped them into bars using my big kitchen knife. The taste was great BUT check this out .... I made them yesterday. I just had one to go with the writing of this blog and they are "next day better!" They're moist and delicious and the fruit flavor is more intense now than it was last night. Oh so good!
Healthy-ish Fruit Bars
- 16 ounces of fresh fruit
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk (or soy milk, or rice milk, or milk milk)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats (I used quick oats for their size, if you want bigger bits use regular oats)
- 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds, crunched up
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- In a saucepan, combine fruit, 1/2 cup sugar and water. If you are using fruit with peels let it sit a few minutes then removed peels. Bring to a boil while stirring. Removed from heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, beat the butter, 1 cup sugar, egg, milk and extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, salt and baking powder. Stir in oats and almonds. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until evenly combined. Chill dough for 1 hour.
- 15 minutes before the hour is up, preheat oven to 350F.
- Strain water off fruit and give the fruit a quick twirl in the blender.
- Roll out half the dough on a floured surface (or right on parchment). You might want to flour your rolling pin as well. Put bottom layer of dough into a 9x13" baking dish. Spread fruit onto bottom layer. Roll out other half of dough and lay it gracefully and beautifully on top of fruit layer. Or do it like I did.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool, at least most of the way, and then lift out parchment and slice into bars.