My daughter (almost 14) has become quite the baker! In fact, almost every Sunday, she’s trying a new cookie recipe. Although, most of the cookies she chooses to bake I would not classify as “healthy”, there are occassion when we swap out ingredients together, or cut back on the sugar to make them just a bit healthier.
That is what we’ve done with this cookie bar. First, we made the change from butter to a mixture of coconut oil and applesauce. We cut the fat by 1/2, and the fat we used was from coconut oil. Definitely a positive move.
Second, we cut our sugar by over 50%, and decided to try some Organic Turbinado Raw sugar. While I’m not convinced it’s any better for you than regular sugar, it did have a nice molasses aroma to it, which was perfect for this Cinnamon Apple Bar Recipe.
We also added some dried apples that we made this week. My mom dropped off an entire box of apples that we used to make our favorite, “Dried apple pie”.
Apples are a great food to include in your families diet! They are high in fiber and phytonutrients! Apples are also well accepted by most kids, and can take on different flavors and textures depending on how you prepare them. Raw, dried, mashed, cooked, juiced, covered in peanut butter, etc!
The final recipe was this:
- 1/2 cup – raw organic turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup – oil, coconut
- 1/2 cup – applesauce, unsweetened
- 1 large – egg
- 1 tsp – vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup – whole wheat flour
- 3 cup – oats
- 1/2 tsp – salt
- 1/2 tsp – cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp – nutmeg
- 1/2 cup – dried apples
- Whisk together turbinado sugar with melted coconut oil. Add the applesauce, egg and vanilla.
- Fold in the dry ingredients.
- Chop dried apples and add to batter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour into a greased 8 X 8 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.
- Allow to cool, and cut into bars.