pear n'apple date bars
these may end up as one of my favorite snack bars ever. they came out moist and soft with huge chunks of juicy bartlett pears and gala apples and sweet little dates. i adapted the recipe for apple-date bars from an old cookinglight magazine...like so many other recipes there it was laden with white sugar and white flour..2 cups of sugar was insane and really even 3/4 cup could be scaled to 1/2 cup if so inclined. i can't imagine eating this any other way now! littlefoodie booty and bigfoodie daddy just could'nt get enough. the camera battery just pooped out on me so i'll have to make it again this week to definitley post a pick of these bars in all their heavenly and juicy glory!
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup organic spelt flour
1 tspbaking soda
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup organic natural dark brown sugar
7 tbl unsalted organic butter, softened
1 lrg organic egg
2 lrg organic egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp pure all natural vanilla extract
1 cup chopped medjool dates
1 tsp whole wheat flour
2 bartlett pears, diced chunky
1 gala apple. diced chunky
preheat oven to 325°
combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a and stir. set aside.
beat sugar and butter in a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. add egg and egg whites.
Stir in applesauce and vanilla.
add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir just until combined.
toss dates with 1 tsp flour.
add dates, pears and apples, and nuts stirring just until combined.
pour batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
bake for 1 hour.