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Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars

Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch—perfect for fall potlucks and parties.

Ingredients
Prep: 40 | Total Time: 165
  • 1 cup
    chopped nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnut or old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 3/4 cup
    whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup
    sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt
  • 4 tablespoons
    cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large
    egg
  • 2 tablespoons
    canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    almond extract
  • 6 cups
    diced peeled apples, divided
  • 1/2 cup
    apple cider, or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup
    sugar
  • 1/4 cup
    cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. To prepare crust: Combine 3/4 cup nuts (or oats), whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Add butter; pulse until well incorporated.
  2. Whisk egg, oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract in a small bowl. With the motor running, add the mixture to the food processor. Process, then pulse, scraping down the sides, if necessary, until the mixture begins to clump, 30 to 45 seconds (it will look crumbly). Measure out 1/2 cup of the mixture and combine in a bowl with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped nuts (or oats). Set aside for the topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Generously coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. To prepare fruit filling & assemble bars: Combine 4 cups apples, cider (or orange juice), sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 cups apples, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom to form a crust. Spread the fruit filling over the crust.. Sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling.
  6. Bake the bars for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake until the crust and topping are lightly brown, 25 to 30 minutes more. Let cool completely before cutting into bars, at least 1 1/2 hours.
Nutritional Information
  • Calories 193
  • Fat 9 g
    • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Carbohydrates 27 g
    • Dietary fiber 2 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Sodium 69 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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