We still have a ton of apples left from our mountain day trip a few weeks ago. So I’m trying to get creative with what to do with them that doesn’t involve a ton of calories or sugar. And I’m not a huge fan of eating them raw, so that means… I have to bake. Darn. 🙂
I found the idea of apple spice bars, but then I wanted to take it a little further and really make the apples the star of the show. So I adapted a recipe and came up with these.
Reduced Sugar Apple Pie Bars
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 stick of butter, melted
- 1 c. loosely packed brown sugar
- 1 c. splenda
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 medium apples, decored, peeled, and cut into large slice chunks (think mini-version of apple pie apples slices)
- 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp apple pie spice (or pumpkin pie spice)
- 1/2 c. cinnamon chips
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves in a medium bowl. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Mix in the apples and cinnamon chips at slow speed, or fold in by hand.
Spread mixture into pan and don’t get too caught up in the details. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Sprinkle with cinnamon and apple pie spice mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Yum.