Pick-Me-Up Bars

(from Lucianolinda’s recipe box)

Source: Diabetic Recipes magazine

Categories: brownies, cookies bars, snack bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 8 oz. dates, snipped
  • 2 1/2 tsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp. canola or cooking oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 × 9x 2-inch baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick spray; set aside. Combine the honey, orange juice, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir in the dates; set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, combine applesauce, syrup, egg whites, and oil. Add applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in date mixture. Spoon batter into the prepared baking pan; press evenly into pan with fingers or back of spoon.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bars on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Remove from pan by lifting the edges of the foil.
  4. makes 24 bars

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