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Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bars

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bars 16.000

James M. Thresher for The Washington Post

Cooking for One Oct 15, 2008

This is from Cooking for One writer Tracy Dahl; she had help in scaling down a favorite family recipe.

The bars freeze well, for up to 1 month; cut the cooled bars and wrap individually.

Servings: 16 bars
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening, such as Crisco Butter Flavor
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (may use 1/4 cup egg substitute instead)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts (may substitute nuts of your choice)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking oil spray, or line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on 2 sides for easy release after baking.

Combine the shortening, brown sugar and egg in a mixing bowl until well incorporated, then add the applesauce and mix well.

Combine 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon and the 3/4 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and the nutmeg on a piece of wax paper; add to the shortening mixture. Add the chocolate chips and nuts, stirring to mix well.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool, then run a knife around the edges and cut into bars.

If using the parchment paper, run a knife along the 2 non-papered sides, then lift the slab onto a cutting board and let cool. Cut into bars.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per bar: 108

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 13mg 4%

Sodium: 61mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 14g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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