Sunday, September 8, 2013

Skinny Apple Pie Cookie Bar

Although there are only a few more weeks until the official start of Fall (according to one source fall officially starts on September 22) apple based recipes are in full bloom.  All of my favorite bloggers and cooking sites have begun to post their favorite apple recipes.  I came across this "Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Bars" recipe a few weeks ago on Pinterest and instantly knew I needed to recreate  a healthier version.

In order to create a healthy recipe with relatively"non-processed" ingredients this meant I would need to start from scratch. The original recipe included a store purchased sugar cookie dough and canned apple pie filling.  Both are loaded with sugar and fat and were not included in my recipe.

If you are a fan of apple pie you will love these healthier cookie bars.  The sweetened cinnamon apple layer sandwiched in between the two cookie layers produces a taste much like that of the apple pie most crave during every fall season.  The benefit of these bars is they lack the calories the typical apple pie offers.  You can enjoy one bar for less than 150 calories!

What are your favorite apple recipes?

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith
Skinny Apple Pie Cookie Bars

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Keywords: dessert
Ingredients (12 servings)
    Cookie crust:
    • 3 egg whites
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • ¾ cup flour
    Apple filling:
    • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced as thin as possible
    • 1 tablespoon light butter spread (ie. Smart Balance Spread), melted
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • pinch of ground cloves
    • pinch of nutmeg
    Additional ingredients:
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 -3 teaspoons cinnamon
    • non-stick cooking spray
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; spray a 9 x 13 inch glass pan with non-stick cooking spray
    2. Mix all of the apple filling ingredients together (apple slices, light butter spread, sugar, cinnamon, flour, gloves, and nutmeg) and set aside
    3. In a separate bowl whisk together egg whites until they foam; mix in sugar; mix in vegetable oil and applesauce; add vanilla, salt, baking powder; add flour and stir well (mixture will be thin)
    4. Pour about 2/3 of batter into glass pan; top with apple slice mixture; drizzle remaining batter; sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon on top
    5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 28 – 35 minutes or until crispy and golden brown
    Serving size: 1/12 recipe • Servings: 12 • Calories: 122.9 kcal • Protein: 1.8 g • Sodium: 95.7 mg • Carbs: 25.9 g • Fat: 1.7 g • Fiber: 0.8 • Sugars: 18.5 g
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    1 comment:

    1. Well I AM an apple pie fan - and I can't wait to make these!! YUM!!
      Fall is my favorite season - and I can't wait to get cooking with the amazing apple harvest!! So many options ... so little time! :)



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