Tropical Fruit Bars

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Chewy pineapple and papaya, tart lime and sweet coconut combine in an exotic fruit bar.

Tropical Fruit Bars

Makes: 15 bars

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  • 1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried pineapple
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried papaya
  • 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-by-12-inch or 7-by-11-inch baking pan with cooking spray
  2. Whisk together flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk together brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and lime zest in another bowl until no lumps of brown sugar remain. Whisk in lime juice and milk. Add the dry ingredients, pineapple and papaya and stir just until combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle coconut over the top. Bake until golden on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.


Per bar: 192 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 14 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber; 122 mg sodium; 54 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (100% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

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