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How to Make Healthy, Homemade Fruit Bars

This recipe for healthy apple bars makes a big batch, perfect for potlucks and parties. For variety, use berries, stone fruit or dried fruit instead of apples and cinnamon. Both kids and adults will love this healthy lunchbox treat!

This recipe, for healthy apple bars makes a big batch, perfect for potlucks and parties. To prepare the crust, combine 3/4 cup nuts, 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Then, cut 4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter into small pieces. Add to the food processor and pulse until well mixed. Next, whisk 1 egg, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract in a small bowl. With the motor running, add the mixture to the food processor. Process, then pulse, scraping down the sides, until the mixture begins to clump. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mixture and combine in a bowl with 1/4 cup chopped nuts. Set aside for the topping. Transfer the dough to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom to form a crust. To prepare the fruit filling, combine 4 cups diced peeled apples, 1/2 cup apple cider, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cornstarch in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick. Stir in 2 more cups diced apples, 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread the fruit filling, over the crust. Then, sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling. Bake the bars at 400˚F for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350˚ and bake until the crust and topping are lightly browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely, before cutting into bars. Find this recipe and more healthy recipes on eatingwell.com.
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