About this recipe: These delicious snacks are perfect anytime of the day. A lightly spiced apple cake is topped with icing and cut into bars.
First of all, I have to say that I made a lot of modifications. I was looking for a healthy cake/bar with applesauce that we can eat as a family for dessert, and not blow a bunch of calories! This turned out to be a good starting point. I used turbinado sugar (same sweetness as processed, but comes in crystals--still has that molasses flavor, but lighter). We had some leftover cinnamon applesauce, so I used that, and the little bit of extra cinnamon was great. Instead of raisins, I chopped up half of a big gala apple (skin on, important vitamins) and used about a third of a cup of chopped walnuts. I also used 2/3 whole wheat flour, instead of all white. That said, it's a delicious, moist bar with a wonderful flavor, and I think the apples and walnuts make it much more satiating, too. It's also very quick and easy to make, popped it in as I was making lunch. The only reason I didn't put 5 stars, is because I made so many changes and didn't leave it as-is. - 05 Aug 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
A very nice, cake like texture. Almost like a spice cake. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I didn't care for the icing. I will make this again but make a different icing. - 21 Nov 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
These are a very moist bar. They have a nice flavor. Next time, I think I will just dust with powdered sugar instead of icing them. - 18 Nov 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)