Applesauce Raisin Bars Recipe -
Applesauce Raisin Bars Recipe
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Applesauce Raisin Bars

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Original recipe makes 32 bars Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar until smooth. Blend in the applesauce and egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice, stir into the applesauce mixture. Fold in raisins. Spread the batter evenly in to the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. To make frosting: Heat butter in a small saucepan until melted and golden brown. Blend in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Gradually stir in the milk until icing is smooth and spreadable. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 05, 2007

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 07, 2011

this was ok - nothing extraordinary.


19 Ratings

Nov 21, 2006

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.

Nov 18, 2006

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.

Apr 22, 2007

GREAT-I used 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg -Great tasting and texture

Feb 24, 2011

This is good stuff! I'm trying to eat healthier, so made some adjustments. I used 1/3 cup wheat flour, 2/3 cup white. Only used 1/2 cup brown sugar, but next time will use 1/3, because the raisins really make it sweet enough for our taste, even with wheat flour. Also increased the spice, since we like more of a kick: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cloves (I don't have or use pumpkin pie spice). I sprinkled 1/2 cup chopped walnuts on top, rather than ice them. Thank you!

Jan 28, 2011

I have tons of chunky applesauce in our freezer and always looking for recipes to use it up. This is a winner, I used double the applesauce and added some cinnamon with the pumpkin pie spice. My hubby said to be sure and keep this recipe, it was a home run.

Jun 17, 2003

The recipe itself is excellent, altho I plumped the raisins in a saucepan with a little apple juice. Drain well before adding to batter. The icing tastes good, but needs more milk to make it spreadable & also to cover the entire pan. I ended up adding about a treaspoon more it slowly, maybe 1/2 teaspoon or less at a time.


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  • Calories
  • 82 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 2.9 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 87 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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