07 January, 2010

Apple Walnut Squares

Anyone here whose New Year resolution was a low-fat and no-refined-sugar diet? Try these apple walnut squares. They are sweetened with dried dates and otherwise contain rolled oats, whole wheat flour and apple juice. Now that I look at the ingredients again, they are in fact vegan.
I love the smell of cooked apples with cinnamon. I think this is one of the main reasons, why these cookies appealed to me when I first found the recipe. Needless to say, I also love to eat cooked apple with cinnamon.
These squares are best eaten straight out of the oven. But you can also heat them up for breakfast, or, like I did yesterday, have them as afternoon snack in the car while driving.
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APPLE WALNUT SQUARES

2 large apples, grated
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup chopped dried dates
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Yields 9 squares
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Preheat oven to 180C degrees.Coat a 8x8" baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes, so the oats and flour can absorb the apple juices. Bake for 30 minutes.
Cut into squares while still warm.

13 comments:

  1. Love it! I've saved your recipe. Healthy ingredients that taste delicious. Thank you!

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  2. These will be perfect for our upcoming car trip. Nice photo! Thank you!

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  3. I'm so glad to see a recipe that showcases the natural sweetness of dates instead of relying on refined sugar. I will definitely be making these bars!

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  4. these look great. i recently decided to cut back on my refined sugars. i will have to try these out. love the blog, glad i found it

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  5. Thanks for all your comments. It's so worth it cutting back on refined sugars. Your approval motivates me a lot to continue in that direction - with the food, the photos and the blog!

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  6. what a healthy snack! Might be addictive though. :)

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  7. I just saw these on photograzing and I adore your photo! They look fantastic. I am excited to give them a try! Glad I found your blog...will go read some more of your posts now!

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  8. These are quite addictive!
    I made a batch yesterday and they're almost all gone, actually, I ate one just now...
    These are great, however mine turned out a bit soggy, or moist. They're still delicious. I added flax seeds to these, a wonderful treat.

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  9. Did you use whole wheat bread flour or pastry flour?

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  10. Regular wholewheat flour will do.

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  11. I was just wondering if you could use spelt or wholemeal flour?
    Thank you

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  12. Spelt flour would surely work.

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