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Pick Me Up Bars

100% less sat fat • 100% more fiber than the original recipe. Whether you’re low on energy or just in need of a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, these bars, sweetened with dates and honey, are sure to satisfy.
Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:40 min
makes:24 servings (1 (13x9x2-inch) baking pan)

Nonstick cooking spray
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 package (8 oz) pitted whole dates, snipped
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon canola or cooking oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the honey, orange juice and lemon juice. Stir in the dates; set aside.
2. Combine the flour, soda, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a second mixing bowl, combine applesauce, syrup, egg whites, and oil. Add applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in date mixture. Spoon batter in the prepared baking pan; press evenly into pan with fingers or the back of the spoon.
3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bars on a wire rack. Remove bars from pan by lifting the edges of the foil. Cut into 24 bars.

Nutritional Information
1 bar: Calories 90 (Calories from Fat 10); Total Fat 1g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 35mg; Total Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 10g); Protein 2g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 2%; Iron 4% Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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