Applesauce is a staple in our home. It’s my go to sub for butter or oil and it’s always a great snack to have on hand for kids. I wanted to whip up something quick and light and came across this recipe. I had all of the ingredients on hand and I liked that it called for a small amount of butter.
The bars turned out very moist. They can be eaten as is or dressed up with the optional vanilla frosting. I opted to add the vanilla frosting and it really made the bar a home run. Enjoy!
adapted from Allrecipes
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice in separate bowl. Stir into the applesauce mixture until well blended. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool in the pan over a wire rack.
Optional Vanilla Frosting
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar and margarine. Stir in vanilla and milk until smooth. Spread over cooled bars before cutting into squares.