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Apple Bran Bars recipe

Use 100% bran flakes, not bran-type cereals,for best results.

Recipe: Apple Bran Bars

2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup milk
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup bran flakes
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped Golden Delicious apples
1/2 cup walnuts
Cream Cheese Frosting (optional; recipe below)

  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Greasea 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan.
  • In large bowl, with electric mixer, beattogether shortening and sugar until light in texture-about 3minutes. Add egg and beat well. Add molasses and milk, beatinguntil well combined.
  • In small bowl, combine flour, bran, bakingsoda, and salt. Add flour mixture to shortening mixture, beatingon low speed just until combined. Spread batter in prepared panand bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centercomes out clean. Cool in pan.
  • Meanwhile, prepare Cream Cheese Frosting,if desired. When bar mixture has cooled, spread with Cream CheeseFrosting; cut into 24 bars and serve.

    Makes 24 Bars.

    Cream Cheese Frosting: In large bowl with electric mixer, beat together1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup softened butteror margarine. Add 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1/2 teaspoonvanilla extract. Beat in 2 cups confectioners’ (powdered) sugaruntil smooth.

    Per Serving: Protein: 2g; Fat: 11g; Carbohydrate:26g; Fiber: 1g; Sodium: 152mg; Cholesterol: 18mg; Calories: 205.

    Recipe provided courtesy of WashingtonApple Commission.

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