Spiced Apricot Bars

So in the spirit of dieting and eating healthier, Kris and I found this low-fat treat in her Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I can't link this recipe online because BH&G doesn't have it on their site. So yay for me posting this here!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apricot nectar or orange juice
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup finely snipped dried appricots
1 recipe Apricot Icing (featured below)


  1. In a medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamom; set aside. In another bowl, stir egg, brown sugar, apricot nectar (or orange juice), applesauce, and oil until combined. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in apricots.
  2. Spread batter in an ungreased 11x7x1-1½-inch baking pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Drizzle with Apricot Icing. Cut into bars.
Apricot Icing
In a small bowl, stir together ½ cup sifted powdered sugar and enough apricot nectar or orange juice (2 to 3 teaspoons) to make icing of drizzling consistency.

Nutrition facts per bar:
67 calories
1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat)
9 mg cholestrol
26 mg sodium
13 g carbohydrates
0 g fiber
1 g protein

6% vitamin A
1% calcium
3% iron
Exchanges: 1 Other Carbo.

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