Monday, August 13, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Bars

Can you smell them?  The smell of cinnamon is amazing.  Did you know it is also very good for you?  You should include it in your diet when ever you can. 

Use it in your coffee, hot chocolate, your oatmeal and desserts.  Cinnamon is said to have the ability to reduce blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. The spice contains antioxidants that help to lower levels of bad cholesterol also.  This spice in your diet will also ensure less painful cycles for women.  So as they say, “Put a little spice in your life.”

Here is a wonderful recipe for apple cinnamon bars that are sweet, moist and cinnamony.   

Apple Cinnamon Bars 

3 cups flour (You can use soy flour and make them gluten free also)
3 cups  peeled and sliced apples
2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup apple sauce
2 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 lemon

Pre heat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour 9 x 13 inch pan.

Peel and core about 3 to 4 apples. Finely chop your apples (You want the pieces very small). Squeeze a little lemon over the apples and coat all of them so they do not turn brown and set aside.

Mix the eggs, oil and sugar together until creamy in a large bowl. Add you apple sauce, salt, cinnamon to the mixture and stir well.  Add your soda until and incorporate it well and then add your flour mixing well.  Stir in your apple pieces including the lemon juice.  Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check with a toothpick for doneness when you first smell the bars. 

You can also put in mini muffin pans and make mini bites. Bake for a much shorter amount of time.  Again, when you first smell the mini bites, use a tooth pick to check them.  They make a great breakfast or snack.  It will soon be time to pack lunches and they are great in a lunch bag.

Have a great Monday!  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.   

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