Healthy Raspberry Crumble Bars

So funny story:

I stumbled upon a Whole Foods Raspberry crumble bar earlier this week.

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Not the exact Whole Foods bar, but you get the idea 🙂

Zach and I LOVE these bars.  We’ve gotten them many times and the fact that I got one for free at work made me VERY excited for dessert that night.

One problem:  Zach would want to share.  I did NOT want to share.

I felt VERY guilty (really I did…) but the second I got home I admitted to Zach that I, in fact, had gotten a raspberry crumble bar, but that I wasn’t going to share.

Zach knows me….I think he was just impressed that I didn’t just eat it at work and never say a word about it!

Well. . . I’ve felt guilty ever since and decided that to pay back my wonderful fiance.  I would bake him us an entire batch of Raspberry Crumble Bars…double win because I can healthify them! 🙂  And healthify them I did!  I cut down half the butter I was seeing in every recipe by using applesauce made my own raspberry filling with half sugar, and substituted whole wheat flour.  Just a few changes can really boost up the health value of bake goods.  Sure, you can tell my baked goods are healthy, but I actually LIKE the healthier versions more.  More satisfying.  Anyway…

Were you guys guessing this might have been on my mind by the couple of hints I dropped this week?

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Healthy Raspberry Crumble Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (or 1/2 a cup) of room temperature butter
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 + cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 + cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of good granola ( I used Whole Foods Cinnamon Pecan Granola)
  • 10-12 oz of good raspberry jam

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and butter/spray an 8 X 8 pan.
  • Mix together the butter,  applesauce and sugar in a large bowl until it becomes completely mixed together
  • Sift together the flour and salt in a separate bowl until distributed together evenly
  • Begin adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly until everything comes together as a ball of dough.
  • Take about 2/3 of the dough and roll it out into the 8 by 8 pan.  It should create about a 1/4 inch layer of dough.
  • Spread 10-12 ounces of good raspberry jam on top of the dough
  • Add about 3/4 of the granola to the remaining dough and mix together with your hands.
  • Spread and/or crumble the remaining dough on top of the raspberry jam.
  • Sprinkle the remaining granola on top of the dough
  • Bake for about 50 minutes or until evenly browned.
  • Let cool and enjoy! 🙂

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These are going to be PERFECT on Gus’s birthday hike this morning with some fresh squeezed juice!

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Disclaimer:  I made my own jam for this recipe, but didn’t share because honestly it was done very haphazerdly and with whatever we had around the house.  It included a small container of raspberries from the farmers market, about 2/3 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar boiled on the stove top.  If you want a great recipe, I loosely followed this recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-thornton/raspberry-crumble-bars-recipe/index.html and just tweeked it for what I had.  I have about 2/3 cup left over after using it for the bars).  

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Enjoy!

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