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                       HONEY-DATE BARS *LOW-FAT* (D)
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 Serving Size  : 18   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cookies                          Desserts
                 Low-fat                          Vegetarian
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      3/4   c            Pitted dates
      1/4   c            Raisins
    1       c            Water
      1/4   c            Honey
    2       c            Quick-cooking oats
    1       c            Unbleached white flour -- or
                         -whole-wheat pastry flour
    1       t            Baking powder
    1       t            Ground cinnamon
      1/2   ts           Ground ginger
      1/8   ts           Ground nutmeg
      1/4   ts           Salt -- optional
      1/2   c            Honey
      1/4   c            Safflower oil
      1/4   c            Applesauce
    1       t            Vanilla extract
                         -----DATA PER SERVING-----
  160       x            *Calories
    3       x            *gm Protein
    4       x            *gm Fat
   18       x            *gm Carbo
            x            *mg Chol
   25       x            *mg Sodium
    2       x            *gm Fiber
    Preheat overn to 350 F.  Lightly oil a 9-inch square
   baking pan. Filling: In a saucepan over medium heat,
   combine dates, raisins, and water; simmer 10 minutes,
   or until fruit is very soft. Drain fruit (save
   poaching liquid).  In a blender or food processor,
   puree fruit and honey, adding reserved liquid as
   needed to achieve a spreadable consistency. Set aside.
    Crust:  In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, baking
   powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt if desired.
    IN another bowl, combine honey, oil, applesauce and
   vanilla, then add to dry ingredients. Stir until well
   blended. Divide dough into two parts. Press half of
   dough into prepared baking pan to form a crust. With a
   spatula, spread fruit filling over crust, making sure
   to spread to corners of the pan. Sprinkle remaining
   dough over the filling, again making sure to get to
   the corners of the pan. Gently pat the topping smooth.
   Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
    Cool completely, then cut into 1 1/2 by 3-inch bars.
    Makes 18 bars.
    HELPFUL HINT:  Store bars in a tightly lidded
   container to keep them from getting soggy.  They also
   freeze well.
    SOURCE: Vegetarian Times Mag, Dec '92 Mary Carroll,
   author The No Cholestrol (No Kidding) Cookbook
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