I kept getting compliments all day when I baked these in school twice today. So the 'smells' I was putting out in the halls was driving kids and teachers insane.
It was driving me insane.
Look to my notes after the recipe for my slight tweak that I did after making this two times in a row. You know, I had to make a batch before class to ensure that "TV magic" of pulling out the ready bars after I slipped the ones I demonstrated into the oven!!! LOL
Applesauce Energy Bars
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1 cup Mott's Natural Applesauce
1. When I did the first batch, the cookie baker in me did not like how the brown sugar was NOT incorporated with the butter. I mashed and mashed and stirred the flour mixture and those brown sugar lumps were impossible to break up. I think those unincorporated sugar blobs encouraged the bars to break apart easier because they were not able to melt and 'glue' itself to the grains in the bar.
2. I happened to have some pumpkin spice caramel dip left over and did a little drizzle on them to 'jazz' them up. The kids love any additional sugar! HA! I didn't do it for that! lol
3. Compared to the tasty Apple Squares I did last time, these were not overly moist or "wet" as the squares were. The whole grain oats really helped absorb the 1 c. applesauce.
4. Next time I would add some nuts (almonds are my fave). The coconut was not overwhelming however I wanted some crunchy bit like from a whole almond.