A Healthy Dark Chocolate Alternative

>> Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mike & I have decided that we really do need to start eating a little healthier. Well, I'm not one to give up chocolate completely so I started attempting substitutes for one of my favorite dark chocolate oatmeal bars. Here's what I came up with. They are guest-approved and are pretty good for being low sugar, no fat and no cholesterol.

Healthy Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Bars

1 ½ cups date sugar (found in health food stores)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbspns molasses
2 tspns vanilla
2 eggs (or the equivalent of egg substitute)
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup wheat flour (unbleached)
1 tspn baking soda
1 tspn salt
¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 cups dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9 inch pan. In large bowl, blend sugar, applesauce and molasses together. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Stir in oats. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and stir into oatmeal mixture and blend well. Stir in chips and nuts. Spread in greased pan. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until light brown and center is set. Cool slightly before cutting into bars.

Happy Cooking,
Dora Jane

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