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RECIPES: Apple Pie Cake Bars with Streusel Topping

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Streusel Topping

½ cup old-fashioned oats

1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon

2 tablespoons Mazola corn oil

Bars

1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons apple pie spice

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

½ cup Mazola corn oil

½ cup natural unsweetened applesauce

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

4 heaping cups finely chopped, unpeeled Granny Smith apples (or other favorite apple variety)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a small bowl with a fork, combine topping ingredients until blended and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, corn oil, applesauce and vanilla until thoroughly blended. Stir in chopped apples. Add apple-liquid mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. Batter will be very thick. Spread evenly in prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake 20-23 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting. Store bars in tightly covered container or freeze after cutting. Makes about 18 to 24 bars depending on cut-size
Recipe by culinary nutritionist and dietitian, Kim Galeaz, RDN, CD with inspiration from Mazola.com