A fruity and flavorful bar without the sugar.

Anonymous
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut dates and prunes into small pieces. Boil dates, prunes, raisins, and water for 5 minutes. Add margarine. Mix and set aside to cool.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

  • Mix the eggs, vanilla and nuts. Add to the fruit mixture. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt and add to the fruit mixture. (If you want a spicy bar add 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg to the flour.)

  • Spread in 7 x 11 inch pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

122.6 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 14g 5% DV; fat 7g 11% DV; cholesterol 18.6mg 6% DV; sodium 152.8mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (62)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2006
I've tried so many sugarless recipes but this is by far the best! Tastes so much better than those packaged "healthy" breakfast muffins/bars and it's by far better for you! I added orange juice instead of water, used butter but cut it in half, threw in some nutmeg and cinnamon, and cut the white flour with whole-wheat, ground flax seed, and wheat germ. The resulting bars were SO flavorful, moist, chewy, and possibly a little too sweet! Next time I will only replace 1/2c water with orange juice and add less dates, and I might replace most of the fat with applesauce. This is for sure worth a try if you're looking for a healthy sweet snack without the refined sugar. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2010
Very good taste but not suitable for diabetics. As the fruit is very high in natural sugar. An alternative would be to rinse the dates and prunes of the syrup they are coated in when bought and then add them to the recipe but I only ate one small piece being diabetic and it rose my blood sugars alarmingly. Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2006
I've tried so many sugarless recipes but this is by far the best! Tastes so much better than those packaged "healthy" breakfast muffins/bars and it's by far better for you! I added orange juice instead of water, used butter but cut it in half, threw in some nutmeg and cinnamon, and cut the white flour with whole-wheat, ground flax seed, and wheat germ. The resulting bars were SO flavorful, moist, chewy, and possibly a little too sweet! Next time I will only replace 1/2c water with orange juice and add less dates, and I might replace most of the fat with applesauce. This is for sure worth a try if you're looking for a healthy sweet snack without the refined sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2003
I have been looking for a sugarfree recipe like this. Also may I suggest something? Some diabetics can't have flour either; Instead of using a cup of flour grind enough nuts to make an equal amount for replacement of flour. The nuts must be ground to a dustlike substance. Thank you again. I will let you know how they came out. April Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2003
People who knew these were intentionally sugarless loved them. I thought they were great! Kept half of the bars wrapped for a day which brought out the moistness of the fruit and rounded out the flavors. Excellent for mailing in "care packages." Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2006
These were moist and delicious I added a jumble of dried fruit bits instead of dates and prunes(not a big fan) and they were still lovely also boiled the fruits in oj/water mix to slightly sweeten the batter. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2010
Very good taste but not suitable for diabetics. As the fruit is very high in natural sugar. An alternative would be to rinse the dates and prunes of the syrup they are coated in when bought and then add them to the recipe but I only ate one small piece being diabetic and it rose my blood sugars alarmingly. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2003
My husband is diabetic so I made these for him but I loved them! I am a real sugar addict and I love to bake but I found these bars very easy and yummy. They satisfy my sweet tooth without the sugar and fat. I even made some for the nurse and nutritionist who counsel my husband. I ran off a copy of the recipe and brought warm bars in to one of his appointments. They loved them too! A real winner! Kids may not like the nuts but you could leave them out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2004
These bars do not have ADDED sugar but raisins dates and prunes do have sugar. My box of raisins says 29 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup of raisins. The sugar naturally found in fruit may be better than added processed sugar but don't count it out completely. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/15/2010
It is worth mentioning that these like most "sugar free" recipes are NOT sugar free. The dried fruits contain plenty of sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2006
i made this recipe as muffins (it didn't make a whole dozen) and my parents raved about them they loved that they were full of fruit and fiber. they had a surprisingly dense and moist texture which was great. i guess my cravings for a junkier treat got the best of me but overall this recipe is wonderful since it doesn't use sugar in addition to the fruits' sugar. Read More
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