Thursday, July 30, 2009

MONKEY BARS

1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 tbsp apple juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
3 tbsp low-fat buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Non-stick cooking spray
1 tbsp powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the raisins and apple juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute; set aside.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup and level with a knife. Combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Set flour mixture aside.

Combine the brown sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the banana, buttermilk, vanilla, and egg whites, beating well. Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in the raisin mixture and the walnuts.

Spread the batter into an 8-inch square baking pan that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool the bars completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yield: 16 bars at 135 calories, 21 g carbs, 2 g protein, 4.7 g fat

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