Apple Brownie Bars

August 6, 2014

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We’re creeping up on apple season. Soon many of us will be hitting the orchards to pick them. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Aside from all the baking that goes on at the Becker house, the air is crisp and the colors are vibrant. There is just so much to look forward to as we get closer to fall! I want to share one of my favorite fall recipes. This is an altered recipe from Southern Living. I wanted to use healthier ingredients. Head over to The Bread Beckers and they’ll mill you the freshly milled flour you need for this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups Sucanat (or brown sugar)

1 cup butter, melted

2 large eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups Soft White wheat flour (or all-purpose)

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples (about 1 1/2 lbs.)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

2. Stir together the Sucanat and next 3 ingredients.

3. Stir together flour and next 2 ingredients; add to brown sugar mixture, and stir until blended. Stir in apples and pecans. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan; spread in an even layer.

4. Bake at 350º for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Cut into bars.

These are great with a scoop of ice cream or solo. I make these every year. They’ve become a tradition in our home. Let me know some of your favorite fall recipes.

Bake and Enjoy!

-Amanda

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