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  • Recipe & Giveaway: Musselman’s Chewy Fruit Bars & Apple Sauce

    Spring is in the air, so Musselman’s wants to encourage you to see all that’s growing in your area. Reconnect with nature – and your family and friends – by getting outdoors for a spring hike, complete with healthy snacks made with apple sauce. There are many recipes on their web site, and they sent some products and recipes for us to try. I made the Chewy Fruit Bars, which were a huge hit with my boys despite the lack of brain power that I demonstrated:

    The recipe calls for a 13×9 pan, but I wanted to bake it in my toaster oven. So I planned to make a half-recipe and bake it in an 8×8 pan. Only . . . I made the full recipe, put it in the 8×8 pan, and realized what I’d done only after I’d spread the filling. I baked it anyway and crossed my fingers. My oldest called it “great.” So apparently this recipe is very forgiving!

    Chewy Fruit Bars
    adapted from Musselman’s

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
    1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    2/3 cup butter, softened
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup quick-cooking oats
    4 4-oz cups Musselman’s Healthy Picks Apple Sauce {I used cinnamon}
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/2 cup chopped, dried sweetened cranberries

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom and sides of a 13×9 baking pan with cooking spray.

    2. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, and baking soda, and mix well with a fork.

    3. In a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat for 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add oats and mix until just combined. Press two-thirds of the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

    4. In a medium bowl, combine the apple sauce, raisins and cranberries. Spread evenly over dough in pan. Crumble remaining dough over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into bars.

    WIN IT!

    Musselman’s wants to give one lucky CFO reader some Musselman’s apple sauce products so you can try out their recipes yourself.

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    The giveaway ends at 8 p.m. PST on Monday, May 21, 2012, and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

    Disclosure: Prize, information, and giveaway have been provided by Musselman’s, including product for me to try and review. Read the full CFO disclosure policy here.