20 May 2008

tastes to remember • apple bars

Sarah over at Homemade: Experiences in the Kitchen has started a new event called Tastes to Remember. I have so many tastes to remember (most of them fondly, except for the occasional “wild game” that my father brought home) as my mother was/is a great cook. Not only did she cook, she baked AND preserved food. AND she did all this with six monsters under her feet. AND her house was cleaner than mine will ever be. *Sigh*  These bars were one of our favorites growing up. My mother always had a plate of these goodies ready with a big glass of cold milk when we arrived home from school. She knew that all that learnin’ gave us an appetite. A great recipe to have at hand,  because it has NO DAIRY ingredients. So when you run out of eggs, milk, and butter and are craving something sweet—reach for this recipe...it will not let you down. Of course, I added okara (the whole point of my blog) but the original recipe follows my altered one. 

Apple Bars •

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together:

1-1/2 cups applesauce (homemade if you have it!)
1 cup safflower oil 
1 cup wet okara (this is referring to the okara straight from your machine, not dried)
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla

In another large mixing bowl combine:

4 cups unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup nuts (I usually use pecans or English walnuts)
1 cup raisins


2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons liquid (milk, cream, soy milk or water)

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry; mixing until dry ingredients are incorporated. Grease a 10-1/2" x 15-1/2" jelly roll pan. Spread the batter (it will be thick) evenly in the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and center tests done. Let cool in pan for approximately one hour, and frost with powdered sugar glaze. Cut into bars.

Original Apple Bar Recipe •

2 cups applesauce
1-1/2 cup oil
2 cups granulated sugar (you can cut back on this)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup nuts
1 cup raisins

Follow directions above for baking and Powdered Sugar Glaze.


diva said...

mmmm..that icing on top looks yummy!
love apple bars

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

You always have such diversity of recipe! So impressive!

Emiline said...

I was craving something apple...these look great! I may have to give them a-go.

Grace said...

i was tricked into eating some freshly-slain wild turkey early on in my life. (hooray for a family of hunters...) since that disturbing experience, i always make sure i know exactly what meat i'm eating. :)

apple anything is fabulous, but this is special--no dairy? awesome!

Elle said...

Ooooh, these look good! I love apple desserts!

toontz said...

Diva-Thank you.

Jenn- Not as diverse as yours...you’re the Queen, after all!

Emiline-Try these, they are incredibly easy.

Grace-Wild turkey doesn’t sound too bad. We have had all sorts of critters...don’t ask!

Thanks, Elle!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I cannot believe I found a blog dedicated to OKARA! I currently live in Japan and consume about 1kg of okara every day, all by myself... It's fantastic!
I usually just mix it with honey, cinammon and yoghurt, but I see that now my okara life will get a whole new spark. Thanks!

MyThreeDaughters said...

I love the look of the bars because it reminds me of my Mum's Chinese Chews.

Anonymous said...

does anyone have okara recipes with the nutritional information or at least the total carbs per serving?I would be most grateful.


toontz said...

Hi Maria-

Check this link:http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-tofu-products-okara_f-Y2lkPTM3NDU0JmJpZD0xJmZpZD02OTg1NiZwYXI9.html