Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Carrot Cake Walnut Bars

While I'm still a little intimidated with frosting a cake, I love making bars. Since DH's favorite cake is carrot cake, I took a little inspiration from the cake itself and turned it into an oh-so-casual bar. These are a great, hearty snack - low in fat, high in flavor!
1 pkg. carrot cake mix
2 eggs
1/4 C. each unsweetened applesauce & milk
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. black walnut extract
1/4 tsp. each rum & butter extract
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 C. chopped walnuts
1/2 C. raisins, optional
1 tub cream cheese frosting, if desired

Mix well all ingredients, stirring in nuts and fruit last.

Spread evenly into a greased 13x9" baking dish.

Bake at 375 for 24-27 minutes, or til bars are firmly set (toothpick inserted in center comes out clean). Frost with cream cheese frosting if desired.

Yield: 30 bars
3.5 grams fat per bar

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