Sugar-Free Raisin Bars Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team Published August 29, 2020

Ditch the guilt-trip because this sweet dessert is sugar-free but will still satisfy your sweet tooth. Who says raisins can’t be enjoyable? It only takes less than an hour for you to have this absolutely delicious dessert. Discover how you can create these fantastic raisin bars recipe at home.

In this recipe, we are going to need some applesauce. This will be the secret to the sweetness of these raisin bars without the actual sugar. We highly recommend the usage of applesauce because it cuts the calorie intake by more than half. For instance, a cup of applesauce only contains 120 calories, as compared to a cup of sugar, which contains 700 calories! And if you want some crunch, feel free to add some wholesome nuts into the mix! Almonds and walnuts will definitely complement the raisins. If you want to add even more fiber and texture, rolled oats are also an ideal ingredient to add to this raisin bar recipe.

What’s awesome about this recipe is that you can customize it in whichever way you like. You can swap the raisins for dried cranberries or apricots, or substitute the cinnamon with nutmeg and add a dash of vanilla. No matter what you use, this guilt-free sweet treat will go extremely well with black tea or coffee. For more raisin-based desserts, try our Peanut Butter-Coconut-Raisin Granola Bars.

How To Make Sugar-Free Raisin Bars

  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a saucepan, mix together raisins, water, butter, and cinnamon on medium-high heat until butter is melted.

  2. Continue cooking for 3 minutes. Then cool.

  3. Add all remaining ingredients.

  4. Spread into an 8-inch square greased baking dish.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  6. Let cool completely in sheet on a wire rack. Then cut into 2-inch squares and serve. 

How To Make Sugar-Free Raisin Bars

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Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Makes:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, mix together raisins, water, butter, and cinnamon on medium-high heat until butter is melted.

  2. Continue cooking for 3 minutes. Then cool.

  3. Add all remaining ingredients.

  4. Spread into an 8-inch square greased baking dish.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  6. Let cool completely in sheet on a wire rack. Then cut into 2-inch squares and serve. 

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 8mg
  • Calories: 97kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 102mg
  • Protein: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 127mg
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 155IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I still add a sweetener to this dessert?

Yes, you can. We recommend using artificial noncaloric sweeteners such as Sugar Twin or Splenda.

How long can I store this dessert?

You can store this dessert bar for a couple of weeks. Just make sure you keep it in an airtight container and place it inside the refrigerator. If you want to eat it warm, you only have to reheat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

Can I put toppings on the raisin bar?

Of course. Feel free to add your preferred topping. We recommend adding chopped nuts and chopped dried fruits as well. You can also place unsweetened whipped cream on top with a drizzle of honey or salted caramel sauce.

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Conclusion

Enjoy this raisin bar as tasty dessert after a meal -- or even as a snack. This is the best way to entice your children or any family member who is not fond of raisins. Best served while hot!

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