Peanut Butter Apple Bars

Tip: Leave the skins on the apples! They’re full of fiber and a bunch of other nutrients that take apple from a simple fruit to a superfood. And personally, I like the added texture.

Peanut Butter Apple Bars
(adapted from Elissa at 17 & Baking)

5 apples, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour (or sub. all purpose)
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup (or sub. agave)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup almond milk (or sub. any nut milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tablespoons margarine, melted

In small bowl, combine apple slices with lemon juice and brown sugar. Toss to coat the apples, and set aside.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sift and make a well in the center. Add peanut butter, maple syrup, applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, and margarine. Stir just until dough forms.

Grease a 13×9 in. sheet pan. Press dough into pan and along sides. Layer apples in rows on top of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until dough just starts to brown along the edges. Be careful not to overbake. Makes about 20 bars.