Nonstick cooking spray
3 TBSP honey
1/4 cup orange juice
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 8 ounce pkg pitted whole dates, snipped
2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 TBSP pure maple syrup
2 egg whites
1 TBSP canola or cooking oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the honey, orange juice and lemon juice. Stir in the dates; set aside.
Combine the flour, soda, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a second mixing bowl, combine applesauce, syrup, egg whites, and oil. Add applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in date mixture. Spoon batter in the prepared baking pan; press evenly into pan with fingers or the back of the spoon.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bars on a wire rack. Remove bars from pan by lifting the edges of the foil. Cut into 24 bars. Makes 24 bars.