Wild Rice Applesauce Bars
|Cooked rice||2 Cup (32 tbs) (Well-Cooked)|
|Applesauce||1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)|
|Buttermilk||1 Cup (16 tbs), divided|
|Vegetable shortening||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|Firmly packed brown sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Vanilla extract||2 Teaspoon|
|All purpose flour||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground cinnamon||1 Teaspoon|
|Chopped nuts||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease bottom only of 15 X10 X 1-inch baking pan.
Combine wild rice, applesauce and 1/2 cup buttermilk in medium bowl; mix well.
Combine shortening, brown sugar, egg whites and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer on high speed 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
Add remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk; beat on low speed until well blended.
Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; beat on low speed until well blended.
Stir in wild rice mixture and nuts.
Spread in prepared pan.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Cut into bars.
Store in airtight containers.