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Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars

This made over recipe has less than half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol of the original 32% fewer calories. Yet the thin crust retains its buttery taste and the fruity filling is still sweet and gooey.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup quartered maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • In a food processor, place flour and confectioners' sugar; cover and process until blended. Add butter; cover and pulse 15 times or until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, combine the egg, egg whites, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add the egg mixture. Stir in cherries, nuts and coconut. Spread over crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 194 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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