I’m always looking for ways to take sugar out of recipes. Dried fruits like dates and raisins are sweet whole foods that offer vitamins, minerals, and proteins – all of which are stripped from processed sugars. Coconut palm sugar is the dried nectar of the tropical coconut palm tree flower and is another good alternative to white and brown sugars.
Although great straight out of the oven, these bars are also good refrigerated or even just after they’ve sat out on the counter to cool, because the topping then forms a delicate crust, adding an interesting textural element. I’ve also thrown some whole raisins into the batter before baking, for those with more of a sweet tooth!