I have never had fruitcake. Not once. I’m not entirely sure if anyone even eats it… yet it seems to resemble the Holidays. Apparently, those colorful little candies are candied pineapple and cherries, mixed with dates. Who knew!
Fruitcake Bars Recipe
3/4 Cup Vega Butter, Softened
1 And 3/4 Cups Brown Sugar (I Used Light)
6 Teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer Powder
12 Tablespoons Lukewarm Water
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 And 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
3 Cups Walnuts, Chopped
1 And 3/4 Cups Candied Pineapple, Chopped Into Bite Size Pieces
1 And 3/4 Cups Candied Cherries, Halved
2 Cups Pitted Dates, Diced Into Small Pieces
Preheat oven at 325F/160C for 15 minutes. Grease a 15×10 inch pan (jelly roll pan) either with shortening or non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Blend the egg replacer powder and lukewarm water in a mixer until it’s frothy and keep it aside.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add the egg substitute mixture to the creamed butter in small additions and beating well after each addition.
Stir in vanilla. Add in the flour and chopped nuts and combine it well with a rubber spatula.
Spread the dough onto the prepared pan. Sprinkle the candied pineapple, cherries and diced dates on the dough and press it lightly.
Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned. I removed the pan around 47 minutes. Cool it completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.