Tropical Fruit Bars

Yellow cake mix makes an easy crust for vanilla baking chips, dried fruit, coconut and cashews. Yum!

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 3 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 32
 

Ingredients

1
box yellow cake mix with pudding
1/3
cup butter or margarine, melted
1
egg
1 1/2
cups white vanilla baking chips (from 12-oz bag)
1
bag (7 oz) dried tropical fruit mix
1
cup flaked coconut
1
cup cashew pieces
1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

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LOCATION

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir cake mix, butter and egg until mixed. Press in bottom of pan. Sprinkle evenly with baking chips, dried fruit, coconut and cashews; lightly press topping. Pour milk evenly over top.
  • 3 Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until edges and center are golden brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir cake mix, butter and egg until mixed. Press in bottom of pan. Sprinkle evenly with baking chips, dried fruit, coconut and cashews; lightly press topping. Pour milk evenly over top.
  • 3 Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until edges and center are golden brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

The tropical fruit mix has dried mango, pineapple and papaya in it. You can use any dried fruit mixture.

These bars are rich and chewy but not messy. They are perfect to tote to a family picnic.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
23g
23%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.