*The twins and I use unsweetened applesauce; if you’d prefer an added hint of sweetness in the base (that layer is not especially sweet), you may prefer to use sweetened.
*If you don’t typically eat applesauce, you may wish to purchase a pack of 4-ounce singles. Two of these cups are the perfect amount for these bars, and the remaining amount can be stored in the cupboard for a future baking need.
One more thing: For a portable breakfast or snack, Lyla and Emily like to cut two even-size bars and put the jam sides together, sandwich-style. We tried this and loved the bars this way. Some of the jam will squish out the sides, so you can simply scrape it away, and if you like them this way, use a little less jam when making the bars the next time.