Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  247
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  35 g
  • Fat  11 g
  • Cholesterol  26 mg
  • Sodium  140 mg
  • Potassium  71 mg
  • Phosphorus  26 mg
  • Calcium  22 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

Apple Bars

A healthy kidney-friendly dessert that’s tasty needs to be passed along. And that’s exactly what Sandra from Minnesota is doing with her delicious, low potassium and good-for-you Apple Bars.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Sandra from Minnesota.

Portions: 18     Serving size: 3" x 3" bar


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons liquid nondairy creamer
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Peel and chop apples.
  3. Cream together 1/2 cup butter and white sugar or Splenda.
  4. Add sour cream, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour. Stir to mix; add chopped apples.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 9” x 13” baking pan.
  6. In a small bowl, crumble 2 tablespoons softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle over top of batter.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely.
  8. To make icing, combine 2 tablespoons melted butter, nondairy creamer and powdered sugar. Drizzle over top and cut into bars. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 starch
  • 2 fat
  • 1 high calorie 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • 1 medium apple yields 1 cup chopped apples.
  • People with diabetes can replace the granulated sugar with Splenda® granular sugar substitute and omit the icing which will lower the carbohydrate content to 19 grams per serving (1 carbohydrate choice). Use caution with portion sizes.

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Apple Bars

johnnieB says:


Sounds great. Will make it today for my husband who is on Dialysis

Oct. 28, 2014, 11:31 AM - Inappropriate review?

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rdcarrie says:


Wow! Great recipe. I brought this recipe to work today and everyone loved it! I would call this recipe more like an apple/coffee cake. It was so delicious! I will be making this for my family! Thank you.

Oct. 07, 2011, 10:36 AM - Inappropriate review?

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I brought these to work today and got rave reviews. A couple people asked for the recipe.

Mar. 24, 2010, 4:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Fantastic! I have been making this recipe for over a year, about every other month for my mother-in-law & husband, she's on dialysis, he's not, and they love it.

Sep. 25, 2008, 5:19 AM - Inappropriate review?

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