If fruit pieces are hard, set them in a bit of hot water to moisten.
Preheat oven to 375 °F. Grease a 9×13″ pan, or two 8×8″ pans. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. The mixture should be moist enough to form a ball, without extra liquid.
Put mixture in prepared pan(s) and spread evenly. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cut into squares while still hot. Wait until the bars cool before trying to remove them from the pan.
Replace apple juice with either:
– orange juice
– a mixture of 1/4 cup molasses and 3/4 cup water
– 1/4 cup molasses, 2 Tbsp dark rum or flavoring, and enough water to make one cup.
If you want to increase the molasses a bit, you can omit the sugar in the recipe.