Pumpkin Bars

Here is a delicious recipe to indulge a little over the holidays and enjoy some of the flavors of the season.  I made these pumpkin bars for my neighbors on Halloween.  However,  I healthified the original recipe and slashed over 100 calories, 10 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar!
Pumpkin Bars (healthified by Sara B)
the red shows what the original recipe called for
2C white whole wheat flour – all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 C sugar – 2 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin
1/2 C canola oil – 1 C vegetable oil
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce (to replace the other 1/2 C of oil)
6 T butter – 8 T butter
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese – 8 oz cream cheese
3 C powdered sugar – 4 C powdered sugar
2 T skim milk

Preheat oven to 375F.  In a small bowl mix the dry ingredients together.  In a larger bowl mix the eggs, pumpkin, and oil.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet.  Pour into greased or paper lined muffin tins. Bake for 25-35 minutes.  Check occasionally to make sure they don’t burn!
Frosting: Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth, then add powdered sugar.  Add milk to create a spreadable texture. 
Frost once muffins are cooled and serve!

I made about 12 cupcakes.  The original recipe was about 693 calories and over 30grams of fat per serving.  The healthified recipe is around 475 calories and 19grams of fat per serving.  To make this even more sensible to your diet try making smaller servings like bite-sized muffins!

See how easy small changes make a big difference in your health!  Every calorie matters.  What are some ways that you healthify recipes?

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

One thought on “Pumpkin Bars

  1. I have yet to make these this year and when I do it will be this recipe! Look at that ooey gooey goodness! I great healthy indulgence! I sub unsweetened applesauce quite often for some of the sugar, and flax for some of the oil. Great pic!

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