Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and my love of all things pumpkin is hardly waning. From yogurt to muffins, I relish this tasty flavor of Fall. If you're looking for a pumpkin pie alternative, these pumpkin-carrot bars are delish. The bit of cream cheese frosting adds a deceptive element of decadence.
Low in calories while remaining full of flavor, these pumpkin bars make a great dessert — perfect for potlucks (much easier to share with large groups than pies) and they're relatively guilt-free. They're high in vitamin A — and trust me you cannot even taste the shredded carrot — and a bar only contains 70 calories and less than two grams of fat. With nutritional stats like that, it's OK to go back for seconds.
Check out the recipe when you read more. Modified from SparkPeople Ingredients 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour Cream cheese topping: Directions Makes 48 squares.
Pumpkin-Carrot Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Earth Balance (or other butter substitute)
2 large egg whites
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin pie filling
2/3 cup finely shredded carrot
4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon skim milk
Modified from SparkPeople
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
Cream cheese topping:
Makes 48 squares.
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