Trainer Recipe Lightened Up Pumpkin Bars

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit is a fan of easy healthy recipes.  Change up your holiday dessert with this modified Pumpkin Bar recipe. Try this recipe and let me know what you think.  Don’t gain unwanted holiday pounds, tone up and lose weight!

Lightened-Up Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flourmolly-wichman-fitness-pumpkin-bars
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 eggs
2 large egg whites
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
2/3 cup finely shredded carrot

Cream cheese topping:
4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon skim milk

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 15 x 10 inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a larger bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar, brown sugar, and Earth Balance until crumbly. Add the eggs, egg whites, pumpkin pie filling, and carrots. Beat until well blended.

Add the flour mixture and mix until well blended. Spread onto greased pan.

To prepare cream cheese topping, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and milk until thoroughly blended.

Drop teaspoons full of topping over pumpkin batter and swirl and cut mixture into batter with a butter knife.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan completely on wire rack before cutting into squares.

Makes 48 squares.

Modified from SparkPeople

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