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Good 4 U Food ~ Pumpkin Bars

It’s time for all things pumpkin!  I found this recipe in Shape magazine that I want to try this year instead of the regular pumpkin pie! 🙂

 

Pumpkin Bars

Need a creative (healthier) alternative to pumpkin pie? Every decadent bite of this moist dessert is packed with rich flavor. Since each bar clocks in at approximately 50 calories, you can indulge in more than just one for an afternoon snack or post-dinner treat.

Ingredients:
1/2 c. spelt flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. canned pumpkin (or cooked, pureed pumpkin)
2 tbsp. nondairy milk
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then add in wet. Spread mixture into an oiled 8×8 pan and cook for 20 minutes. Cream cheese frosting optional.

Recipe provided by Chocolate-Covered Katie

BTW ~ Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. This humble backyard vegetable is very low in calories yet good source of vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes.

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