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Frosted Pumpkin Bars Recipe

"My health-conscious granddaughter, Jennifer, gave me the recipe for these nicely spiced bars," relates Dovie Sears of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in the egg, egg whites, pumpkin, oil and water until well blended.
  • 2. Transfer to an 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and lemon peel. Frost bars. Chill for 15 minutes before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One bar equals 185 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.