Monday, December 5, 2011

Muscle and Fitness Hers Pumpkin Bars!

I made this recipe for pumpkin bars I found on the Muscle and Fitness Hers website tonight. They are like mini pumpkin pies! I did not have whipped topping or nutmeg in the house and I substituted a packet of Truvia for the powdered sugar. Next time I am going to substitute sweet potatoes for pumpkin.

Recipe for Muscle and Fitness Hers Pumpkin Bars

1 cup low-fat graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp. light butter, melted
4 egg whites
15-oz. can solid pumpkin
14-oz. can fat-free sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup fat-free whipped topping (optional)
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch cake pan or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine graham cracker crumbs with butter and mix well. The crumbs should almost stick together. Pour into prepared baking dish. Using waxed paper, press crumbs to evenly cover bottom of dish. Set dish aside.

In a large bowl, lightly beat egg whites. Add pumpkin and condensed milk, and mix well. Add remaining ingredients except whipped topping, mixing until well combined. Pour mixture over crust and bake 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake an additional 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool, then slice into bars. Serve with fat-free whipped topping, if desired. Makes 16 bars.

Per bar (with whipped topping): 121 calories, 3 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat, 1 g fiber.

Original version, per serving: 165 calories, 3 g protein, 20 g carbohyd rate, 9 g fat, 1 g fiber.

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