Entering my mother in law’s kitchen and viewing a huge jelly roll pan of pumpkin bars gracing her counter top is the first memory I have of holidays in her home. Isn’t it amazing how smells, sights, and a great recipe can bring back a flood of memories to the forefront?
This pumpkin bar recipe has been in the family for a long time. In fact, the only recipe I have of it is just the ingredients scribbled on a piece of scratch paper – no directions.
Since I wanted to provide some Healthy Holiday Recipes for you all, I had fun experimenting with this tried and true pumpkin bar recipe. The results? A delightful product with less fat, lower sugar content, but still an amazingly moist and irresistible pumpkin bar.
Recipe: Easy Pumpkin Bars
Summary: An easy and deliciously moist pumpkin bar recipe, full of flavor, yet easily altered to a healthy option.
- Healthier option is located within the parenthesis.
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup oil (Substitute 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup canola oil)
- 2 cups sugar (Reduce the sugar content to 1 1/2 cup sugar or fructose for healthier option.)
- 15 ounce can of pumpkin
- 2 cups flour (Substitute whole wheat pastry flour, if desired)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- Mix the first four ingredients.
- Sift and add the dry ingredients. Increase the amount of spices if you desire stronger flavors. ( I am all about easy clean up, so rather than mix my dry ingredients in a separate bowl, my “sifting” quick tip is to just add all the wet ingredients, and then mix the dry ingredients together on top before stirring into the wet. Shh…don’t tell the professional bakers. )
- Pour into greased jelly roll pan and bake at 350° for 25 -30 minutes.
- Let cool before frosting. (These are delicious, and could be served as a breakfast treat without any frosting. If you desire to take it to dessert status, try my easy cream cheese frosting recipe.)
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s
Two words of caution as you make this recipe.
First, your children will be SO excited to devour them that they will NOT wait until the bars have cooled before they apply the frosting. This results in delicious tasting bars, but not award winning, photo worthy bars.
Second, the family will not be the only ones begging you for seconds.