This is a “secret” recipe that I received from my best friend in college while we were in college. These pumpkin bars are so moist they practically melt in your mouth. You really can taste each layer of flavor from the moist spice cake to the vanilla cream cheese frosting to the roasted walnuts. The best part is that they are SO EASY to make and perfect when you need to take a “treat” somewhere this holiday season.
I honestly believe that you should eat healthy 80% of the time for the 20% of the time you come across treats like this. I guarantee everyone (even non pumpkin lovers) will LOVE this recipe. I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t.
Since I want to preserve her cool way of writing recipes, I am going to post this in her format – she always writes her recipes simple like this and I LOVE it! I honestly think it’s because it tastes more like a delicious moist spice bar, then, it does pumpkin. Although, I did hear someone mention they tasted like pumpkin cheese cake.
Guess you all will just have to try it and tell me what think
THE BEST PUMPKIN BARS YOU WILL EVER EAT!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12” x 18” or a Jelly Roll Pan (15” x 10”) pan with nonstick spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and the cake springs back when touched.
3/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 15 oz can pumpkin (2 cups)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
Cool completely before frosting (about 1 hour).
3 oz Cream Cheese
6 Tbsp Butter
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup Powder Sugar
with 1 cup Roasted, Chopped Walnuts ~ Roast at 400 for 7 minutes, cool, chop and sprinkle.
Do you really want to know the nutritionals?? See, not as bad as you think :D It honestly makes a HUGE platter of bars ~ depending on the size you cut them ~ 36 squares.
ONLY 5 points+ a BAR based on 36 bars!
In other exciting PUMPKIN NEWS…..I was contacted by Woman’s World a few months ago and asked what my FAVORITE store bought pumpkin treat was and why……My answer showed up in November 1st issue!!!!
Any guesses what I picked??? Trader Joe’s PUMPKIN BUTTER!!!!! So cool to be featured with some pretty awesome Foodies!
By the way, they have some super cool Halloween Ideas in this issue along with a cool article on Oprah – check it out, it’s only $1.79 an issue – awesome!
My eyes are healing really well and it is freakin’ AWESOME that I can see like everything. Nothing is blurry – no contacts or glasses needed. That being said, not so sure they are digging me being on the computer.
Sooooo ~ Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll probably see ya’all tomorrow!