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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pumpkin Bars

What do you do during a nasty storm? Me....I have a tendency to freak out, especially when there is wind and hail involved!!! And that's where Kitchen Therapy comes in.....bake something to keep your mind off the nasty weather outside......and hope the power doesn't go out in the middle of baking! I love pumpkin. It's so versatile. And a cream cheese-ish frosting to boot!!!  This was so simple to make and so delicious! I put mine in the fridge.....just thought it would be better cold and I was right!  My Friday Weight Watchers group got to sample these.....and one of the members said they required a "moment of silence" to enjoy them! Think they just might be better than my Carrot Cake!!

PUMPKIN BARS
Makes 30 Servings
1 Serving = 3 PointsPlus™

1 cup fat-free egg substitute
2 cups Splenda granulated
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves

FROSTING:
8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup light butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Spray bottom & sides of a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, beat egg substitute, Splenda granulated, applesauce and pumpkin with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Spread evenly in baking pan. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on rack, @2 hours.

For Frosting: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter & vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable.

Enjoy!!!

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!! *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

Later!
Loving Life(time)!
Jan


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