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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Contest Winner! Splenda Sweetened Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars 

This is a recipe contest winner with a 4+ star rating at Splenda Brand. com found here: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars. Pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin C and beta carotene. These came together quite quickly and had nice plate appeal -- and no leftovers!

1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
1/2 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend, divided
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup light margarine
1 package (8-ounce) container fat free cream cheese
3 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13X9x2-inch pan with foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Combine flour, SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, half of the SPLENDA® Sugar Blend For Baking, oats and walnuts. Cut in the margarine with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Press all but one cup of the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Beat cream cheese, eggs, the remaining half of the SPLENDA® Sugar Blend For Baking, the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice until it is well blended.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over the pre-baked crust and sprinkle with the 1 cup of remaining crust and the chocolate chips.

Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Lift from pan to cool. Cut into 24 bars. Serves 24: 1 bar each. Per serving: 150 calories, 4g protein, 5g fat, 21g carbohydrate, 12g sugar.



Looks like a delicious recipe Kaye but with 12g sugar per pieceportion I would 'dump' on this. Most I can take in one hit is 7-10g but I know everyone is different.

Kaye Bailey said...

Carol - that is a valid point and I appreciate you bringing it up. I actually addressed this issue in a PS comment on this recipe on my Facebook feed - here is what I added: "I forgot to mention to pay close attention to portion size and enjoy one delicious serving. Even with the Splenda there are 12g sugar per serving, so we need to be very cautious about the amount consumed. Remember, all sweets are best enjoyed as the finish of a high protein meal. This keeps us from over-eating (as in snacking) and lessens the impact of sugar on glucose levels."