Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Nicely spiced bars, perfect for the health-conscious.

Yield

15 servings

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 large egg
2 egg whites
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons water
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly grease a 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine the first six dry ingredients. Add egg, egg whites, pumpkin, oil and water; mix well. Transfer to the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese. Beat in powdered sugar, then vanilla and lemon peel. Frost bars. Chill for 15 minutes, then cut.

Storage

Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutritional Information

One bar equals 185 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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