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April 6, 2013 / Chris Blum

Pumpkin Bars

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I love pumpkin. i always have a couple cans of pumpkin puree on hand to indulge my vice. Best of all pumpkin is a veggie – so you get dessert and a veggie!! I had white chips so I used a combo of white and semi-sweet.

Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 c walnuts, chopped
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c egg whites or 4 eggs
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1/2 c canola oil
1/4 c fat-free milk
1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13×9 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, pecans (if using), baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Add eggs, pumpkin, canola oil, and milk to flour mixture along with 1/3 cup chocolate pieces; stir just until combined. Spread the batter very evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons chocolate pieces.

Bake about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

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