Pumpkin Bars

I couldn’t believe walking through the grocery store today that the day after Halloween there are already tons of Christmas displays! Whatever happened to Thanksgiving and enjoying the rest of Fall before we jump into Winter?  Well today I wanted to share a favorite Fall recipe that I love to make for tailgating, Fall pot-lucks, and of course Thanksgiving.  I’m actually making it for my friend Rachel‘s baby shower (a special request from her)!  It’s easy and a different take on traditional pumpkin pie.  This is a somewhat skinnier version, but some things like butter you just can’t cut out of this recipe and get the same results!

Here’s what you’ll need…

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1 1/4 cup of flour (I used whole wheat)

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

3/4 cup cold butter (1 1/2 sticks)

1/3 cup almonds (you can also use crushed walnuts or chopped pecans)

3/4 cup egg beaters or egg whites

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin

1 8 oz. package of reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

To start, pre-heat the oven to 350 F and grease a 13 x 9″ baking dish.

Measure out the flour.

and 3/4 cups of the brown sugar in a medium bowl… I might have gone a little over!

Cut your stick and a half of butter into chunks like so…

then put them in with the flour mixture.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture using  pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

Then add in the 1 cup of oats and 1/3 cup of almonds to the flour mixture

I usually add 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice to this mixture as well, but that’s up to you.

Pour all of the flour mixture EXCEPT about 3/4 cup into the baking pan and press to cover evenly to make the crust.

Bake the crust for 15 minutes or until golden.

While the crust is baking, beat the cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin with a mixer for about 2 minutes.

Pour over the crust once it has finished baking.

Make sure it’s evenly spread…

Then sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top and bake for 25 to 27 minutes and cool completely.

Cut into bars and serve!  Store remaining bars in the refrigerator or freezer!

What’s your favorite Fall treat?

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