Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (4 pts with frosting)

I’ve decided to experiment with pumpkin this year. I’ve never baked with pumpkin before other than pumpkin pie. I’ve been wanting to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon and try something out. For my first adventure into baking with pumpkin, I thought I’d go with a simple WW recipe to make some pumpkin bars.

These bars are great and so low in calories and fat. They were definitely better the second day after sitting in the fridge for a while. Hubby absolutely loves cream cheese frosting and doesn’t think the bars would cut it without the frosting, but you could definitely save some calories by eating the bars without the frosting.

Pumpkin bars – 2 pts1 box Spice cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 egg – I used ¼ cup Egg Beaters

Preheat oven at 325. Mix all ingredients. I added the egg because the dough was just too dry without it.

Grease a 11×17 pan and pour batter into pan.

Bake for 25-35 minutes until bars pull away from edges of pan. Cool completely prior to frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – adapted from Allrecipes.com – 2 pts1 8 oz tub Cream Cheese at room temp – I used Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter at room temp
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Add sugar and beat until desired consistency.

Nutritional Information (please double check with your ingredients and serving sizes – I use this recipe calculator)

1 bar (2″x2″): 78.4 Calories, 1.3 g Fat, 0.0 mg Cholesterol, 116.3 mg Sodium, 6.9 mg Potassium, 15.5 g Carbs, 0.6 g Dietary Fiber, 8.5 g Sugar, 0.6 g Protein WW POINTS = 2

frosting for 1 bar: 51.8 Calories, 2.8 g Fat, 4.0 mg Cholesterol, 43.8 mg Sodium, 0.2 mg Potassium, 6.4 g Carbs, 0.0 g Dietary Fiber, 4.5 g Sugar, 0.3 g Protein

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16 Responses to “Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad”

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    Kelsey — January 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I’m with you–every ingredient in this salad is a winner on it’s own. Together? Forgetaboutit! The colors are beautiful and I can imagine how great it tastes with the balance of bitter, sweet, and tart.

    Love the new layout, also. Way to go!

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    Wicked Goodies — January 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Yum! I am also addicted to kale since doing a CSA here in Boston 🙂

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    Jill McOwen — January 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    It’s so funny, because as I was scrolling through Tastespotting tonight and saw this post, I had to click because it looked so familiar to my winter couscous bowl… and then, I couldn’t believe it when I saw my blog credited at the bottom! This is a first for me 🙂 Thanks so much for the credit!

    So you’ve recently moved back to Cincinnati? Which part? My family and I live in Anderson Township.

    • beantownbaker — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Thanks so much for the recipe!!

      We work in West Chester and are living in Oakley right now. Trying to find a house at some point…

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    Megan — January 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I think this sounds amazing, Jen! And I love how colorful it is. I am always looking for new winter salads that are colorful, flavorful, and interesting.

    • beantownbaker — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

      This is definitely colorful, flavorful, and interesting. I have seriously been OBSESSED with pomegranates this winter, and this salad totally feeds into that obsession.

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    Sues — January 14, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I’m on a major quinoa AND kale kick so this salad is right up my alley. So colorful and pretty, too!

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      Pretty food is definitely always tastier than ugly food 🙂

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    Shannon — January 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    looks a lot like the one i posted last week 🙂 obviously, i’m all over it!!

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

      Very similar indeed!

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    Michelle — January 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    This is perfect for that kale and pomegranate I have in the fridge! I’m always excited to find new things to put together ahead of time for lunches and dinners, thanks! Hope you are settling in nicely 🙂

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Making food ahead of time saves the day during the week! I can’t imagine not eating leftovers… Things are going pretty well for us in Ohio so far. Hope things are going well for you and your little bundle on the way!

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    Cara — January 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds great to me! I love the ingredients. And the colors 🙂

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    ErinsFoodFiles — January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This sounds right up my alley! YUM!!

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    Sarah — November 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I was thinking about an easy and colorful, flavorful, and power-packed healthy side dish to bring for a potluck lunch after a trail work party this coming weekend. I had these amazing cute pumpkins to harvest from my garden and love both kale and quinoa. I thought to myself, mmmm, what if I made some kind of pumpkin kale quinoa and goat cheese salad to share? One quick internet search and I came across this gem! I modified and concocted a tad, which is normal for me. Thanks so much for the recipe and ingredient confirmations! The honey, olive oil, and smokey / spicy combo was the secret ingredient for me! Happy fooding!

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! I am always tweaking recipes to make them fit what I have on hand and what we like too.

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