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Healthy Pumpkin Bars

It’s been a while since I’ve posted regularly. School started, the Labor Day holiday came and went, and I’ve been reading. My gracious grandmother went to a book sale at her town’s “Old Home Day” festivities. She picked up a bunch of cookbooks for me. One jumped right out at me and has had me hooked. It’s called Desserts to Lower your Fat Thermostat, by Barbara W. Higa, RD. It’s all about the effects of refined sugar on our bodies. It contains two hundred recipes without any refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, or salt.

Excerpt: “For many people, the attraction for sweets is so strong that it is like an addiction. In fact, for many people, sugar use has all the characteristic features of addiction. The addiction to sugar can be very powerful.” I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.

“Whole wheat flour has seven or eight times as much fiber, twice as much calcium, and four times as much magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus as does white flour.” Why not make the switch? You can start out by just doing half the recipe with whole wheat flour and half with all-purpose flour. Once your body and taste buds are accustomed to the whole grain, go all in!

I can’t say I won’t bake with sugar again but I will try to adjust recipes to lower the amount used, for sure.

Here is a recipe from the book that I think everyone would love.

Pumpkin Bars

  • 3 T oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Beat the egg and oil together. Add pumpkin and vanilla, blend well. Mix in the apple juice concentrate.

Add the flour, oats, soda and cinnamon. Mix until combined.

Pour into your prepared pan. I used an 8 inch square baking dish. Bake at 375F for 20-30 minutes.

If cut into 24 squares, each square will be just 94 calories.

The final result is moist and delicious. Although, if you’re used to eating excessively sweet treats, this will taste quite bland to you. It is not your typical pumpkin bread but it is full of pumpkin and oats, two of my very favorite things.

If you want a healthy pumpkin and oats recipe that tastes like it isn’t, try this. You won’t be disappointed.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Will definitely make these for my friend who loves pumpkin!


    1. So, let me just say…these weren’t a hit with my husband and son…I guess they aren’t ready for “no sugar added” :( But if your friend loves pumpkin…try the whole wheat pumpkin skillet cake I made a few weeks back! That was healthy and super yummy! I won’t be making these again but I will definately be making the skillet cake again.


  2. Monte Meschke says:

    Products that are labeled zero calories are not that promising. It’s true. There are no calories in them but to make them taste as good as they are, substitutes are added. Artificial sweeteners that come with side effects are included in the ingredients. They have to be, to redeem the flavor. Otherwise, the products will end up too awful to be a delight.You’d think you’re in the right track with artificial sweeteners. With no calories, you can say goodbye to some extra pounds in your system. You feel as if you’re doing alright. Well, you’re not. Truth be told, if you intend on losing weight through these empty calories, you are kidding yourself. Not only do they not have any dieting advantage, they, also, puncture your body with other effects.:

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