I love pumpkin. It totally reminds me of fall and even though the weather is still very summery, I am hoping that by baking something with pumpkin in it, I can somehow wish the Fall here just a little sooner. A girl can dream, right?
The thing is I had no idea there was even a can of pumpkin in my cabinet. (Note to self: clean out cabinets.) A few weeks ago, my husband and I were looking through them and I was delighted to find a couple of cans hidden. Yay! So I was dreaming of pumpkin dishes. I found a dish for Pumpkin Bars on Sparkpeople. I actually made a few changes and modified the recipe a bit. These bars could totally be made into muffins as well. Yummy! I was very happy with the result: moist and not too sweet. Yummy.
Pumpkin Oat Bars
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. oats
1/2 c. brown sugar (if you want them a little sweeter, you can use about 3/4 of a cup. I just scaled the sugar back a bit)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup fat free milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup nuts of your choice (I did not use nuts here because I am not able to have them at this time)
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add pumpkin, milk, applesauce, and slightly beaten egg. Mix lightly (do not overmix). Add nuts if you are using. You can make muffins if you want or spread batter in 13 x 9 pan (lightly greased with nonstick cooking spray). Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes, use toothpick to see if they are done. Do not over cook.