Pumpkin White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I’d better use up the last of my fresh pumpkin. I’m saving just enough for a pie on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve had it in the freezer, but if I don’t use it up soon I’ll forget it’s there and it will hide behind the frozen peas until next year.

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So today I’m making some chewy bars that will taste great in my lunch box at work.

You will need:

1 Egg

1/2 cup Milk

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree

1/2 cup Flour

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

2 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal

1 cup White Chocolate Chips

1 cup Dried Cranberries

3/4 Cup chopped Pecans

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In a large bowl whisk together the Milk and Egg. Add the Brown Sugar and Vanilla. Whisk in the Pumpkin Puree, Flour, Spices, Baking Soda and Baking Powder until it is lump free. Stir in the remaining ingredients using a spoon.

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Press into a generously greased 9×13 baking pan (this is easier if you use your hands).

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes until golden brown.

Cut into squares while still warm. Allow to cool completely and store in an air tight canister.

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These are low in fat and reasonably healthy. If you omitted the White Chocolate they would be better for you but… I think it’s worth the extra calories to include them. They aren’t too sweet either which makes them a perfect after school treat.

 

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