Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cran-Pumpkin Bars

Cran-Pumpkin Bars

As you know, I had to buy whole berry cranberry sauce so I could make the husband's prized cranberry butter. However, he has absolutely no desire to eat the stuff unless it is mixed with butter. What was I to do? Google it. Thanks to Baking Bites, the whole berry sauce didn't go to waste.

Cran-Pumpkin Bars

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
5 tablespoons butter, melted and brought back to room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 dash apple pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin
2/3 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a 9"x13" baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Sift together the flours, baking soda and salt into a small bowl. 

3. In a separate, large bowl, mix together the applesauce, butter, sugars, spices and vanilla. Add in the egg. Stir the pumpkin mixture until well combined.

4. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and stir until combined.

5. Spread the batter into the pan, using a spatula to make sure it spreads evenly. Drop small scoops of the cranberry sauce on top of the batter. (You may use a knife to swirl the cranberry sauce if it looks like it is clumping in areas.)

6. Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and cut into 12 servings.

Amount Per Serving 12:
Amount Per Serving: Calories 197.8, Total Fat 5.0 g, Total Carbohydrate 38.2 g, Dietary Fiber 1.1 g, Sugars 29 g, Protein 1.4 g


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  3. I just came here from Baking Bites to see your adaptation. I'd like to try your version, but you have 1 cup vanilla listed before the pumpkin. Is this supposed to be nuts (as I know that was listed on the other recipe)? I'm planning to leave out the nuts anyway, but wanted to check if it should be something else. Thanks! :)

    1. Ah, what a horrid typo! It looks like it should be nothing! I'll remove the ASAP. So sorry! I cup of vanilla. How silly.


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