Open Accessibility Menu
Hide

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Learn More

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Published in Recipes, Desserts Author: CentraCare

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ c. sugar, divided
  • ½ c. brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup tub spread or stick margarine (*look for brand with no trans fat & no partially hydrogenated oils)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) fat free cream cheese, softened, cubed
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 can (15 oz.) solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix flours, ¼ c. sugar, and brown sugar; cut in spread/margarine until crumbly. Stir in oats and pecans. Reserve 1 cup for topping.

Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of a sprayed 9 x 13 pan. Bake 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, spices, and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Add egg and egg whites; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Serve or refrigerate, covered, within 2 hours of baking.

Makes 24 bars.

Nutrition Information Per Serving
  • Calories: 204
  • Fat: 4.5 g.
  • Sat. Fat: 1 g.
  • Trans Fat: 0 g.
  • Sodium: 109 mg
  • Carbs: 25 g.
  • Fiber: 1 g.
  • Protein: 3 g.