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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Published in Recipes, Desserts Author: CentraCare

Recipe adapted from Taste of


  • 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


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.