Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares

whole grain pumpkin bars with chocolate chips

This is definitely a dessert, and desserts are to be eaten in moderation, right?  But I certainly feel healthier after eating a whole grain dessert than a white-flour one.  Plus it has pumpkin!  This one is quite yummy.  -Jessica

 

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1/2 cups sugar

1 large egg white

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

1.   PREHEAT:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  DRY INGREDIENTS:  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda and salt.

3.  WET INGREDIENTS:  In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg white and vanilla.  Then beat in the pumpkin puree.

4.  COMBINE:  Carefully mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones, just until combined.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

5.  BAKE:  Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray.  Spread batter evenly into the pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.

6.  COOL:  Cool completely in pan before cutting them into squares and eating them.  This will be difficult, but I PROMISE that they taste better cooled.

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