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Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

If you are looking for a healthy yet delectable food to serve on your next party, then this Pumpkin Bar with Kahlua and Cream Frosting recipe is for you. These pumpkin bars are at the top of its game. You can add a twist to this traditional pastry to make you look like a chef in a five-star hotel.

Here are the reasons you’ll want to try this out:

  • The moisture and texture are great, despite the fact that some ingredients were swapped.
  • The shelf life is longer than you’d expect. They can last for a day without going bad.
  • There is no difference between thawed frozen bars and freshly made ones.
  • Good dessert to have on any occasion, due to its versatility. It goes well with any ingredient.

Steps in Making Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua & Cream Frosting

Servings: 48 small or 24 large

Ingredients:

For the Bars:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or 1 cup regular whole wheat flour plus 1 cup white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 15-ounce can pureed pumpkin

For the Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or coffee granules
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (1-1/2 8-oz. blocks), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ground cinnamon for dusting top

Click here for a recipe of the pumpkin pie spice if you want to make one of your own instead of purchasing from stores.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

 

Step 2: Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 3: Add sugar, oil, applesauce, and pumpkin into the whisked eggs and then mix.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 4: Pour the dry ingredients into the mixture and whip it up until it’s properly mixed.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

 

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 5: In a baking pan, spread a baking sheet to prevent sticking.

Step 6: Bake the batter at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. Cool them first before adding the frosting.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Make the frosting while waiting for the bars to cool.

Step 1: Microwave the Kahlua for approximately 30 seconds. Dissolve the instant espresso/coffee granules in the microwaved Kahlua then set aside.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 2: After cutting the cream cheese into chunks, mix it with butter using a mixer.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

 

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Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 3: Pour in powdered sugar and mix well.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 3: Get the cooled Kahlua mixture and add it into the bowl. Stir.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

 

Step 4: Spread the frosting accordingly on the cooled bars.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Step 5: To top it up, sprinkle grounded cinnamon using a wire mesh strainer.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

 

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

You can refrigerate or freeze the finished frosted bars until serving time. It is also advisable to use domed lids to preserve the frosting.

Before serving, you must first take off the lid and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes (refrigerated) or 60 minutes (frozen).

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

The frosting plays a huge role in this recipe.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

You can substitute Kahlua and coffee for 1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla, if you prefer the plain cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

 

Pumpkin Bars with Kahlua and Cream Frosting. Whole wheat and reduced calories with AMAZING flavor! You can make ahead and freeze these, too. From TheYummyLife.com

Enjoy this wonderful treat with great company!

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