Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recipe Time: Caramel Pumpkin Bars!

Oh, sweet fall - it's finally arrived.  Sunday was downright chilly, with a high of about 62 degrees.  The boys and I tried to play outside in the morning, and I ended up making us go inside because I couldn't shake the goosebumps!  But oh, how I love this time of year.
The cool weather, football on TV, and soup in the crockpot, put me in the fall mood even more, so what better way to celebrate than to bake something with pumpkin???  I got the recipe for this delicious Caramel Drizzle Pumpkin Cake here.

Ready to try this out for yourself?  Of course you are, they're fabulous!  First, gather your supplies.  You'll need:
3 eggs
1/2 cup of fat free yogurt (I used regular, but you can use greek for an extra protein boost!)
1 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. caramel bits
Plus, caramel for the topping
First, combine the eggs, yogurt, and brown sugar, and whisk until smooth.

Next, add the pumpkin and vanilla, and whisk until smooth again.

Then, add your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Mix it up!
Once your wet and dry ingredients are mixed together, add 1 cup of caramel bits.

Mix it up again!
Then, using a flexible spatula to scrape the sides, spread it into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

If it's your kind of thing, you might consider enjoying a treat or two similar to the following while this fall, pumpkin goodness is baking......

Once the bars are fully baked, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, put the remainder of the bag of caramels in a glass bowl with a little bit of milk and melt in the microwave, stirring after each 20-25 seconds.  (Careful, the bowl is hot!)

Then, drizzle over the pumpkin bars.  You can poke holes in the bars to allow the caramel drizzle to soak in even more if you want.  I did this and I'm pretty sure it was a great idea.

If you're drooling, you should be.  This was so tasty!  And what's so awesome about it (in my humble little opinion, of course), is that with the caramel drizzle, each piece was only about 140 calories!  (I cut the whole thing into 21 pieces.)
Caramel pairs so well with the fall flavor of the pumpkin to make this just a party in your mouth.  It's definitely an explosion of deliciousness.
Try it for yourself, you won't regret it!
Happy fall, friends!

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