Seriously? Its Friday? That seems super strange to me.
Since I haven’t worked all week. I’ve kind of lost track of the days. (You can be jealous, just don’t drop kick me, please.)
I worried that I would not have enough time to whip something up for ya this Friday. But, since my internal clock is readjusting still, I had a burst of energy and decided I want to use that energy in my kitchen! :0)
A couple of weeks ago when I was visited my parents, I saw this coveted, precious item on the shelves.
Ahhhh. Canned pumpkin puree. It is always VERY hard to find puree pumpking (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX) in the store at this time of year. (Well, at least in this area of the country).
Week after week, I stroll down the baked goods aisle..just in case they found an old can on a shelf in the dungeon of the store. (Yes, I would still eat it).
Apparently.. an hour up the road.. there is no such “pumpkin shortage”
So, last night, when I was rummaging through my rather empty cabinets.. this can of pumpkin puree was just staring me down.. begging to be used.
Being the sweet, nice girl that I am, I honored the request of this little can of pumpkin and made a treat.
Actually.. it is more then a treat. It can accompany a breakfast, lunch, dinner. It can be used as a snack.. as a dessert. Pretty versatile, don’t ya think?!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Squares
Makes 24 squares
- 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 cups rolled oats
- 1 c. pumpkin puree
- 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 c. cashews (ground magic bullet)
- 1/4 c. shredded coconut (optional – I used unsweetened reduced fat)
- Preheat Oven to 350*
- Mix all ingredients in large bowl (except for coconut)
- Pour batter into a 13 X 9 inch pan (previously sprayed with non-stick)
- Sprinkle with coconut if desire
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes
These are not too sweet – but I don’t need my pumpkin goods to be sweet. I bet they would be great crumbled into yogurt!
I’ve been on a kick of entering my recipes into Sparkpeople. And I am never disappointed when I see the nutriional information. Especially when I concoct a baked good that uses healthy ingredeients.. and is something that I actually enjoy!
Once again, the nutritional stats do not disappoint. Below – find the stats for a the sqaures made WITHOUT using coconut on top…
And here – the squares with my reduced fat unsweetened shredded coconut:
I made both – I spinkled a small amount over a portion of my goodies – so I can experience the best of both worlds!
I am totally for eating foods when they are “out of season.” Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to eat.. not in the fall. I am pretty sure I will be enjoying some pumpkin pie oats pretty soon. as I do not want to let a drop of this left-over pumpkin go to waste!!
Any other suggestions for some great goodies I can make with pumpkin!? Great links? Feel free to share.. I am in a baking mood!