Goddess Diet on a Dime – Day 3…with Dessert! Mmmm!

Christine’s Post: Today my little brother, Jacob, and I conquered some low-fat pumpkin bars! They were absolutely delicious and the whole family gave them a 10/10!

Here’s the recipe! It is from a fantastic low-fat website, Low-Fat Lifestyle! You have to try this recipe!

This recipe comes from their dessert section – are you ready for this? Pumpkin Spice Bars! Here’s the recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Bars – 79 calories/serving

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup apple juice
1 – 16 ounce can pumpkin
2 eggs

Icing Ingredients:

1 Β½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons margarine, non-saturated fat
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons plain non fat yogurt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray a 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan with cooking oil spray and flour. We used an 11 x 8 inch pan, it’s the closest size we had. Since we did this, we cut ours into bigger pieces.

In a large mixing bowl, beat all bar ingredients at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Spread in prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Since we used a different sized pan, it took us 40 minutes to cook!


But wait! There’s frosting, too!

This frosting was so delicious! I am going to use it for…well…everything!

Frosting Instructions:
In medium bowl, combine all frosting ingredients, adding enough yogurt for desired spreading consistency; beat until smooth. Frost cooled bars; sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired. Refrigerate to set frosting. Cut into 48 bars. 1 bar is a serving size! We cut ours into 24 bars since we had a different sized pan! I would actually recommend doing it this way because the piece size is bigger! πŸ™‚

Handy Websites:

Here are some websites we found while perusing the web. The one I mentioned yesterday is like a free Weight Watchers site, it’s called The Daily Plate, and it is a site through LiveStrong! You enter what you ate and it tracks the calories for you! Plus, did I mention it’s free? Give it a try, click here!

Another site I found is through Fresh Cucumber. It tracks blogs around the web that post low-fat recipes! This website is how I found Low-Fat Lifestyle, the site with the delicious Pumpkin Bars recipe!

On a Dime:

The pumpkin bar recipe we tried today was cheap for us since we already had many of the spices. We did have to buy the wheat flour. Just think, though… you get a whole tray! Plus, you are assured there are no preservatives or plastic wrappers that hurt the environment!

I tracked my calories through the Daily Plate yesterday and came in at 1076/1500.

Mom finished off at 1400/1500.

She is feeling a little guilty about her calorie total today…any words of wisdom or advice? Let us know! And please, please, please try the pumpkin recipe… it was so good! The very best!

Post you low-fat recipes here and we will try them! Christine is a vegetarian, but Lisa isn’t. So one of us will be sure to try it and rate it!

Signing off for the day.

The future Goddesses,

~Lisa and Christine

I am posting a picture of my little brother Jacob and myself since he helped me with the pumpkin bars! πŸ™‚ He was the blender master.





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One Response to “Goddess Diet on a Dime – Day 3…with Dessert! Mmmm!”

  1. RadioCindy Says:

    One recommendation as you count calories… don’t go too low! Your body will learn to support itself at a lower amount, and then weight loss becomes impossible and weight gain becomes more likely when you do eventually eat more calories.

    I stay at within 100 calories of 1500 every day and the weight is coming off. Less is NOT better.

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