These 21 Day Fix approved pumpkin bars are everything you want from a pumpkin pie (creamy, dreamy, pumpkin-y deliciousness) without the calories! Bonus: you can pick one up and eat it on the go!
So I’m declaring September to be Pumpkin Month. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be October or even November… BUT! a) If I put pumpkin recipes out now, then you’ll have them for October/November and b) I’m kind of crazy-excited about pumpkin everything and I just can’t wait any longer. So there you have it. Patience is a virtue, but it’s somebody else’s virtue.
So… on to these amazing pumpkin bars!! A while back my sister told me about a 21 Day Fix pumpkin bar recipe that she had found on Pinterest that basically ended up making a soupy mess. She was pretty bummed that they didn’t turn out, but it sounded like a challenge to me! I went into the kitchen and a few batches of less-than-perfect bars later, I came up with these. Seriously, I’m in love. These bars are able to be eaten out of your hand, but they’re still creamy and custard-y on the inside. They’re sweet, but not too sweet and perfect in a kid’s lunch (my daughter has asked to have one of these in her lunch every day for the last week or so).
Did I mention that one of these bars basically only counts as 1 teaspoon? Yep, you’re welcome! Each bar has 1/6th of a purple and 1/9th of a red, which to me, is pretty crazy to count. However, if I have more than one bar in a day, then I’ll count them (by the way, I’m rounding the red count because 1/9th is a weird increment and I don’t think you want to count 4 bars as 44/100 of a RED!) :
- 2 bars = 1/3 PURPLE, 1/4 RED, 2 TSP
- 3 bars = 1/2 PURPLE, 1/3 RED, 3 TSP
- 4 bars = 2/3 PURPLE, 1/2 RED, 4 TSP
That reminds me of something else that I wanted to make mention of… I don’t know if many of you count your sugar teaspoons during the day or not, but if you’re not doing it, it’s a great thing to get into… things can get out of hand pretty quickly when you aren’t paying attention. I didn’t realize AT ALL how much I was taking in every day until I started this program and starting counting it! I think I’ve mentioned this before in my Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Seed Pudding post, but the average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar in one day! That’s a lot of freaking sugar, people, especially when no more than 6 teaspoons a day are recommended. I try to keep my sugar intake to about 4 teaspoons a day, including what I put in my coffee. It was difficult at first, I didn’t realize how addicted to sugar I was until I had cut a lot of it out for a bit and no longer “needed” it. Here’s a great article that might just make you consider cutting back on sugar, too, if you’re interested. One of the many great things about the 21 Day Fix is that it automatically cuts out a ton of sugar and salt from your diet simply by eliminating processed foods from your diet. Boom!
On another happy note, I have some more fun pumpkin recipes planned, so stay tuned!