Vicci's fatty confession #147: I love dessert. I know...total jaw dropper, right?! I mean, it's not like I talk about cheesecake at every given moment of the day, or constantly have to refrain from face planting into a half-gallon sized tub of Bluebell ice cream. Nope, totally not me.
But seriously, I'm a sucker for pretty much everything sweet. Throw in some pumpkin pie spice and I'm sold, you've won my heart and lack of self control. Two of my favorite desserts happen to be very popular around fall and Thanksgiving time - pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Both of which aren't exactly small waist friendly. SO, I decided to whip up a batch of Skinny Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bars. They're the best of both worlds, guilt free and fab.
These bars are super duper easy to make. The hardest part is actually having to wait a little over an hour (feels more like a century bc cinnamon smell filling the kitchen) or so for the pie to bake. THEN, you have to wait a whole 'nother 2 hours for it to cool. But what I can promise guys, is that if you can dig from deep within and pluck up all the patience you have to wait for these...it'll be oh so worth it.
The base for these bars is made from only FIVE ingredients. Okay, technically 7 but we're not really gonna count the salt and water now...riiiiight friends? 🙂 I love love love the fact that they're free from any refined sugars - thanks to the dates. The dates are so naturally sweet and act as both the sweetener and binding agent for this crust. They're fab little multi-taskers.
As for the pumpkin pie filling, I adapted this amazing recipe from SkinnyTaste and it has an amazing texture and flavor. It's not overly sweet...but sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, get me? These can also be made gluten free so easily by just using gluten free old fashioned oats. Woop Woop!
If these make their way into your life within the next few weeks, you're doin' fall right.
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Serving Size 1 Bar
Servings Per Container 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 3g 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.