Recipe: Skinny Pumpkin Bars

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Chef and blogger Ruthie Knudsen shows us how to lighten up a fall favorite. For more of her recipes, go here. 

Skinny Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients
  • 3⅓ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs and 4 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • 1 (15oz) can mashed pumpkin
  • ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars; mix 2 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time; beating and scraping bowl with each addition.
  6. Add egg whites; mix 2 minutes.
  7. Add applesauce and pumpkin; mix until incorporates.
  8. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until 80% incorporated.
  9. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  10. Evenly spread into prepared cookie sheet.
  11. Bake 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  12. Cool and Enjoy!