Sunday, November 6, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing {Gluten-Free, Gum-Free, FODMAP-Friendly}  /  Delicious as it Looks


I can't believe I let the whole of October go by without posting anything! I can't really say I was super-busy, or that I didn't have any new recipes to share. I just wasn't in a sharing kind of mood. When I first started my blog, I was so enthusiastic about sharing my life with the world. But now, not so much. The more popular my blog gets, the more guarded I am. Which makes sense. I feel so much more exposed and vulnerable to criticism and to be honest, it scares me. I feel like I want to just put a blanket over my head and not face the world.



Then I remember why I'm doing this: I want to help folks prepare delicious food that will assist them in feeling better. I also love creating recipes, preparing food and taking photos. When I am doing those things is when I am happiest. Why not share it? And if it helps someone feel better in the process, then that's great. I still want to just hide under my blanket sometimes though.....


Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing {Gluten-Free, Gum-Free, FODMAP-Friendly}  /  Delicious as it Looks

This, of course, is my favorite time of year. I live for fall. In the summer, I find that fall cannot get here fast enough. But then it goes by so quick. Here we are just a few weeks from Thanksgiving already. We are deep into pumpkin spice season, readers, and I have a wonderful pumpkin spice recipe right up your alley.

These pumpkin spice bars are made with my new gum-free gluten-free flour blend. They feature a blend of warm autumn spices and a sweet, maple-flavored icing. I know cream cheese frosting is the traditional topping for this type of bar, but being unable to find lactose-free cream cheese at any of the grocery stores in town, I decided to come up with something almost as equally delicious. I hope you enjoy these moist and tender bars and that they help you get in the spirit of the fall season.


Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing {Gluten-Free, Gum-Free, FODMAP-Friendly}  /  Delicious as it Looks


Looking for a way to use up the rest of that can of pumpkin? Try my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins.



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Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing
Gluten-Free, Gum-Free, FODMAP-Friendly, Lactose-Free
makes about 20 bars

Ingredients

Bars
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Icing
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (vegan margarine may be substituted for lactose-free)
1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring or extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk (non-dairy or lactose-free, if needed)


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8” x 11.5” baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in the pumpkin, sugar and oil. Measure the flour by lightly spooning into the measuring cup to heaping and leveling off with the back of a knife. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and cloves to the pumpkin mixture. Mix well until batter is smooth. Pour into prepared pan,
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before icing.
  4. To make the icing, beat the butter and maple flavoring together. Add the confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon milk and beat until smooth. Add more milk, a teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Gently spread over the cooled bars.


Pumpkin Spice Bars with Maple Icing {Gluten-Free, Gum-Free, FODMAP-Friendly}  /  Delicious as it Looks


10 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I made some gluten-free pumpkin bars back in October, but I love the idea of using maple icing. A perfect autumn dessert!

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    1. I hope you give the bars a try and enjoy them! Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Hi Dianne, I love your blog! I'm a bit of an introvert, so I totally understand the reluctance to share your life with the online world (in fact, I don't think I've ever commented on a blog or online article before...). But I just wanted to say, I hope you keep posting - I follow a few other food blogs as well, but yours is usually the only one where I can follow the recipes as posted, since we seem have very similar dietary restrictions. Your blog has become my "go-to", especially around the holidays. I refer friends and family here as well when they ask me for recipes that will accommodate my restrictions.

    Anyway, thank you for all the recipes! I hope you have a lovely day :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Christine! I'm honored you chose my blog to comment on. I'm glad you have been enjoying my recipes and that your friends and family are finding them useful too! I do plan to keep posting, it's just that some days are more difficult than others. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Hi, Dianne, I totally get not really wanting to share online. I feel the same most of the time. Being an introvert myself, I think it's quite brave of you, actually. I wanted to say that I got your low FODMAP cookbook out of my local library and I have made quite a few of the recipes and they are all delicious! So I ordered your book so I will have my own copy to use and enjoy. I had never heard of FODMAPs but I suffer from IBS and so I'm glad I found the cookbook. Thank you for sharing your recipes and photos with the world.

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    1. Thanks for buying my book! I'm glad you are enjoying it and I hope eating low-FODMAP helps with your IBS. Best wishes!

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  4. Truly appreciate the recipes you share on your blog...I was recently diagnosed with fructose malabsorption and didnt have a clue what to cook! This makes it soooo much easier! I need to get your cookbook soon !Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you are enjoying my recipes. Hope you enjoy the cookbook too!

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  5. I'm an avid fan of your recipes. Whenever I give each recipe a try, my children go wild and eat everything up. I'm sure this pumpkin spice bars will make more weekends more enjoyable, that even my students from http://bestessay.education/blog/how-to-write-a-compare-and-contrast-essay can't wait to taste my version.

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