The traditional pumpkin cake bars have lot’s of extra calories topped with loads of cream cheese frosting which makes them “oh so good”! My quest is to remove as many of the calories as possible yet achieve an acceptable pumpkin cake bar. The goal is to get Weight Watcher Smart points for these bars to 6 points or less. So listening closely to meeting members as they where talking about using bananas, pumpkin, and other pie low point pie fillings and cake mix. Pumpkin is best choice because it has 0 points value and cake mix has anywhere from 8 to 16 points per slice, so this is a very hard challenge to achieve. By eliminating oil or fat and eggs from mix reduces points by third. That’s great but still a ways from 6 points or less. So I will need to cut the portion size down from 10 pieces to 16 pieces. This achieve the Weight Watcher Smart Points to 5.
So on test batch, I mixed one yellow cake mix and one can of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice together for 2 minutes. Put it into 9 by 13 inch cake pan and baked it off for 20 minutes. Well it worked, it’s not quite as high of rise, as scratch pumpkin cake with lots of oil and eggs. But an acceptable bar thickness, so I just garnished the top of the bar with a dollop of fat free whipped topping (Cool Whip) and dusted it with powdered sugar and cinnamon. It’s not bad and is only 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points. Still I miss the fluffy cream cheese frosting piled high onto each bar.
How do I get fluffy cream cheese topping with very little extra Weight Watcher Smart Points? This is hard because Smart Points adds up quickly when it has sugar. Light bulb came on to make a low fat mousse with fat free cream cheese, jell-o instant sugar free pudding mix, skim milk and Cool Whip light Topping. “Oh my God” this is the big one, it will work, I even
have some cheesecake flavored instant sugar free mix. I can envision fluffy light mousse like topping to go onto pumpkin cake bars, so light so fluffy and “Tasting So Good”! I might even win Weight Watcher merit badge for this one, only in my dreams!