Pumpkin Pie Spice Bars/ Sweet Potato Bake

It’s that time of year again.  Time to start planning my Thanksgiving meal, prepare for Black Friday shopping and gear up for the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season.   One thing is for sure, I DO NOT want those dreaded extra Holiday pounds following me around this year.  I need to stay  fit to shop till I drop, bake up a storm and wrap until my fingers are blue.  But I don’t want to compromise the quality and integrity of my baked goods and side dishes for the Holidays in an attempt to make a more healthful  version.  My precious Pumpkin Pie Bars and scrumptious sweet potato bake are only made once a year and my family and I look forward to noshing on it’s goodness in all it’s glory.  So even though I was hesitant (and skeptical), I was determined to cut the fat and calories from two of my favorite side dishes this Thanksgiving. This is something I have NEVER done before.  Something that, given the name of my blog, would have ever crossed my mind to experiment with.  Are you ready for this? Okay.  I, the owner of Buttercream Bakehouse chose to swap out butter for “I can’t believe its not butter!” in an attempt to lower my Hubby’s cholesterol and to make a more healthy version of my yummy Holiday fare.  Gasp!   Would it bake the same? Would it taste the same?  I had to find out because if this is really true.  If it REALLY does taste just like butter and is a healthier option to boot…then I’m down with it.   

pumpkin spice bars

  I believe it’s not butter! is a vegetable spread that contains a blend of nutritious oils, including soybean and canola.  It also has 50% less fat than butter and 0 trans fat and provide an excellent source of omega-3 per serving. 

Okay, so that may not mean anything to you but in a nut
shell….it’s BETTER for you than regular butter.  

There ya have it.  Now onto the good stuff.  My two favorite

Thanksgiving recipes using I can’t believe it’s not butter!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Bars

    Recipe #1

Introducing my glorious Pumpkin Pie Spice bars made with…you guessed it. I can’t believe it’s not butter!

The bottom layer is pumpkin pie made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, eggs, evaporated milk and sugar and the top layer is a rich cake with I can’t believe it’s not butter!, walnuts and a dollop of whipped cream.  It tastes BETTER than pumpkin pie and it cuts beautifully. 

 I don’t cut them into bars. 
I cut them into big gigantic blocks.

 One bite of this tantalizing dessert and I was smitten.  Oh, and did I mention how great your house will smell while this is baking? If there was a way I could create a candle scent to smell exactly like this dessert I would call it 
nutty vanilla pumpkin pie spice cake!

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk (fat free optional)
3 eggs
1 cup of sugar (splenda or artificial sweetener optional)
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 package yellow cake mix ( I always use Betty Crocker)
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

In a large bowl, beat first five ingredients until smooth.
Transfer to a greased 13-in.x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with melted I can’t believe it’s not butter!  Top with walnuts.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
Yield: 12-16 servings.

Sweet Potato Bake

     recipe #2

This recipe is adapted from Paula Deen.  It has a lot going on and it’s evident in every bite.  Plump raisins, sweet coconut, vanilla, pecans, and brown sugar give it such an amazing sweetness that it makes it darn close to be enjoyed as a dessert. Almost like a pudding with crunchy rich topping made with (you guessed it) 1 Stick of I can’t believe it’s not butter! and it came out just as delicious as ever before.  I didn’t notice a difference in taste or texture.  You really can’t tell a thing.  Really!  Pinky swear.

Sweet Potato Bake

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 stick I can’t believe it’s not butter
3 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup raisins
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees and place a rack in the center.  Lightly grease a large ovenproof casserole dish.

For the topping, in a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, nuts,  flour, and 1/4 cup I can’t believe it’s not butter with a fork; set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together potatoes,  granulated sugar, coconut  raisins, eggs, extract, and remaining 1/4 cup butter.  Stir in cream, combining well.

Spoon into prepared casserole dish.  Spread topping over sweet potato mixture and bake until golden brown, 20-30 minutes.  Let cool and sprinkle with more coconut in desired amount.

Yields: 6-8 servings.

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  1. that looks delicious!

  2. Both of these look irresistible! Fall flavors are my favorite.

  3. Dina, congrats and I can’t wait to make both recipes!! Keep posting, I have traditional recipes but always room for more!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    These look sooo good Dina! I plan to make them this weekend for our family meal. Instead of Sugar I do plan on using Truvia so I can cut the calorie count down to 0. So, no fat from butter and no calories from sugar…yum! :) Thank you once again for your wonderful recipes!!

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