Sweet and spicy bars for your lil' Super Star.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch baking sheet.
Stir first 8 ingredients/dry ingredients in large bowl to blend. Add vanilla extract, pumpkin, eggs and applesauce. Beat until well blended. Mix in raisins.
Add chopped nuts and/or crystallized ginger if you desire!
Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake 20- 25 minutes, or until tester inserted into the center, comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.
These bars are so yummy, you really don't need frosting to enhance flavors. But if you insist....beat Organic Valley Neufchatel Cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and Organic Valley Salted Butter in medium bowl to blend. Spread frosting over cake in a thin layer. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Refrigerate until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated.)
Like a Super Star...enjoy with a tall glass of Organic Valley Milk!
Kids in the Kitchen:
This is a great "one bowl" recipe to keep the kids busy!
The mini-chefs (ages 3-5) can help stir the dry ingredients while an older child can practice cracking eggs and measuring spices.
This recipe is adaptable to whatever dried fruits and nuts you may have in the pantry! Try adding 1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger to the mix for a warming tummy tonic treat. Slivered almonds, chopped walnuts and even sunflower seeds can add some crunch to your post-lunch treat!
If frosting is not your cup of tea, try the Super Star Pumpkin Bar with home-made Organic Valley Whipped Cream!