Oh Dearies! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend.
One highlight of our holiday was an enchanting batch of organic pumpkin cheese bars. They were so delicious that the whole pan was gone in less than 24 hours. Plus, they are almost too easy to make. Your food processor will do most of the work for you;-)
Here is the recipe:
-Pumpkin Cheese Bars-
1 Cup Organic A.P. Flour
1 Cup Raw Pecans
2 Packets Instant Oatmeal*
1/3 Cup Turbinado Sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 Cup Organic, Unsalted Butter (1 Stick)
*I used two individual sized packets of Publix brand organic instant oatmeal.
Pumpkin Cheese Filling:
1 15 oz Can Organic Pumpkin Puree
2/3 of an 8 oz Pack of Neufchatel cheese**
2 Organic Eggs
3/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp. Turbinado Sugar
2 Tbsp. Agave Syrup
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
3/4 Tsp. Real Vanilla Extract
**If you are unfamiliar with Neufchatel, it is a lot like cream cheese but with about 30% less fat. It is located right next to the cream cheese in your grocer's cooler!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease an 8 by 8 by 2 1/2 inch square Pyrex baking dish.
For the crust, place the flour, sugar & butter in the food processor and pulse for about 7-10 seconds. Then add the pecans and 1 pack of oatmeal. Pulse till the mixture starts to come together and look moist. Add the other pack of oatmeal-just pulse it in for about 4-5 seconds. Push 2/3 of the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish (put the other 1/3 on a plate in the fridge) and place in the oven. Allow to bake for about 11 minutes. Remove and cool for at least 5 minutes before adding the filling. By the way, do not wash the processor. Just move to the next step below...
For the filling, place all of the filling ingredients in the food processor and spin till smooth. Pour into the crust once it has cooled for at least 5 minutes. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. Then pull the dish out and sprinkle with the other 1/3 of the crust. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the top looks shiny and the middle looks about the same as the sides in terms of texture and lift.
Allow to cool for at least 2-3 hours.