Pumpkin Pie Bars

A slight variation to a typical pumpkin pie, and just as delicious.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Bar Crust

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240 g) whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (55 g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (110 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons (80 g) light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons (75 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 13-inch x 9-inch (33 cm x 23 cm) baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. Place yogurt, butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  4. Select Variable 1.
  5. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  6. Blend for 30 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  7. Add the mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients, adding 1 tablespoon of milk if needed. Press into the pan (dough will be soft) and halfway up the sides. Prick the crust with a fork and chill for 1 hour. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the crust cool before filling.

Pumpkin Pie Filling

Ingredients

  • 12 fluidounces (355 ml) evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 15 ounces (425 g) pumpkin
  • ¼ cup (55 g) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, or sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F (200°C). To make the filling, place milk, large eggs, pumpkin purée, brown sugar, honey, ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and salt into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Start the machine, and slowly increase to its highest speed.
  4. Blend for 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake 25 minutes longer, until the filling is fully set.
  7. Transfer the pan to a rack and let it cool completely before cutting.