October 19, 2011

Chewy Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

 I started off with the recipe here for Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bars, made a few tiny changes and changed the name because the texture is way more like cake than a cookie or bar.  This was a healthy bite of sweetness to cure that craving and made a good afternoon snack or served with a little ice cream after dinner.  The pumpkin just makes me so happy this time of year!

Chewy Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
2 c Whole Wheat (organic) Flour
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (which is just cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice)
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Sea Salt (which I actually forgot to add)
1 c Organic Sugar
1/4 c Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 c Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Canola Oil (all I had was olive oil)
2 large Egg Whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 c Pumpkin (canned, pure pumpkin not pie filling)
1/2 c Dark Chocolate (or semi-sweet) Chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 13x9 baking dish. Mix together flour, spice, soda and salt, set aside.  Mix together sugar, applesauce, yogurt, oil, egg whites, and vanilla.  Add pumpkin.  Mix until combined.  Add chocolate!
Pour into greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes (toothpick in center comes out clean).  Cool and enjoy!!
Option: sprinkle with stevia while still cooling for a little added sweetness.

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