Joe's recipe was my inspiration, but he made his with pumpkin. Great idea! I had squash. Thought I'd try it. It was bonzo. Gone in minutes, and I think I got more compliments from this than I usually get from my scones. Or at least an equal number. So let that be an indication to you!
So, here's my slightly-modified recipe for Joe's wonderful bars. Other than the squash substitution, the only other thing I changed was to add more chocolate chips. For breakfast the mini ones were fine; for a dessert I think I'd go for the bigger ones.
Go check Joe's blog, folks. He keeps insisting he's a beginner, but we know better. He makes some great stuff, and his pictures are getting really nice!
Chocolate Chip Butternut Squash Spice Bars withMakes about 42 bars
Cream Cheese Frosting
1¾ c cooked, pureed butternut squash (I actually used the puree I had in the fridge, which had a little butter and salt in it ... no problem!)
1 c flavorless vegetable oil, such as canola
4 large eggs
1½ c granulated sugar
½ c light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 c all purpose flour
1 c whole-wheat pastry flour (I'm sure you could just use more white flour here)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 c mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, and sugars until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and cloves.
- Toss in mini chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet and stir until moistened.
- Scoop batter into a 10 x 15" baking pan coated with nonstick spray.
- Bake until the center springs back when lightly pressed in the center - about 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 T butter, softened
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 c powdered sugar, sifted
¼ c chopped walnuts, toasted - optional
shaved chocolate, or more mini chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla.
- Slowly add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and mix until smooth.
- Frost bars and sprinkle half with walnuts and grate some chocolate over the other half if desired.