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Substitutions in pumpkin bars recipe (banana, apple, sweet potato---oh my)

ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2009 03:55 AM

I recently made a couple batches of pumpkin bars (using this recipe: http://culinspiration.wordpress.com/2... ), and it got me thinking about possible substitutions to make other kinds of bars using the same recipe as a template.

I was wondering whether substituting 8 oz. of the following might work?

-mashed banana
-apple sauce/puree (possibly cooked down if more watery than pumpkin puree
)-cooked zucchini puree
-sweet potato puree (water added if too thick)
-any other ideas?

I like the idea of having a go-to recipe that can be tweaked with the flavors of whatever is in season or available. Any thoughts, suggestions, or warnings?

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  1. bushwickgirl RE: ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2009 04:07 AM

    I would definitely try banana, a thick apple puree or sweet potato. Not sure about the zucchini puree, however, maybe grated and well-squeezed zucchini would be better.
    Other winter squashes would work, such as butternut, kabocha, acorn.
    What spices did you use for the original? Sweet spices would work for all the above suggestions, although I'd go with just cinnamon for the zucchini, or maybe not.
    Happy baking, Christina!

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    1. re: bushwickgirl
      ChristinaMason RE: bushwickgirl Dec 14, 2009 08:11 AM

      :) good tips, thanks as always.

    2. Cherylptw RE: ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2009 08:35 AM

      Those look amazing; no wonder you keep eating them :) I'm making bars for my son's goodie gift basket and am thinking of using dried fruit & nuts; so far it's going to be dried cherries, cranberries, figs, dates, currants and dried apple chips with walnuts and pecans. That recipe would work well if I sub my ingredients and add grated orange peel, leaving out the pumpkin and pie spice.

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        ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Dec 14, 2009 08:49 AM

        LOL, I brought a pan to a party and it took a lot of restraint not to eat a single one. I did permit myself a few brownies instead. My friend made this recipe with Ritter Sport Dark, and we all agreed, they were the BEST ever! http://www.joyofbaking.com/brownies.html

        They're next on my list of temptations :)

        Let me know how your bars turn out, ok? :)

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          Cherylptw RE: ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2009 06:44 PM

          Oh God, why'd you have to post the link!? I HAVE TO MAKE THOSE! Forgive me..you see, I'm cursed with this chocoholic condition....(lol)

          1. re: Cherylptw
            ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Dec 15, 2009 12:32 AM

            Dam*ed if you do, dam*ed if you don't. ;)

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              Cherylptw RE: ChristinaMason Dec 15, 2009 07:22 AM


      2. ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Dec 19, 2009 03:57 AM

        Just reporting back----substitution with banana worked wonderfully! I'm having a hard time picking a favorite now. I posted the bars on my blog, which I will not link to, for the sake of not being obnoxious ALL the time ;)

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        1. re: ChristinaMason
          bushwickgirl RE: ChristinaMason Dec 19, 2009 12:37 PM

          You're hardly obnoxious. I'm glad you liked it. I have a glut of bananas right now, when it rains...just made more banana bread, very similar recipe to yours, but I had no yogurt. Smells good in here!

          1. re: bushwickgirl
            ChristinaMason RE: bushwickgirl Dec 19, 2009 01:13 PM

            Sounds good...esp. with all the nasty weather you've been experiencing! Make a cup of tea and you're set!

        2. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: ChristinaMason Dec 19, 2009 03:42 PM

          Persimmon that has been cooked down and pureed.

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            felyse03 RE: ChristinaMason Dec 19, 2009 07:58 PM

            not sure about bars, but it works in cakes and muffins:

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              ChristinaMason RE: felyse03 Dec 20, 2009 03:47 AM

              squash sounds good, too! thanks!

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