Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cloudy with a Chance of..Lara Bars and Pie

I knew it! Mother Nature wouldn’t be too nice for long—it’s cloudy, rainy, and gloom. But instead of letting it ruin my mood, I  just use it as an excuse to go stroll the mall and, oh yeah..write a persuasive essay.

And another reason I cannot be blue—I received my prize package from winning Shannon’s recipe contest for a great cause! I entered my Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cinnamon Cream Filling—told you it was a winner! ;-)

Shannon you are such a sweetheart!! See sent me the cutest card and A LOT of goodies!


She knew my kitchen is cupcake themed, so this goes fabulous on my fridge!


But it doesn’t end there. She sent 2 Blueberry Vanilla and 2 Choco PB Honest food bars, coupon for a free Promax bar, and 2 Newman’s Own dog food coupons, since the contest was paired with the Humane Society. My dog will be one happy camper!


And I know you will all be green with envy, but check out all these mini Lara bars!!


And no I am not eating all of them just like they are, I have a little recipe idea stay tuned for that!

Now obviously I’ve been flooded with a rainstorm of Lara bars, but that’s not the only treat that’s fallen into my hands. I came up with a brand new pie recipe that was quite the rival to the Lara’s! For some reason I have been craving slices of pie..maybe I just don’t have the patience to wait for Thanksgiving?? So, here’s a knew one that quieted the pie pestering for awhile, but I am already in the kitchen planning a new one for the week =)

Whipped Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Pie



  • 2 c Fiber One Cereal
  • 1/4 c whipped butter spread
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Splenda, or other granulated sweetener
  • 1 c canned pumpkin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 c FF evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 packet cheesecake mousse filling & needed prep ingredients, see below
  • 4 Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s kisses, or if you can’t find them anymore, you can omit.

Here’s the cheesecake mousse I used. It’s SF and used 1 cup of Almond Breeze milk to prepare.




  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Pulse Fiber One, butter, vanilla, and Splenda in food processor till fine crumbs are formed. Press into the bottom of a sprayed pie pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile beat pumpkin, egg whites, vanilla, cinnamon, and evaporated milk with a hand mixer until thoroughly blended. Pour on top of crust and bake for 20 min, or until the pumpkin filling is shiny and set.
  • Let cool for about 25 minutes, meanwhile following cheesecake mousse instructions. With mousse, plan on beating it with a hand mixer for at least 5 minutes to get it fluffier.
  • Pour cheesecake layer over pumpkin.
  • Take your Hershey Kisses and curl them with a vegetable peeler to get fine curls and sprinkle evenly across the top.


--This was great! I loved the chewy pumpkin filling contrast with the fluffy cheesecake top. Definitely a pie that is on the lighter side, yet still full of flavor that makes for a satisfying fall dessert!--

*If I haven’t over-sweetened you with this post, head on over to this sweet giveaway!*


VeggieGirl said...

Cute dog; fabulous package/win; stellar cheesecake pie :)

Anonymous said...

You lucky gal winning that parcel. I'm a big fan of cheese cake, although it's a while since I've eaten one.


Jenny said...

wowza -- you are set on the lara front for years =)

cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts EVER! m'mm m'mm m'mmmm

Erica said...

First off- ahhhhhhhhhhhhh love your puppers!!! Bullies are just the best. What a fabulous prize. I can't wait to see what you make with the laras. This dessert recipe looks out of control good. What are you making for Thanksgiving dessert? You have so many great recipes to choose from

Stacey said...

Your dog is so cute!!!
I'm so jealous of all those Larabars!

Kim said...

Your dog is a cutie, a real cutie ;D Looks at all those fabulous winnings! What a fun package to receive in the mail. Your pie is creative and looks delicious. I never did find any of those hershey pumpkin spice kisses. I bet they are really tasty.

Sophia said...

Wow. That's a whole load of larabars! Save the wrappers and make something with it! >.<

Sook said...

The pumpkin dessert looks wonderful! I love everything pumpkin.

Krista said...

Oh, that pie sounds SO good!!! I looked for those pumpkin pie kisses on Friday but couldn't find them.. I got some other tasty ones, though!

And yes, I am so very jealous of all those Lara bars!!! Enjoy them...

Michelle said...

Ahhh I won one of those boxes too and I'm TOTALLY...freaking out about how many larabars there are. hahah HOW in the world am i going to eat them all?? Please do share your recipe when you're done Cas! I'd love to creatively "cook" them into something new too!!

That's a fabulous pie recipe. I love the ignredeints in it...i wish i could see that the filling looks like though!! I'm sure it's drool inducing! :)

lesley living life said...

Ooooooh, awesome goodie bag!! :)

lesley living life said...

Ha, I meant "box", not "bag"!

Kerstin said...

Your cheesecake pie looks awesome! I can't wait to see what you do with the Lara bars :)

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

So happy you got your laras girly!!!! :) Glad you like the cupcake card!

Have a wonderful day-- that cheesecake looks AMAZING. <3

Anonymous said...

what a great load of goodies!