Monday, November 5, 2012

Easy Pumpkin Spice No-Bakes

Carl has been up in Indiana visiting, so we've been doing all the normal fall activities - pumpkin patch, apple orchard, haunted houses, etc.  As he was cooking the other day (a delish jalapeno chip crusted chicken dish) I decided to make a quick dessert.

Easy Pumpkin Spice No-Bakes
(adapted from this recipe)

3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup skim milk
2 cups Splenda sugar blend
1 (3.4 oz.) box of Jello pumpkin spice instant pudding mix
3 1/2 cup oats - quick cooking or old fashioned
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter, milk, and sugar together over medium heat.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes.  Turn off heat, add pudding mix, and stir until everything is well blended.  Add oats and vanilla and stir again until the oats are well coated.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Drop tablespoon sized balls onto wax paper.  Let cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

These definitely hit the spot!  Of course, by the ingredients you can see they pack in a sugary sweet taste.  But they're smaller, so it's the right amount.  Enjoy!

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