Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  184
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  22 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  52 mg
  • Sodium  84 mg
  • Potassium  62 mg
  • Phosphorus  40 mg
  • Calcium  28 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

DaVita dietitian Maryann from Virginia ensures you won’t call the dialysis diet boring by providing two unique and exciting recipes. Mr. P’s Curried Turkey with Rice smells as good as it tastes and Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are a sweet treat. Both recipes are designed for the dialysis diet so renal patients can enjoy unique delicious foods and feel good.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Maryann from Virginia.

Portions: 16     Serving size: one bar, 2-inch square


  • 5 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Set out butter and cream cheese to soften.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter to make crumb mixture.
  4. Set aside 3/4-cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture into bottom of a 8" x 8" x 1-1/2" baking pan.
  5. Bake in for 15 minutes and remove from oven. Cool slightly.
  6. Lightly beat eggs. Combine cream cheese, sugar (or substitute Splenda®), pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Blend until smooth.
  7. Pour mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved topping. 
  8. Bake an additional 30-35 minutes.
  9. Cool before cutting into bars. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 high calorie
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Be sure to pack brown sugar when measuring 1/3 cup.
  • Substitute Splenda® granular sweetener for 3/4 cup sugar to reduce carbohydrate to 14 grams per serving. 
  • Pumpkin is high in potassium but the small amount per serving keeps this recipe kidney-friendly.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

celestey says:


This is an easy recipe to follow and is super delicious! Taste just like pumpkin pie my husband loves it:)

Nov. 20, 2013, 12:40 PM - Inappropriate review?

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

jillf2466 says:


These bars sound simply yummy can't wait to try

Oct. 27, 2013, 5:16 PM - Inappropriate review?

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

rjmcpa79 says:


How does this make 32 servings? Seems like 2x2 bars will make 16. Is the nutrition info accurate? Giving 5stars as bars sound really good. Dietitian comment: Good catch[INVALID]the recipe makes 16 bars when cut into 2-inch pieces, and nutrients now reflect that portion. Of course you can always go with 1-inch squares if serving to a larger crowd.

Oct. 26, 2013, 8:19 AM - Inappropriate review?

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