Fall Football Favorite – Yam Chocolate Spice Bars

By on October 10, 2014
Yam chocolate spice bars

By Holly Clegg –

One bite of this incredible fall favorite made with a spice cake mix, yam filling and chocolate chips and you will be hooked! Yam Chocolate Spice Bars are a taste sensation – in fact, everyone requests this recipe after having a bite. It’s also a great way to use up leftover cooked, antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes. With football season upon us, every weekend is an opportunity to entertain and party as folks gather to celebrate around food, fun, and football.

And whether you are tailgating at the game or in front of the television in the comfort of your own home – everyone wants a sweet treat, and the Yam Chocolate Spice Bars are top on my list! Since bar cookies freeze well, feel free to make up several batches in case you have a craving or lots of guests – they are my go-to sweet treat in the Fall!

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You will want to keep this yummy fall treat in the freezer to pull out to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Makes 48 squares


1 (18.25-ounce) box spice cake mix

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese

1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed

1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven 350° F. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In mixing bowl, beat together cake mix, butter, and egg until well mixed. Spread batter into prepared pan.

3. In mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sweet potatoes, confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour mixture over batter in pan.

4. Bake 40-50 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool to room temperature and cut into squares.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 134 kcal, Calories from Fat 31%, Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 12 mg, Sodium 116 mg, Carbohydrates 22 g, Dietary Fiber 0 g, Total Sugars 16 g, Protein 2 g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Terrific Tip: Line your pan with foil to easily remove to take to a friend.  Most bar cookies freeze well, so feel free to make ahead and pull out when you have a craving.

Nutrition Nugget: You know yams are an excellent source of antioxidant-rich carotenoids because of their deep orange color – great for reducing inflammation.



About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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Fall Football Favorite – Yam Chocolate Spice Bars