There is a chill in the air…the leaves are turning vibrant colors…you’re digging out your jeans and sweatshirts…and the kitchen smells of the delicious aroma of pumpkin. Okay, so at least one of those is happening in Florida 🙂 Just the thought of Fall sets me in the mode of wanting to try everything pumpkin. Growing up in Upstate New York, pumpkin pie was always my favorite pie and I only had it once a year at Thanksgiving. Now that I’m all grown up and do my own cooking, I create lots of yummy pumpkin recipes including: pancakes, pies, bread, scones, cookies, soup, stir fry, smoothies, just about anything with pumpkin!
These pumpkin pie bars are so easy to make and don’t have any processed flour, processed sugar, eggs, dairy, artificial anything, and they taste so amazing. So amazing in fact that my husband and I ate an entire 11 x 7 pan of them! (Don’t worry, it wasn’t all in one day)
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
1 cup dates (soak in warm water for 10 min. and drain)
dash of cinnamon
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 can (15-16 ounces) organic pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups soaked (overnight or at least 6-8 hours) raw cashews
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
Make sure that you soak your cashews overnight before making this recipe.
Place all of the crust ingredients into a food processor and process until the nuts are well chopped and it starts sticking together. Press into the bottom of a pan and then place in the freezer while you make the pie filling. I used an 11 x 7 rectangular pan.
Place all of the filling ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times and keep processing until you get the desired consistency.
Spread the filling over the crust, sprinkle the pecans on top, and then place the pie back in the freezer for about an hour to set. Keep the leftovers in the refrigerator.
Mmmmm…don’t you just love Fall flavors!
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂