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Pumpkin Dessert Squares

October's Pumpkin Pleasure: Irresistible Pumpkin Dessert Squares Recipe

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I enjoy spending time in the kitchen during October, crafting delicious desserts and hearty meals that showcase the season's produce, like various squashes, dark greens, legumes, and aromatic spices. Amongst these, pumpkin is an all-time favorite of mine. Whether it's pumpkin soups, breads, entrees, or treats, I love experimenting with this versatile ingredient. Since October is also National Dessert Month, I thought it'd be perfect to combine my love for pumpkin with a delightful dessert recipe – Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares. This recipe is not only easy but is also considered a raw vegan dessert. Here's how to make it:

Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares Recipe:

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 1 cup almonds

  • ½ cup pecans

  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

  • ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

  • 8 to 10 Medjool dates (approximately 1 cup)

Preparation for the Crust:

  1. Line a baking pan with wax paper.

  2. In a food processor, combine the first four ingredients and blend them into a powder-like consistency.

  3. Add the Medjool dates and process until the mixture becomes sticky and crumbly.

  4. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of the lined baking dish and set it aside.

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 1 cup soaked cashews

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 tablespoon organic non-alcoholic vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

  • ¼ cup organic grade B maple syrup

  • 1 cup water

  • A few drops of clear SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia

  • ¼ cup coconut oil

Preparation for the Filling:

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine all the filling ingredients except for the coconut oil.

  2. Blend until the mixture becomes super smooth, thick, and creamy.

  3. Slowly add the coconut oil while continuing to blend until everything is well combined.

Pour the creamy filling evenly over the prepared crust and cover the pan with plastic wrap. Place it in the freezer for several hours until it becomes firm. Once it's ready, cut it into 2" X 2" squares and garnish each square with pecan pieces. Allow the dessert to set at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. You can store the Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares in the refrigerator for up to one week, making it a convenient make-ahead treat.

Nutrition Facts (per square):
  • Calories: Approximately 220

  • Protein: 4g

  • Carbohydrates: 18g

    • Dietary Fiber: 3g

    • Sugars: 11g

  • Fat: 16g

    • Saturated Fat: 5g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 90mg

  • Potassium: 238mg

Serving Suggestions:

These Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares are a delightful treat on their own, but you can enhance the experience by adding a dollop of vegan whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. They also pair wonderfully with a warm cup of herbal tea or a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream.

Healthy Benefits of the Ingredients:
  • Pumpkin: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, pumpkin is great for eye health and provides immune-boosting nutrients.

  • Cashews: High in healthy fats, protein, and minerals, cashews promote heart health and support bone strength.

  • Pecans: Packed with antioxidants and fiber, pecans contribute to improved digestion and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

  • Medjool Dates: A natural sweetener, dates offer vitamins and minerals while adding natural sweetness to the dessert.

  • Coconut Oil: Contains healthy fats and can aid in weight management and promote skin health.

I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares as much as I do – they're a perfect autumn treat that combines the flavors of the season with a healthy twist.

Don't forget to explore my blog for more mouthwatering dessert recipes as we continue to celebrate National October Desserts and other delicious food celebrations throughout this vibrant autumn season. From yummy pies to cozy cookies, I've got a sweet treat for every occasion. Stay tuned for a flavorful, mostly plant-based culinary journey!

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Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is an estimate and may vary depending on specific ingredients used. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional or nutritionist for precise dietary advice and adjustments. Additionally, please be aware that any food allergies or dietary restrictions should be taken into consideration when preparing and consuming recipes.

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