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Pumpkin What?

PUMPKIN WHAT?
(VEGAN)

I’m not exactly sure what to call this, because it’s not exactly like pie filling…it’s too dense to be called cake…and it reminds me of something that might be made with eggs in the non-vegan world. The word ‘soufflé came to mind, but this isn’t light and airy like soufflés are supposed to be. Alternative names could be Pumpkin PieCake…or Pumpkin Bars…or…what?

But– names aside, this is definitely TASTY, and it will make your house smell sooo good. I used macadamia nuts for the nut topping, but you could substitute pecans or walnuts or whatever nut you want to try.

[To get the most bang for my buck, I order 2 shrink-wrapped foil packs of unsalted mac nuts (4 pounds each) at a time, from Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company.]

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C oat flour
1/2 C fine corn flour
2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
3/4 t ground cloves
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t salt

‘WET’ INGREDIENTS

Flax egg: Mix 2 T ground flax + 4 T water in a small dish
1 can organic pumpkin
1/2 C unsweetened organic applesauce
1/2 C fortified soy milk (I used EdenSoy brand)
1/2 C organic sugar
1/3 C maple syrup
1/4 C avocado oil (or other liquid oil)
1/8 C molasses

TOPPING, ETC.

1/2 C ground unsalted macadamia nuts (or walnut, pecan, etc.)
Coconut oil for greasing the pan

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare flax egg and set aside.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl.
  4. Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  5. Grease 7″ x 10″ glass pan with coconut oil.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Pour the mixture into the pan.
  8. Sprinkle the nuts on top, and lightly pat them into the batter.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, then start checking the top. Plan to bake it for another 30 minutes, but cover lightly with foil at any point during the last 30 minutes if the top is browning too much. Check it with a knife: it’s done when the knife comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. ENJOY!

Pumpkin Souffle?

This was my first attempt at making a NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) and GF (Gluten Free) “cookie,” and also my first time using coconut flour.  I’ve got to say– I did pretty good!  The only thing “bad” about these is they are too small!  After they came out of the oven, I ate about 5 very quickly.

The hazelnut flavor really comes through in these moist little snack cakes.  The coconut ingredients add both richness and texture.  The fruits and carrot impart a subtle sweetness.

In this recipe, I used just 2 dates to bump up the sweet just a bit.  That works out to about 0.053 dates per cake, or about a quarter of 1 date per 5 cakes.  Not bad at all!

These hold together quite well, so I predict they’re going to be tucked into my ski jacket pocket this winter.  I can’t wait for the flakes to start flying!

Coco-Hazelnut Snack Cakes (NSNG)

Coco-Hazelnut Snack Cakes (NSNG)

INGREDIENTS

3/4 C hazelnut flour (raw nuts ground in the Vitamix blender)
1/4 C garbanzo bean flour
1/4 C coconut flour
1/4 C ground flax seeds
1/4 C finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t allspice

1/2 C full fat canned coconut milk
1/4 C unsweetened soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 t vanilla extract
2 Medjool dates, pitted

1 C shredded carrot
1 C shredded organic apple (about 1 large)

ASSEMBLY

1.  Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

2.  Blend the wet ingredients (i.e. milks, vanilla and pitted dates).

3.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Stir in the carrot and apple.

4.  Use a cookie scoop (or 2 spoons) to drop batter balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Flatten each ball and smooth the sides.  Note that these retain their form/size during baking.

Coco-Hazelnut Snack Cakes (before baking)

Coco-Hazelnut Snack Cakes (before baking)

5.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes 38 or approximately 3 dozen.  Freeze what you’re not going to eat right away.

Happy Fall…Enjoy!

Sunflower in a pumpkin patch - Hood River, Oregon

Sunflower in a pumpkin patch – Hood River, Oregon

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