Halloween, Thanksgiving and pumpkin season call for a seasonal recipe that fills the house with smells of warming spices.
Replace the traditional Pumpkin pie with this easy to bake, healthier version…..
Ingredients for the base:
200g ground almonds (can also be a mix of almonds ,walnuts or pecans-or all three – yum)
Good pinch of sea salt
2 table spoons of melted coconut oil
2 table spoons of maple syrup
Ingredients for the pumpkin filling:
1/2 large roasted butternut squash (feel free to use any pumpkin or ready-made pumpkin puree but make sure it’s only pumpkin on the list of ingredients as they often come mixed with unwanted additions)
3 heaped table spoons of the thick part of coconut milk that separated in the tin. You can also use coconut cream (e.g. Aroy-D)
Maple syrup to your liking. It will depend on the sweetness of the pumpkin (I added around 4 table spoons)
Spices: I used 1 heaped tea spoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tea spoon of ginger, 1/3 tea spoon of nutmeg and 1/3 tea spoon of cardamom. Ready-made gingerbread or pumpkin pie mix will be just as good, or even just cinnamon
2 tea spoons of vanilla extract
*How to roast butternut squash: deseed, cut into crescents and roast for 30 minutes in 180 degrees. It can be peeled afterwards but there is no need to peel it at all.
Place all base ingredients in a bowl and mix together
Grease a tart dish with a little coconut oil. Press the crust mix tightly into the dish and up the sides. Bake at 160’C for about 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Don’t worry if it puffs up a little as it will fall once away from heat
Mix all pumpkin filling ingredients in a food processor/blender or with a hand blender until smooth
Pour the filling into the base
Bake at 160 degrees for 40 minutes or until the filling has set
Enjoy and Happy Halloween! x
Written by Maya Flynn
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Maya Flynn, founder of www.welcometoglow.com is a functional nutritional therapist, certified GAPS practitioner (Gut and Paychology / Physiology Syndrome) and natural health consultant. Consultations online and in Club De Mar Medical Centre.