Pumpkin not a Cheesecake Tart
This lovely pumpkin dessert is great any time, but especially fun with Halloween approaching! When my kids were younger, we always used to attempt to fill them with nutritious food before heading off to trick or treat. Our hope was with full sated bellies, less candy would be consumed. We also did encourage (and bribe) in other ways- these strategies did yield moderate success. This Pumpkin “cheesecake” Tart is here to help! It’s delicious, loaded with protein and healthy fat, is refined sugar free and may easily be adjusted to vegan. I topped it with some all natural chocolate because it does need to read fun! Happy Halloween! If you want to get a head start, soak 1 cup of raw cashews in water now, and you’ll be ready to whip it up in a few hours! You’ll simply need a high speed blender to prep. This powerhouse may also be enjoyed for breakfast!
GF, vegan optional
For the filling:
1 cup soaked raw cashews
1-2 scoops Vanilla plant based protein powder (optional)
½ cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
½ cup coconut cream (from 1 can refrigerated coconut milk)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup greek yogurt or skÿr (nonfat)(optional)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp sea salt
For the crust:
1 cup gf rolled oats
1 cup almond flour
½ cup olive oil or butter
½ cup turbinado (raw) sugar
¼ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350F and grease springform pan(s) and line base with parchment rounds
1-Combine all crust ingredients in a large bowl until fully incorporated.
2-Press firmly into base of pan(s).
3-Bake for 10-15 minutes and allow to cool.
4-Add all ingredients into carafe of high speed blender (Ninja, vitamix…) and puree until smooth and creamy.
5-Once crust has cooled, add creamy pumpkin mixture and spread evenly.
6-Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
7-Top with your favorite creamy topping (optional, add favorite pumpkin shaped candy).
8-Serve and enjoy!
Grown up topping option:
bring maple syrup to a boil and spread on silplat or greased parchment sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. When cool (you may refrigerate), break into pieces and enjoy your maple brittle!