Wow, do I ever love fall!! Living in South Carolina for the past 6 years, and now being in upstate NY, I can REALLY embrace the beautiful rolling hills bursting with vibrant fall colors! It truly just takes my breath away. I also LOVE pumpkin desserts! They are such an important part of fall really feeling like ‘fall’. This month marks 1 year that my family has been eating grain-free (GAPS diet), and I thought it was time for a new pumpkin dessert. Here is what my little dessert-obsessed mind came up with, and my family is very pleased with the result. It is a refined sugar-free, dairy free and grain free delicious dessert. This is GAPS-friendly, paleo/primal/vegan and just good old whole food-diet friendly! The maple syrup and spices really pair well with the pumpkin, and the added chocolate swirl tops it off to be one of this seasons favorite pumpkin desserts!
1 C. nuts, combo of 1/3 C almonds and 2/3 C pecans (or all of either)
1/2 C. raisins
1/2 C. shredded coconut
pinch of real salt
1 C. raw cashews– soaked for 3 hours and drained
1/3 C. pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
1/2 C. coconut oil
1/3 C. coconut butter (OR 1/2 C. extra of cashews)
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. real vanilla extract
1/3 C. maple syrup + 2 T
2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1/4 t. ginger, 1/4 t. real salt
2 T. coconut oil
2 T. raw cacoa
1 T. maple syrup
pinch of real salt
- In your food processor, combine crust ingredients until fine and crumbly. Press into greased square pan to make about 1/4 inch thickness. Freeze to harden.
- Next, put all of the filling ingredients into food processor to make a very smooth creamy filling (let process for 5 minutes). Pour onto crust and spread out evenly.
- Mix topping ingredients together to form chocolate shell, melting together if coconut oil is solid. Gently pour liquid chocolate drizzle around bars in an uneven manner. Take a toothpick to spread chocolate around making swirly patterns as possible.
- Put in freezer for a couple of hours to harden throughout. Cut into bars and serve frozen.
*Honey can replace the maple syrup.