Raw Pumpkin Bars with a Sprouted Cookie Crust
Yesterday evening the babies were calm, I had a container of organic pumpkin to use, and some raw sprouted carrot cake cookies I had nabbed earlier in the day on our outing to Whole Foods. (It's crazy how babies in tow make even a quick trip to the grocery store a "huge outing." Goodbye, quick in-and-out grocery store runs!)
I decided to create an impromptu pumpkin dessert based off a few old recipes of mine, and I made both a raw version and baked version since I was sure it would not taste great both ways. Wrong! This morning after an online barre3 workout in between attending to the girls, I decided to taste-test both bars to see how my invention fared. I was very impressed with myself! It turns out great either raw or baked though I prefer the baked pumpkin-pie texture a little more. But paired with a great workout and a new shirt in the mail (goodbye, shopping in stores), these bars made my breakfast (and morning) much more fun. Also, it's easier to deal with fussy babies when you're happy (#happymomhappybaby, for reals) so it's worth it to quickly make this one evening and get ready for a great morning ahead!
Raw Pumpkin Bars with a Sprouted Carrot Cookie Crust
yields 2 mini loaf pans, or about 12 small slices
1/2 cup Go Raw carrot cake cookies
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup dates
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon water
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2-1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey
1-1/2 tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1. Food-process raw sprouted cookies and other cookie base ingredients together, adding as much water as needed to stick together.
2. Press mixture into paper-lined mini loaf pans or tin of choice. For the raw bar option, chill the pan(s) in the fridge while you prepare the pumpkin layer. If you would like a baked/more pumpkin pie version, bake the base for 6 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 F.
3. For the filling, mix the ingredients in a medium bowl. You may need to adjust the amount of the coconut flour based on how thick or runny the pumpkin is. (I used a store-bought organic pumpkin puree that was pretty runny).
4. Spread the pumpkin layer on top of the cookie base and chill overnight for the raw version, or bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pumpkin layer is set. Serve topped with extra coconut and crushed up sprouted cookies.
I love the Go Raw sprouted Carrot Cake cookies and Ginger cookies but any favorite crushed up raw granola bar will work well in the base.
I prefer the baked pumpkin texture, but the taste is great with either the raw or baked bars.