Monday, November 28, 2016

Mini Pumpkin Pies with a Date Nut Crust

There is nothing better than that combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and pumpkin this time of year.  OR anytime of year really.  These little pumpkin pies are so good you may question how good they are for you. 
The crust is a unique combination of dates, nuts, cocoa and coconut. NO ADDED SWEETENER OR FLOUR.  The crust is the perfect compliment to the custard-like pumpkin that lies on top. The entire thing is so easy to make and is the perfect ending to any meal. 

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1/2 cup pitted medjool dates ( about 12)
1 cup pumpkin puree 
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger & cloves
pinch of sea salt
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 organic eggs
1/4 cup grade maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup coconut milk (full fat)                                                           
Directions: Line 16 muffin tins with paper liners and grease with coconut oil or butter.  In a food processor, blend together the cocoa powder, nuts, dried coconut and dates to make the crust.  Drop a  tablespoon of the crust into the paper muffin liners and press down to the bottom.  In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the pumpkin pie filling with a blender until smooth.  Pour pie filling into paper cups about 2/3rds full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until              filling is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Serve  with a  drizzle of melted chocolate and/or  a dollop of fresh whipped cream. 

Simple, healthy ingredients for the crust.

Add to a food processor or blender

Shredded coconut, walnuts, dates and cocoa powder

Crust blended and ready.

Press into greased paper muffin liners.

Blend pumpkin, spices, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup and coconut milk.

Poor filling into muffin liners until 3/4 full.

Ready to Bake!

A delicious bite that you don't have to feel guilty for.

I have also made these in mini muffin tins as well, which I feel are perfect for big gatherings where there are multiple desserts.  This gives everyone a chance to try a "bite" without overindulging.  The mini muffin size is also just the right portion for little kids.

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