A Sweet Treat for Halloween

Pumpkins are so delicious. Yet we often only associate them with Halloween and making them into candle holders with scary faces! This time, keep the flesh and make it into a delicious treat. If you have a sweet tooth but are trying to stay away from refined sugar, then this is the ideal dessert to satisfy your sweet cravings. A seasonal dish for Autumn or Winter, it is also a warming desert with the earthiness of the pumpkin and the grounding of the almonds and walnuts. A pumpkin has so much to offer to our health. It contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, E, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, and iron, and it tastes great! Try this delicious recipe at home for an Autumnal dessert.

Ingredients

Pastry

– 5 cups almond meal
– 60g honey
– 60ml macadamia nut oil, light olive oil or cold pressed coconut oil
– 2 free range / organic eggs

The filling

– 1 pumpkin
– 2tbsp Agave syrup
– Raisins to taste
– 2 tbsp butter
– 4 tsp cinnamon
– 2 tsp nutmeg
– 3oz ground almonds

Method

Firstly make the pastry. Combine the almond meal, honey, oil and eggs. Mix well to form a soft dough. Line a 25 cm pie dish with the pastry and set aside to prepare the filling.

Peel and chop the pumpkin, put in a pan with a little water to just cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Once the pumpkin is soft drain the liquid away. Now add the butter, syrup, raisins, almonds and spices and mix together with a wooden spoon. Place this mixture in the pastry case, sprinkle flaked almonds on the top and bake till golden brown (20 mins). Serve with a little Greek yoghurt.

Pumpkin Pie Slice

Why this recipe is good for you

Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants vitamin A , omega 3 plus iron and fibre. Food high in omega 3 fats is the ultimate “brain food”. Your brain is more than 60% structural fat. For your brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats which can be found in walnuts. Honey is an excellent source of energy and high in antioxidants and immune boosting compounds. Almonds are the best whole food source of vitamin E, in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which may help prevent cancer. If you’re pregnant, or thinking about it, almonds are a great source of the folic acid you need. Almonds contain more magnesium than oatmeal or even spinach and are great for the immune system.

Delicious! If you liked this sweet treat, why not try our Chocolate and Passion Fruit Cupcakes recipe?