Sunday, October 24, 2010

Easy Pumpkin.....

This entire week has been all about the pumpkin. We carved pumpkins, colored them, baked with them, and then spent the day up North at the Pumpkin Festival. After I write this we will then hang Christmas lights and Ill officially be known as the neighbor that everyone says, "Why did she do that, it's not even Thanksgiving yet". You know you have those neighbors that put them up super early, (or the ones that just leave them up all year long), I'm about to be one of those early birds...but we aren't skipping Halloween or Thanksgiving, we are just kind of going head first into the holidays, all of them at once. It's Kainoa's fault, he's begging for Christmas lights since he saw one of the shops in town put theirs up this week. The tree & stockings however will not happen till after Thanksgiving!!!

What's so easy about a pumpkin? This Pumpkin Pie Bar recipe I'm about to pass on from my cookbook to yours is easy. Real easy. Easy to make, easy to clean, easy ingredients, (as you most likely have most of them on hand).
Shopping list (or check your cupboard list):
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin (no other ingredients, just pumpkin in there)
  • 2 bananas
  • cinamon
  • 10oz of dates (no pits)
  • 1 cup mac nuts (pecans or walnuts taste good in there too)
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1 cup oats (Coaches Oats work best, whatever you have is ok)
  • coconut shreds or carob/chocolate chips optional

To do:

  • In a food processor combine the mac nuts, a few shakes of cinnamon, and the dates. Process about 2 minutes, until it gets really soft and forms sort of a dough ball. That is the crust. Simple. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray, evenly flatten the crust mixture onto the pie pan. (above photo, in the black pie pan is my crust laid out).
  • In a bowl combine 2 bananas mashed, the pumpkin, 2 shakes of cinamon, agave syrup, and the oats. Mix well then spread evenly over the crust.
  • Bake on 350* for 20-25 minutes. (check it as your oven might be faster or slower than mine). Let cool then enjoy with a scoop of yogurt on top, if you are Kainoa, (he puts yogurt on everything).
  • The optional ingredients: We sometimes add 1/2 cup of coconut shreds to our crust to make the mac nut and coconut Hawaiian crust flavor. The carob (or chocolate chips), 1/2 cup or so give the pumpkin pie a different twist for the holidays...

That's it. Simple. And in case you are one of those that don't let yourself indulge in holiday treats or feasts this one is pretty safe, (without the coconut shreds or carob/chocolate chips), each slice of this is roughly 180-200 calories. The traditional pumpkin pie is roughly 350-700 calories a slice. Its also vegan friendly for those that come to your holiday parties and annoy you because they wont eat the turkey, ham, or any pie with milk or dairy in it...tell them to eat this.

Off to hang up those Christmas lights...


Tawnee Prazak said...

Holy moly, i will be making that pumpkin recipe immediately! YUM!! Thanks for sharing. I'm a pumpkin fiend, just made homemade pumpkin fro yo this weekend.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Agreed! I am going to try this pronto. Sounds divine!

rachel said...

you always have the best recipes!! thanks for passing them along :)

tri-ing races not cases said...

Thanks for sharing! This looks awesome and I can't wait to try them.

Ordinarylife said...

you get pumpkin in a can??? Wow. Never heard of it before.

Lucy Francis said...

Bree have you thought of publishing a recipe book? I've copied your recipe and as i have pureed pumpkin in a jar and the other ingredients in my cupboard, i'll be making it this weekend, just in time for halloween...not that we really celebrate it here.
and i can't imagine a hot tropicsl christmas either. Has Kainoa experienced a cold snowy xmas yet?

CoachLiz said...

I am passing this one one to my vegan friend!

Jill Costantino said...

that recipe looks like it tastes fantastic!
Happy Monday Chica!

Aimee said...

Yum! That looks and sounds delicious!

Coach's Oats said...

Just came accross this recipe! It's great, thanks so much for using our oats! Can't wait to try this :)

Dawn said...

Delicious recipe! I will be trying it out. Love, love using agave syrup! ;) Thanks for sharing... Happy Fall!

Lucy Francis said...

just made this today and it's YUMMY! Came out looking exactly like the picture too:-) the combination of banana, pumpkin and cinnamon is really tasty.
I added the coconut shreds to the crust too. My husband who's very fussy, has had 2 slices already! I'll be making this for my running club next time we're at the XC champs. It be forever known at my house as "Bree's pie"

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