Turtle Pumpkin Squares

By Chef: Diana Stobo
Posted: December 23, 2010

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This is a wonderful winter vegan treat utilizing pumpkin. Create this melt in your mouth pumpkin dessert today!

Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup Raw Cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • pinch of sea salt

Pumpkin filling

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin, diced small
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup medjool dates, pitted and packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon tumeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Lecithin powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted in hot bath

Turtle topping (caramel and nuts)

  • 2 tablespoons lucuma powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons raw pecan pieces

Instructions

Graham Cracker Crust
Place the walnuts, coconut and raw sugar in processor fitted with an s-blade and process until finely ground. Add raisins, dates and salt and process until it begins to stick together. Do not over-process. Transfer crust mixture into a 9X12 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly and press down with hands to compact.

Pumpkin filling
Place pumpkin, cashews, coconut milk and agave nectar in high speed blender and blend until creamy. Add dates and spices and continue blending until incorporated and smooth. Add lecithin and coconut oil until completely incorporated and pour evenly over graham cracker crust. Using a spatula, spread evenly. Cover lightly and place in refrigerator on a flat surface for at least 2 hours.

Turtle topping (caramel and nuts)
In a small bowl, mix lucuma powder and maple syrup together with a spoon until a creamy caramel is made. Drizzle over firmed pumpkin squares and decorate with pecan pieces. Cut into squares and serve with raw cashew whipped cream if desired.