Food Friday!

Pumpkin Spice Squares

Another great pumpkin recipe for our October pumpkin theme.
These Pumpkin Spice Squares are a perfect alternative to other treats. 
They have a delicious wholesome taste with a hint of pumpkin flavour. 
I love when treats even taste "clean" because of the healthy ingredients...
but what do I love even more?! The fact that these squares have a healthy icing!

Ingredients for Squares:

- 1 1/4 cup walnuts (soaked and dried)
- 1 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 3/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 20 pitted dates
- 1 tbsp agave or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions for Squares:

- pre-heat oven to 350〫
- grease an 8" x 8" glass baking dish with Pam or olive oil.
- in a large bowl, stir together the coconut and spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, sea salt). Set aside.
- in a food processor, blend the walnuts and dates until evenly crumbled.
- add the nut mixture to the coconut mixture using an electric mixer. Set aside.
- in a small bowl, mix the pumpkin, honey and vanilla. 
- in increments, combine the pumpkin mixture with the other previously combined ingredients. 
- press into the prepared 8" x 8" glass baking dish. (I did have a bit left over that I didn't press into the dish because I felt the squares were becoming too thick.)
- bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when poked into the center of the dish.
- remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares. 
- chill the cut squares in the refrigerator while preparing the icing.

- makes approximately 9 larger squares or 16 mini bites.

Ingredients for Icing:

- 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight then patted dry)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp agave or honey
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla

Directions for Icing:

- blend the cashews in the food processor until smooth. (I didn't have cashews so I tried it with almonds. The taste is great but the cashews are smoother and don't leave flecks of brown skin in the icing like seen in the photo)
- add the coconut oil, honey, lemon juice and vanilla. Blend again.

- using a knife, spread the icing on the chilled squares. 
- store in the fridge and allow them to warm slightly to soften the icing before serving.
- hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy treat!

Love pumpkin recipes? Try this Curry Pumpkin Soup to stay warm during the cool fall weather!

This recipe was inspired by ones found on Fragrant Vanilla Cake and DAMY Health.



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