Perfect Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie 2016

ppp-2016

Perfect Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie 2016

15oz pumpkin puree ( 1 1/3c or one can)

1/4c coconut sugar

1/4c maple sugar

1/2c coconut milk/cream (can)

1T coconut manna

1T coconut oil

1T Kudzu root or arrowroot (blended with 2T water)

2t cinnamon

1/4t nutmeg

1/4t allspice

1”piece of fresh ginger

1t vanilla

½” piece of fresh turmeric

1/4t pink salt

Add the kudzu root into a small dish and mix with the water a spoon until most of the root is dissolved. Add this into the blender with the rest of the ingredients.

In the blender, add the all of the ingredients including the kudzu slurry. Blend until completely smooth and creamy- taste it and adjust the flavors (more vanilla, more sweet, more ginger, more spice etc.).

Pour the filling into your prepared, uncooked, piecrust and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until it smells and looks done. The crust should be golden brown and the filling will still be just a bit soft and have beautiful cracking on the top. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to set. Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.

 

Ginger Turmeric Chai Spice Cashew Latte

ginger-turmeric-chai-spice-cashew-latte

My sister Jill came for a visit and around 8pm she was like…”I want something hot, rich and creamy, frothy and yum like sweet steamed milk but vegan”…in about 30 seconds flat, we had this major revelation in a  mug….SO DELICIOUS….SO GOOD. I make this in my Vitamix and blend it for at least a couple of minutes giving it a nice heady froth. I haven’t missed coffee since! I actually woke up this morning and CHOSE this over my brew. SO spicy and warming- I love it. Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial super root so ya, this is for your health. 😉

1/4c cashews

1″piece of ginger

1 1/4c boiling water

1/4t turmeric powder

Pinch vanilla powder or 1/2t vanilla

1/2t cinnamon

Pinch chai spice *opt

Pinch pink salt

Pinch nutmeg

2t agave or maple syrup

Combine all ingredients into a blender and process until well combined and frothy- about 2 minutes. Top with more cinnamon and nutmeg.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crack Cups

peanut butter crack cupsPeanut Butter Crack Cups

I can not get enough peanut butter lately so like any good vegan athlete, I have incorporated into my desserts! These are simple, and incredibly amazing.

Peanut Butter Crack Cups

Makes 5 super large cups, about 30 mini

Chocolate Shell Coating:

1c vegan chocolate chips

2T coconut oil

Pinch pink salt

Peanut Butter Filling:

3/4c Organic natural, crunchy peanut butter

1/3c maple sugar- whizzed and powdered in the Vitamix

Pinch pink salt

 —

1/3c brown rice krispy cereal

30 mini or 5-6 maxi cup cake liners

*peanut butter crack cups

Over a double boiler, heat up water and place the chocolate chips and the coconut oil above. If you don’t have a double boiler, a pot of boiling water covered with a heat resistant bowl works perfectly. Melt the chocolate slowly over medium high heat. While the chocolate is melting, prepare your filling.

In a medium bowl, add in the peanut butter. If you haven’t done so already- put your maple or coconut sugar in the Vitamix and run the motor until the contents look powdery. Add this powder to the peanut butter, add the salt and mix well, until all of the sugar is well incorporated. Taste and if more salt is needed, add it.

On a plate, arrange your mini or maxi cupcake liners. For the maxi, spoon 1T of melted chocolate. For the minis’ about 1heaping t. Gently tap the chocolate to cover the bottom of the liner and work up the sides.

***only with the Maxis….Place this in the fridge or freezer to set, about 10-15 minutes***

After they are set, remove them from the fridge and spoon in the peanut butter filling (1T for maxi, 1t for minis’) Again, gently tap the filling to fill the liner.

***only with the Maxis….Place this in the fridge or freezer to set, about 10-15 minutes***

 Repeat spooning the chocolate over the PB filling, same 1T or 1t, maxi, minis’.

Sprinkle in about 1T of rice cereal over the top of the cup, gently encouraging them to become a part of the chocolate topping, you can use a spoon if necessary but you want them to set up “in” the coating.

Let set for an hour at least, 2 is better.

THESE ARE INCREDIBLE

Whipped Coconut Cream

Whipped Coconut Cream

Just in time for holiday treats…this is the perfect homemade topping.

Whipped Coconut Cream

1 c organic coconut, chilled over night

2-3T favorite sweetener, raw agave, palm sugar, maple syrup

Pinch pink salt

Pinch Vanilla powder

In a large bowl, with a sturdy whisk (you could use an electric beater, I don’t have one), empty the solid contents of the coconut, reserving the liquid for something else (smoothies, nut milk etc). I actually used the remaining liquid, which was about a 1/2c to make a cashew nut milk for the Chocolate Moose I made the whipped topping for!!!

Break up the solid coconut with the whisk and begin to beat it as rapidly as you can. About mid way, add the sugar, salt and vanilla. I add the sugar incrementally- depending on how sweet I want the end cream to be. I was serving this with the Coconut Chocolate Moose so I didn’t want it to be too too sweet so I ended up adding 2 T of raw agave. Taste and adjust for sweetness. Transfer into a storage container. It will stiffen after being chilled and it will also soften at room temperature. AMAZING.