Chilly weather, cloudy days and early darkness all feed the desire for something warm and comforting, like a cup of tea. Or even better: A cup of tea with a slice of pie. Or better yet: A cup of tea with a whole (mini) pie to yourself 😉
These little pies are such a delicious treat, perfect in the afternoon with a cup of tea or coffee or maybe even a hot chocolate. They’re also packed with wholesome ingredients that make them a nourishing indulgence and a steady source of energy.
This recipe came about as a replacement for my old pumpkin pie recipe from my pre-plant-based days. (We all need a good pumpkin pie recipe right?) And while I was at it, I decided to play around with the pie crust, adding pecans and cacao for extra goodness.
Pumpkin Pies with Cacao Pecan Crust
Makes: 6 muffin-sized pies
- 120 g wholemeal spelt flour (or buckwheat flour, for a gluten-free version)
- 30 g pecans, ground into flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 can of puréed pumpkin (i.e. 213 g)
- 3 medjool dates (if dry, soak in boiling water for a few minutes)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (unsalted, smooth)
- 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk (the kind for cooking)
- 3 tsp ground flaxseeds
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of cloves
- pinch salt
Optional (but trust me you want this): dark chocolate for on top
- Line a muffin tray with 6 paper cases.
- Combine all the ingredients for the crust (first with a spoon and then using your hands) and press the mixture into the cases. (Start with the base, then press bits onto the sides until they’re all covered. This takes a few minutes, but can be quite therapeutic/ a good chance to practice some mindfulness 😉 ).
- Blend all the ingredients for the filling and distribute the mixture equally among the 6 pies.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for ca. 25 minutes. (Oven times vary, so keep an eye on them). I covered mine after 20 minutes to prevent the crust getting too dark.
- Let cool in the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
- BEST WAY TO ENJOY THEM: When they are still warm, place a square of dark chocolate on top to gloriously melt (or break the chocolate into little chunks and press them into the pie for a gooey chocolate chip effect). If already cooled, heat the pie(s) up in the microwave first. Too indulgent for words.
Note: the pies freeze easily, so you can always have some on hand to heat up (and top with chocolate, if desired 😉 ) for the perfect autumnal treat.
Feel free to tag @blueberrysmiles22 if you share your creations on Instagram, so I can share in the joy 🙂