Noor’s Crust-less Clean Pumpkin Treat

I just love pumpkin, in everything. I make pumpkin cookies, cakes, breads, pies, and well this sort of treat that falls between a fudgy brownie and a pie, without a crust. Pumpkin is very high in Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and fiber. It’s very easy and best of all requires no flour, refined sugar, evaporated milk, or even a crust!  

Ingredients:
16 oz 100% Organic Pure Pumpkin or this Organic Pumpkin Puree I like to use too

2 Organic/pasture-raised eggs

1 medium banana

½ cup raw walnuts, ground* and some chunks

½ cup raw almonds ground or almond meal*

1 tablespoon ground organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder (I only buy aluminum free)

1 teaspoon baking soda

*Use a food processor or a small coffee grinder to grind the nuts. If you dislike the feeling of chunky walnuts in your usual brownies or desserts, grind them completely as you would with the almonds. 

Directions:

STEP 1 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a spring form or 9inch pan.Ground raw walnuts and almonds using your food processor or grinder.

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Raw walnuts and almonds

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Place in the grinder, and make almonds fine as powder. Feel free to completely grind your walnuts as well (I kept big walnut chunks for a crunch).

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Just like that…

STEP 2

Mix all the (dry) last five ingredients (ground nuts and spices) in a large mixing bowl.

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Mix ground walnuts, ground almonds, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.

STEP 3
Stir in pumpkin and eggs.

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1 ingredient: 100% Organic Pumpkin Puree 😉

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Add pumpkin and 2 eggs.

STEP 4
Mash the banana in a separate bowl, add and mix.

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Mash the banana with a fork.

STEP 5
Place in the baking pan for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool and serve. 

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I used a spring-form pan, you can use any kind.

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Baked…

This is what I like about spring-form pans.

This is what I like about spring-form pans.

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Slice and eat.

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Enjoy with a cup of tea! 🙂

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Noor’s “I can’t Believe it’s Blackberry Pie” and “Awesome Apple Pie”

Well what do you know, it’s pie season. While many people enjoy every bite of flaky crusted warm pies, others enjoy crumbles and cookies. The holiday season is about baking, but it doesn’t mean you are limited to making your pies and treats unhealthy. One of my siblings loves apple pie, and the store-bought one scares me, mostly because it has over 20 ingredients, half of which none of us can pronounce. I decided to make my own altering one of my old recipes.  I threw in two pie recipes, two birds in one stone. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:

Whole wheat pastry pie crust:

2 cups 100% stone ground whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 cup grass-fed butter or Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Unrefined Real Salt

5-8 tablespoons ice water

Noor’s awesome fresh blackberries filling:

2 packs fresh blackberries (about 2 cups)

2-4 tablespoons raw Coconut Palm Sugar

1 tablespoon 100% stone ground whole wheat pastry flour

Noor’s awesome organic apple pie filling:

3 honey-crisp organic apples (I did NOT peel ;-))

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup Coconut Palm Sugar

Noor’s awesome crumble topping

1 cup 100% whole wheat pastry flour

½ cup Coconut Palm Sugar

¼-1/2 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (ONLY for the apple pie.)

 

Directions:

STEP 1

Whole wheat pastry pie crust:
Mix the pastry flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter/coconut oil, scoop it into about 16 smaller pieces and use your hands to crumble. Leave coarse crumbs but not too large.
Add one tablespoon of water at a time and knead.
Shape into a disc and cover with wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Mix flour and salt. Toss in "butter spread" in small pieces.

Mix flour and salt. Toss in “oil spread” in small pieces.

Add water one tablespoon at a time and knead.

Add water one tablespoon at a time and knead.

Separate into two.

Separate into two.

Shape into disc and  cover with wrap well.

Shape into disc and cover with wrap well.

STEP 2 

Noor’s awesome crumble topping:
Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl. Divide EVENLY into two separate bowls.
Add cinnamon to one bowl and mix well.
Add in the butter/oil in small pieces and use hands to crumble into coarse crumbs (use a kneading method as well).
Set aside until you fill your pie crust with the filling.

Crumble in buttery spread.

Crumble in buttery spread.

STEP 3

Noor’s awesome PIES:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When ready to make the pie you can either roll it out (with a rolling pin) or simply stick it in the 9 inch pie crust and use your palms to press and spread. Make an edge, the higher the better.
Place the fillings (apple or blackberry) in the pie shell, careful not to go over the edges.
Top each with the crumble topping. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until topping is browned.
Allow to cool or serve warm. Enjoy this as a treat! 
 

Slice fresh apples

Slices of fresh organic apples

Add lemon, Truvia, and cinnamon.

Add lemon, palm sugar, and cinnamon.

Blackberry

Blackberries

Roll or pat.

Roll or pat.

2 pies

2 pie crusts

Filling topped with crumble, pre-baked.

Filling topped with crumble, pre-baked.

Done!

Done!

Close up

Close up

Organic, pure, delicious.

Organic, pure, delicious.

Told you….pie and junk don’t always belong in the same sentence. 😉

Pumpkin Cinnamon Nutty Brownies

In using the initial recipe of making black bean brownies, like I’ve mentioned earlier you can make a few variations. Omitting the nut butter, adding chunky walnuts on top, or even throwing in raspberries for an extra kick would work perfectly well.

One variation includes swapping the black beans for white northern beans, an imitation for the popular “blondie brownies” minus all the junk. I clearly love nut butters, especially walnut and almond butter. You can slather them on your celery or toss them in these white bean brownies. The incredible benefits of nut butters…let’s not go there. But, let me tell you, not all nut butters are created equal. The majority of peanut butters are full of junk like hydrogenated oils, sometimes even added sugar or salt. These nut butters below or pure, raw, and clean. Once I started buying them, I couldn’t stop.

Ingredients:

Swirl of Cinnamon

  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon, ground
  • About 1 tbsp Organic Raw Honey, or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar 

STEP 1

Begin with roasting a fresh pumpkin at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove seeds, peel and place in a bowl. Mash it well with a potato masher or a fork.

Roasting fresh pumpkin

STEP 2

Measure and place all your ingredients out and place them in the food processor. (Make sure the oven is on 350 not 400 degrees now).

Place ingredients in food processor

STEP 3

Pour into a baking pan and top with the sugar replacement and cinnamon mixture. Swirl with a knife.

my white swirl brownies 2

Cinnamon mixture

STEP 4

Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut. Enjoy.

DONE

Oh- yeah.

Oh- yeah.

*Top with a scoop of homemade pumpkin frozen yogurt for an extra kick and a delicious, healthy, and filling dessert.

Topped with my homemade pumpkin frozen yogurt.

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