Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Squares Make for a Happy Halloween

I hope everyone has a lovely Halloween and visit from the Great Pumpkin!

Here's a recipe to use up any extra pumpkin you have around the house. It's a slightly altered version of a this recipe for Sweet Potato Date Squares—just a few tweaks and a change in the ratio of crust to filling...I love crust. James and I ate an entire batch of these and read scary stories aloud, in honour of Halloween.

Pumpkin Oat Squares
(adapted from Fake Food Freemakes 16 squares)

For the Crust:

  • 105 grams spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 45 grams oat flour
  • 60 grams oats
  • 45 grams butter, cold
  • 50 grams maple syrup
  • 10 grams water, cold
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt


1. Combine flour and oats. Cut in cold butter, leaving small, pea sized pieces coated in flour.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until a crumbly dough forms.
3. Press firmly into a parchment lined 8 by 8 glass baking dish—I used a glass jar as a small rolling pin to spread the dough and press it in.
4. Bake at 350F for 5 minutes. Set aside on a cooling rack.

For the Filling:

  • 210 grams pumpkin puree*
  • 40 grams soft medjool dates, chopped
  • 60 grams milk (I used lactose-free, for sensitive individuals)
  • 20 grams maple syrup
  • 56 grams coconut oil, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt


1. Combine pumpkin, dates and milk in a food processor until very smooth; pour into a mixing bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients, one at a time, and stir until everything is incorporated.
3. Pour filling into crust and spread evenly. 
4. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes—until the center is set.

*I made my own pumpkin puree by baking a pie pumpkin at 375F until soft and pureeing the flesh in a food processor until very smooth.


  1. These look really good! And I love all of your Halloween decorations and pictures!

  2. Ahh master pumpkin carving! I always get lazy halfway through.

    I want pumpkin squares…

  3. I like your post. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and clarity on this important subject can be easily observed... make cold press oil at home


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