Pumpkin Mania!

Last night was our big Halloween party night! My husband puts on a robotic Halloween show every year and it was the first night of three for his Holmes’ Haunted Homes show.  I also booked the community centre around the corner for a dance for my friends and students from my dance school, Bees’ Knees Dance. Thank you to everyone who came out! I guess we’re a pretty enterprising family around here! And we do love Halloween.

As part of the festivities, I decided to lay out an extensive pumpkin spread. This included 9 different pumpkin treats, all vegan and most of which were gluten-free other than the strudel.

9 different pumpkin recipes

  1. Pumpkin Flax crackers
  2. Pumpkin Salsa
  3. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cranberry cookies
  4. Raw Pumpkin cookies
  5. Pumpkin Strudel
  6. Pumpkin Loaf
  7. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  8. Pumpkin Mochi
  9. Spiced Pumpkin Seed Butter (courtesy of my company, Health Nut Butters)

Actually, I don’t have it in the photo but I had a small raw pumpkin cheesecake in addition to the pumpkin cheesecake shown here which used cooked cheesecake. Both used my coconut base. I had leftover phyllo pastry so I also whipped up some apple strudel and some small “cheese” strudels using raw vegan nut cheese… which I did bake! Sacrilege!

Halloween 2011

Me as Marilyn Munro with my husband, a Chicago Gangster. Halloween 2011.

I was very pleased with the spread overall. Unfortunately, the pumpkin mochi were really good when I made them but then got very hard and weren’t good at all by the time I served them. The pumpkin strudel was really yummy warm but not as great once it cooled off.

My mom also brought some not-so vegan (read: butter) date squares that were delicious and from my childhood.

At some point I’ll get around to posting a few of these recipes and linking to the recipes I borrowed, but right now I need to go to the gym and work off some of the extra calories I consumed!


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