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Delicious Chai Dessert Squares are the perfect alternative to pumpkin pie., especially for those who say they don’t like pumpkin pie like my sister.

Last year I was creating recipes for my new cookbook, Finally… Paleo Food I Can Eat! I wanted to make a festive dessert for Thanksgiving that was dairy free, gluten free, vegan and free from chocolate as one of our family members is allergic to chocolate. I know, a hardship for sure.

I decided that I would include pumpkin in the recipe because for me pumpkin just goes with Thanksgiving.

My Chai Dessert Squares were a hit and now I make them every Thanksgiving and everyone loves them! They are so easy to make, here’s the recipe, let me know if your family loves them as much as mine does.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup pecans
  • 8 large medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. In a food processor, mix dates and nuts, adding coconut oil slowly until mixture comes together
  2. Press nut mixture into a square dish
  3. In a food processor mix pumpkin, cashew butter, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and coconut flakes.
  4. Spoon over nut crust, sprinkle with shredded coconut, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Original Recipe by Shirley Plant

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Shirley Plant

About Shirley

I'm Shirley Plant, nutritionist and cookbook author. My passion is helping you figure out which foods fuel your body and which ones deplete it.

Appearances By Shirley

  • CTV News
  • Rogers TV
  • FoodNetwork.ca
  • The Eat Real Food Health Summit
  • Menopause Wellness Summit
  • The Parenting TeleSummit

Appearances By Shirley

  • CTV News
  • Rogers TV
  • FoodNetwork.ca
  • The Eat Real Food Health Summit
  • Menopause Wellness Summit
  • The Parenting TeleSummit

Shirley's Cookbooks

Finally... Food I Can Eat!

Finally... Food I Can Eat!

A dietary guide and cookbook featuring tasty non vegetarian and vegetarian recipes for people with food allergies and intolerances. Recipes free of gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, wheat, nightshades, sugar and yeast.

Finally... Paleo Food I Can Eat!

Finally... Paleo Food I Can Eat!

Paleo recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. Recipes free of grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, eggs and almonds. Plus, chapters on the mind body connection by Dr. Eva Selhub M.D and healing your body from chronic illness with Dr. Terry Wahls. M.D.

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