After your through making a magnificent thanksgiving feast do you seriously have time to worry about dessert too?! I know, you're saying "ain't nobody got time for that!" And often people just serve store bought pumpkin and apple pies. But you definitely have 10 minutes to make a super awesome homemade creation that will impress everyone... yes, you do!
All you need is a can of pumpkin pie mix, some pre-made vegan whipped coconut cream, and 10 minutes to bake a very simple, easy crumble topping. A child could make this dessert so you have no excuse!
This dessert idea was inspired by some of the new vegan ready whipped cream products now available in Canada. Look for gay lea's coconut whipped cream and so delicious coco whip! If you're a purist then feel free to go ahead and make your own coconut whipped cream, which is also pretty easy.
You can make this recipe super easy by purchasing pumpkin pie mix in a can, which already has sugar and spices in it, but I’ve also listed how to sweeten and season a can of pure pumpkin pureé below!
Makes 4 x 250 ml jars
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
1 can pumpkin pie mix (farmer's market organic brand is great!)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 C pecans
3/4 C all-purpose flour (or oatmeal for gluten-free option)
1/2 C brown sugar
1/3 C vegan butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
homemade pumpkin pie filling (make this if you’re not using a ready made can of pumpkin pie filling)
1 can pure pumpkin pureé
1/3 C maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground all-spice
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
Pre-heat your oven to 325°F.
In a mixing bowl whisk together pumpkin pie mix with 2 cups of coconut whipped cream and maple syrup. Chill in the fridge until the crumble is ready.
If you're making the homemade pumpkin pie filling then stir all the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate until the crumble is ready.
NOTE: it's optional to combine the coconut whip with the pumpkin pie filling. It makes it creamier and sweeter, but also tastes just as good if you keep them separate.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roughly chop pecans and in a mixing bowl combine them with all-purpose flour or oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold vegan butter. Use your hands to combine and crumble the mixture until it's sticking together.
Lay it out evenly on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Watch closely as it can burn easily. Allow the crumble to cool before assembling the dessert.
To assemble the pumpkin pie hars add some of the chilled pumpkin mixture to the bottom of your serving jars/glasses, then add a layer of crumble, then a layer of coconut whipped cream, then pumpkin, crumble, and top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on top, if desired.
You could prepare these in the morning and keep them refrigerated until ready to serve after the dinner.