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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

VeganMoFo - Happy Halloweegan Pumpkins

Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my previous Halloweegan posts! It's so awesome that some of you guys have been inspired by my posts. I am so happy!

Today it's pumpkin time again! Although these little pumpkins are actually big phonies-there's no pumpkin in them at all! It's actually the same recipe that I used for my Happy Vegan Ghosts. It's a bit different because they have different shapes and color, so I'll re-post the recipe below...



Happy Halloweegan Pumpkins

1/4 cup of coarsely ground chocolate chips
1 cup of creamy peanut butter (cold)
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/2 tsp of vanilla (optional)

For the coating:
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup finely shredded coconut
2 tbsp carrot juice

For the happy faces:
a handful of chocolate chips

1. In a food processor grind up the chocolate chips until they break up into little pieces, but not so much that they turn into a powder. Set aside.

2. In a medium size mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Stir in the chopped chocolate chips.

3. Form little balls with the peanut butter mix and make a small dent at the top of each ball, just at the center. You can use the back of a small wooden spoon to do this, I don't have any wooden spoons. My bamboo spoons have flat handles so I had to get creative and used a frozen green bean! :P

4. In a small bowl, use the carrot juice to dye the coconut, it might take you more or less than 2 tbsp, keep adding juice until it's orange enough but not "wet". It will be moist though, and this will help the coconut stick to the pumpkins.

5. Pour the coconut milk into a small, shallow bowl. Dip each pumpkin in the coconut milk, and then roll the wet pumpkins on the finely shredded coconut. If your pumpkins are nice and coated in orange coconut, you're done, if they're patchy and brown you're going to have to dip them in coconut milk and roll them in shredded coconut again.

6. Now they need their happy faces! Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (I don't have the patience for a double boiler). My microwave does this in 30 second intervals. Nuke the chips for 30 seconds, stir, nuke 30 seconds, stir, nuke, stir... until they're melted. Use a piping bag with a round decorating tip to draw the eyes and mouths on. For the curly stems, draw an "upward spiral" on top of each pumpkin using the same decorating tip.

Variations:

*You can use other nut butters instead of PB. Mmm almond butter! I bet that would be good!
* Instead of chocolate chips, you can use finely chopped nuts. Macadamias would be awesome!
These could probably be made raw with raw nut butter, agave, etc, right?

27 comments :

  1. your name for these pumpkins is perfect. They look just so tickled to be here.

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  2. Ok, you are giving me wayy too many choices for my first halloween baking experience ;) Just fabulous adorable little guys on this post! Keep up the good work!

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  3. Your smiling pumpkin army is adorable!

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  4. i especially love how you call them "little pumpkin shaped thingies"

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  5. Hi River,

    Your creativity just blows me away. These pumpkins are super cute.

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  6. Wow, those are super cute! I think I will make these for my family on halloween =)

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  7. Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Give me somethin' good to eat — like one of these cuties! Thanks for the idea! Halloween is my favorite holiday!

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  8. You know, we don't celebrate halloween in Germany, (Okay, the stores do as they sell a lot of halloween stuff). But this year I have to. You should write a book!

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  9. Awww! I've gone 38 days without sugar and your posts are making it hard to go on!

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  10. say, will you be my neighbor today?

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  11. Awesome!!! They are too cute to eat, no?

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  12. i just love all their happy little pumpkin faces! yay! i would make a million of these and then gobble them all up! oh my gosh - they're so darn CUTE!

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  13. OH my gosh! I just found your posts from Bryanna, I love them, love them, love them! How creative you are. I can't wait to see what is next. :o)

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  14. I really like that you don't use food dyes, I've been trying to figure out natural ways to color foods. And the $20 dollar organic food colors from Whole Foods are way too pricey!

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  15. Being from Ohio, we're big on a chocolate/peanut butter treat called Buckeyes (do people eat these outside of Ohio??). Anyway, these little pumpkins are totally a Halloween-y version of Buckeyes with a coconut-y twist! Delicious! I don't think it's possible to go wrong when PB, chocolate, and coconut is involved.

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  16. These pumpkins are just too cute! Never thought of combining coconut with that heavenly combo of PB and chocolate - can't wait to try this!

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  17. I love the faces and the 'stems', so cute!

    Can you taste the orange juice?

    I am definitely going to try to recreate some of your creations with Halloween!

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  18. forget mofo, it's hallowegan!

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  19. when my ass expands because I cant stop eating these guys... oh hell, I'll still love you. and my fat ass! :)

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  20. Shoot, I almost missed these! You are the halloween queen.

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  21. these are really cute and sound delicious. I love the taste of peanut butter cups. love it.

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  22. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाDecember 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Oh my gosh, those are so cute!!!!!

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