The trees turn into bright yellow and orange chandeliers, the mornings are getting cooler and fog is caressing the grassy hills. My breakfast teas with almond milk are spiced up with twice the amount of cinnamon and apples have never tasted better.
Autumn is THE season of pumpkins and Halloween. While I don't really celebrate Halloween, I've always had a soft spot for it; Skulls, bones, mist, mysterious and magical things. The magical and black cats and ravens. I could go on like this for a long time but I think you all know what I'm talking about.
Even though I don't celebrate this holiday, I still love being surrounded by pumpkins and other fall decorations.
And to get even more into that autumnal mood, I created a recipe with pumpkin.
I'm not a big fan of savory foods with pumpkin, but I love it in desserts. So that's how this Halloween-inspired recipe came to be.
These cookies taste similar to gingerbread. But they contain pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree, which makes them look orange/yellow. Together with the chocolate the perfect color combination.
As always, I don't use refined sugar for this recipe but have covered them in dark chocolate and decorated with icing. Whether you want to do the same is of course up to you: leave them naked and healthy or cover them with sinful dark chocolate (it's Halloween, so why not 👻). As always, it's all about balance :)
I wish you all a wonderful autumn and a happy (early) Halloween! Stay spooky 🎃
PUMPKIN SPICE SOFT COOKIES
vegan - gluten free - no refined sugar - oil free Makes 16 - 18 biscuits
3 cups (gluten-free) oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
3-4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup pumpkin puree (I used homemade)
1/4 cup maple syrup (add more if not chocolate coating)
1 teaspoon brown almond butter
200g dark chocolate
2 tbsp powdered sugar 1 tsp lemon juice
1. Put the oatmeal in your blender and blend until you have flour.
2. Now mix all the ingredients of the first section in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, combine all the ingredients from the second stage.
4. Now put the two masses together and knead the dough.
5. Form biscuits and bake at 180°C (fan oven) for 12-14 minutes.
6. Let the biscuits cool down and cover them with dark chocolate (preferably in a water bath).
7. Decorate them with the icing: bones, cobwebs, spiders, skulls, tombstones, ghosts or scary faces.
Tip: Store the biscuits in the refrigerator so they can be kept longer.