Sesame Pumpkin Halloween Bars
  1. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap – make sure that your wrap falls over the edges so that you can lift out the loaf easily at the end.
  2. Toast the coconut over medium heat until browned and set this aside.
  3. In a food processor, grind the sesame seeds into a meal. Then add in the toasted coconut and grind further until the mixture resembles a fine meal.
  4. Add in the remaining crust ingredients and process the mixture until it comes together as a dough. You’ll know it’s ready when the dough sticks together after being pressed. If it’s a bit too dry, add in a little more coconut oil.
  5. Remove the dough from the processor and set aside 1/2 a cup for the filling itself. Now using the remaining dough, press it into the bottom of the pan with plastic wrap – make sure that it’s even and pressed down firmly.
  1. In a cleaned food processor, grind the cashews with the coconut oil, coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until the mixture becomes very smooth.
  2. Now place 2/3 of the cashew mixture you just made into a large bowl, and stir in the pumpkin purée and 1/3 cup of coconut sugar until the sugar dissolves. Set this aside.
  3. To the remaining 1/3 of the cashew mixture in the processor, add the 1/2 cup of sesame mixture reserved from the crust as well as an additional 6 Tbsp of sesame seeds. Process everything until the mixture becomes smooth – some of the sesame seeds may not be fully processed, which is fine as it adds to the texture and visual appeal. 
  4. Remove the cashew-sesame mixture from the processor and spread it evenly on top of the crust.
  5. The final layer of this bar is that cashew-pumpkin mixture from an earlier step. Gently pour this on top of the sesame layer and spread it as evenly as you can.
  6. Sprinkle a handful of sesame seeds on top, and put the pan in the fridge and chill it for at least 8 hours. Better yet – leave it to chill overnight, until it’s fully set.
  7. Once your loaf has set fully, remove it from the pan by lifting the saran wrap. Then cut it into small bites for immediate consumption.
Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight and scrape off the thickened top layer of cream to use for this recipe.