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Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge
October 24, 2016 in Dairy-Free · Fall · Gluten-Free · Refined Sugar-Free · Sweets · Vegan · 19 Comments

Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Fall. is. magic.

Crimson red, rosy pink, canary yellow, blaze orange…… even at 32, seeing the leaves create their own pantone color palette is mesmerizing. I take a neighborhood walk nearly every day, and it seems if I didn’t know the date on the calendar, I would know by the pace of the trees changing, eventually losing their leaves to the cool, crisp wind.

This season brings a magical change to the kitchen as well, a parallel shift with the trees…… From summer’s bold, vibrant colors to the stunning, neutral hues of squash, pumpkins, and root vegetables. And although (as most of you know) I prefer the likes of kabocha and butternut over little sugar pies, it’s Sara’s annual #VirtualPumpkinParty, and 70+ of us gal pals are flooding the internet with sweet and savory ways to pumpkin.

My contribution? Since I went savory last year, I went sweet this time around. To the tune of Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge, which has put a spell on me like whoa. The result of doing something I typically wrinkle my nose at.

put beans in dessert.

I’ll push black bean brownies away faster than you can offer me one. But this fudge….. uses not chickpeas, not white beans, but PINK beans. I found them while getting letting lost in the Hispanic section of a local grocery store, in a can, alongside all the other beans. They look similar to pintos, but are different. Flavor-wise they’re sweet and super mild, which is typically my issue – I can always detect a slight bean-y flavor in other desserts. And another big bonus: they have very thin skin so when pureed, they turn creamy and smooth, making them the perfect textural base for this fudge.

Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge

It’s much easier than traditional fudge, no candy thermometer to mess with or stovetop. Just a one bowl food processor, then freezer situation. It also differs in that it uses a few of my favorite wholesome ingredients: coconut butter, almond butter, and maple syrup. Blitzed with pumpkin, the pink beans, and pumpkin pie spice, the result is an ultra luxe and a pure taste of fall.

So dense, and creamy, I’d compare it to a pumpkin spin off of my grandmother’s old fashioned chocolate fudge she’d make every Christmas.

Cut into tiny squares, it’s like having a bite-size piece of warmly spiced pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake that just so happens to be vegan (and refined sugar-free). I love that it keeps in the refrigerator really well, almost better a few days after making it because the cinnamon and nutmeg really get a chance to deepen.

From a squash lover’s heart, I’d say this fudge is a bit of magic that should grace your kitchen sometime in the next few months. If not, then I’m sure you’ll find something else from one of the 70 other pumpkin recipes being shared today, which you can find the full list on Sara or Aimee’s blog posts. xo!

Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge {paleo and sweetened with maple syrup}Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge {paleo and sweetened with maple syrup}

Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge

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Preparation 5 mins Cook Time 1 hour
Serves 12-15 squares     adjust servings

*At room temperature, coconut butter (not to be confused with coconut oil) is solid. To get it into pourable, liquid state, set the tightly closed jar in a bath of hot water (not fully submerged just in case it would leak through the cap). Let sit for 10 minutes, then stir. Close jar and set back in water for 5 minutes. Stir until completely smooth. If a few clumps remain, microwave jar for 10 seconds, then stir, and repeat until no clumps remain. *amazon affiliate links in recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon pink beans from a can, drained and rinsed (look in the hispanic section at grocery stores, or a dedicated hispanic grocery store)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter in pourable, liquid state*
  • 1/2 cup chopped, roasted pecans

Instructions

  1. Add pumpkin, beans, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and almond butter to food processor or high-powered blender. Puree for 20 seconds, then stop and scrape down sides. Puree for another 40 seconds, then scrape down sides.
  2. Add coconut butter, and puree for 30 seconds to bring everything together until completely smooth. Scrape into a 8" x 4" x 2½ inch loaf pan (a little smaller or bigger will work too, it will just affect the thickness of your fudge) and smooth top with a spoon. Sprinkle pecans on top, then lightly press down on them so they attach to fudge.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour, then cut into small squares and serve. You can store leftovers in covered container in the freezer or refrigerator, for 2 weeks. Storing in refrigerator will result in a little softer fudge.

 

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19 thoughts on “Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge

  1. Ruby

    Pink beans?? I have never heard of these, but this whole fudge situation sounds so delicious.
    Ack I am missing fall in Minneapolis so much! We don’t get the same leaf color explosions over here, so I have to live vicariously through your lovely writing :)
    xoxo

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  2. Erica

    YES!! Fall is magical, could not agree more. My bf and I went out to a state park nearby downtown yesterday and it was beautiful – the leaves falling with each breeze, the sunshine without the humidity, the delicious air. It was perfect. And this FUDGE!!!! Guh I haven’t had fudge in so so long – this looks incredible.

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      Oh how great that you were able to get out and enjoy some of the best days of the year in my opinion! Amen to no humidity, too. Hope you get a chance to try the fudge!

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  3. christine desroches

    I had a feeling your fudge would be something special! I’ve never heard of pink beans before but need to search them out now. Can’t wait to try this creative take on a bean recipe and eat pumpkin fudge!

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      I had never heard of them either! Fun how we happen to stumble on different types of ingredients when exploring other cultural cuisines. Apparently pink beans are a large part of Caribbean cooking. They work so well in this fudge! xo

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