Sunday, August 11, 2013

Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pudding Slice / GM Soy

I was at a party last night, being the sober one, resting my fashionably but uncomfortably clad footsies and watching straight-laced industry people prove that they do, indeed, have the moves like Jagger, when I started thinking about food.
Jeffrey Campbell 'Lolita' shoes. These are good for about 2 hours.
I visualised a vegan, gluten-free and paleo pumpkin pie.  As I'm a believer in dream it-do it, today I did it. 

Quite pinworthy, yes?


  • The flesh of half a pumpkin, baked (I just stick the whole thing in the oven, there is really no need to suffer the frustration of trying to hack up a raw pumpkin, just bake it in the skin until soft, then scoop out the flesh)
  • 140g ground almonds (about 1.5 cups)
  • 2 Tbsps ground chia seeds, soaked in a little water to make a gel. You can also use whole chia seeds and just mash them a bit in the mortar and pestle
  • Half a banana
  • Tbsp Maple syrup or honey
  • Tsp cinnamon
  • Tsp ground ginger
  • Tsp vanilla essence
  • Tsp baking soda
  • Tsp salt
Put everything into the food processor and mix it.  It should be fairly firm. If you want it to be more slice-like and less pudding-like, you could add some dessicated coconut.

Pour the mix into a lined dish or use a silicon one. The mix will stick viciously to a regular pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes at a moderate heat. It is done when the edges start to look a bit darker.

Place in the fridge until completely cool, or as near to it as your patience will permit. 

Stab a few holes in it so that the chocolate topping will marble through the slice (this also helps it stick together)


Melt 250g of vegan chocolate (I used Whittakers Ghana) and 3/4 of a cup of coconut oil over a low heat.

Pour that over the slice.

Place in the freezer for at least an hour.

Straight out of the freezer, this works as a slice.  Once it warms up, it becomes a bit soft, and can do duty as a pudding.

Or breakfast.  Coconut yogurt or cream will keep it all paleo and vegan, but I used regular greek today.

Of course we could argue that this is not exactly caveman food, not really paleo, and this is a valid point.  However, modern paleo people don't generally live in caves (although I know one that lives in a Yurt), and most don't live entirely on meat, veg, fruit and nuts.  Some of us have embraced certain fun cultural norms, like pretty shoes, and dessert.

I intend to also try this as a warm dessert, just pour the topping on the warm slice and serve.  It's the right time of year for something spicy and pumpkiny.  

I hope your weekend is buzzing along.  I've just started researching GM soy in order to make a submission on a proposal to allow a new GM soy product in NZ/Aussie foodstuffs. The new plant is resistant to two powerful herbicides and I haven't quite decided which angle to emphasise: the fact that spraying more herbicides all over the place isn't great, or the fact that GM soy products just seem like a bad idea.

I need to do some research, as saying 'this seems like a really bad idea' doesn't strut like a scientific argument should.  I am starting with the safety assessment which Foodstandards have provided. To my dismay, this document is 54 pages long and lacks both plot and character development.  Is anyone else making a submission?  If so, let me know and we can amalgamate our efforts. Sending duplicate submissions is fine. At this early stage, numbers are what count.  We have the power, let's USE IT.

Pumpkin Pie and Politics = my weekend. :D



  1. Jenn P3:37 pm

    I'm not sure what I love the most, the pudding or the shoes. I lust for both.

    1. It depends on context really... ;)

  2. Did you really wear those shoes? I am impressed! Now tell me, if you eat chia seeds without grinding them, can your body get at the goodies inside? Or will they just slip on through unadulterated so to speak (I don't want to get too graphic here, it really would lower the tone of the lovely pumpkin slice thingy ;-).

    1. Yes, I really do wear those shoes. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought them, and so I make myself wear them. The awesome thing is that with them on, I'm 5 ft 8 :D

      Well, seeds in general are designed to bypass digestion, that's why it's important to lock the kids in a room while you eat, so that you have time to CHEW properly. As you can tell, I'm a natural caregiver. X

  3. Honora9:41 pm

    Genius recipe. Good on yer for taking on the GM Soy thing.

    1. It's a goodie. Freezes quite well too. It's quite hard to make something vegan (i.e. no eggs) and paleo (no dairy or grains..) and have it actually stick together. I try not to stuff *everything* with coconut and coconut oil. As awesome as that is, it makes a calorie bomb.

  4. Desiree9:04 am

    I made this and did the warm version which I can fully recommend. It was really good, almost like a pumpkin sponge pudding with melted chocolate. You should try it that way.

  5. I saw your slice/dessert thingie on Pinterest and have pinned it (of course) for future kitchen adventures. In fact, I have all the ingredients except the pumpkin, and THAT'S easily rectified, so perhaps tonight or tomorrow....


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