Although this might sound complicated and fiddly with loads of ingredients, this is actually a very simple recipe with limited preparation, but the result is a wonderful, rich layer of maca, Linwoods cocoa and berry flaxseed mix cacao with spicy, creamy pumpkin together plus an additional tasty crunch from an oaty granola topping – yum! No need to bake and can be made in advance if you’re having friends round, this indulgent but guilt-free recipe is perfect for the autumn season!
For the base –
- 100g cashew nuts, soaked in water overnight
- ½ can cooked (unsweetened) pumpkin
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 scoop chocolate lean whey protein powder
- 2 tbsp Linwoods Flaxseed with Cocoa & Berries mix
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ cup natural sweetener
Drain the cashews then add to a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend well until completely smooth and thoroughly mixed together. Pour mixture into 6 lined and/or greased muffin tins – there should just be about enough. Put in freezer while you make the rest.
For the yogurt –
- 150g fat-free natural yogurt or Quark
- Other ½ can cooked (unsweetened pumpkin)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 tbsp natural sweetener
Mix all of the ingredients together well and taste to see if sweet enough, then keep chilled. Once the base has started to set, pour a layer of this on top of each then return to freezer for at least an hour or until ready to serve.
For the granola topping –
- 30g gluten-free oats
- 2 tbsp unsweetened dessicated coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp nut butter (I used Nuts’n’More)
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tbsp natural sweetener
Melt the nut butter and oil on a low heat in a small pan until melted, remove from heat then pour in the other ingredients. Mix well until fully combined then spoon into a kilner jar or airtight container.
Serve it up! When you’re ready to serve, remove the muffin tin from the freezer about 5-10 minutes beforehand, then run a knife round and remove, put on plate and sprinkle with the granola. Enjoy!
Have you seen my other #IndulgingInnocently creations using Linwoods Flaxseed products? Check out: Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Flaxseed Protein Bars / Flaxseed & Berry Booster Protein Smoothie / Vanilla & Apricot Flaxseed Cookies / Chocolate & Beetroot Superfood Muffins