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Last Updated on November 29, 2020
When I think of holidays I think of pumpkins, pomegranates and pizza. Yeah, pizza. I didn’t grow up with traditional dishes during the holidays. Well, we had turkey and stuffing every year, but my mother is Filipino and she would whip up egg rolls, pancit, fried rice and whole mess of southern food every year for our holiday dinners. Now where does the pizza come into play? Well, my Aunt who is not the greatest cook, wanted to contribute to the holiday fun and she did so by providing pizza. Now in retrospect it’s no surprise where my love of buffets comes from. Anyhow, I wanted to have a little fun with my holiday tradition and make a pumpkin dessert pizza with a pecan cookie crust.
My absolute favorite nut is the pecan. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I have five pounds sitting in my pantry calling to me. For this recipe I used Diamond of California Pecans. I did soak and dehydrate them before turning them into a crumble/flour for the crust. I also used dates for the main sugar for the crust and pumpkin cream cheese sauce. To make this recipe you need a tiny bit of planning but it’s worth it.
Here’s a close up of the crust. It was nice and cookie-like and held up really well. You’ll see it again in some of my future Paleo dessert recipes because it is just awesome. We demolished the pizza in two days and it’s the perfect holiday treat. I so plan on making it for Thanksgiving as one of the desserts (come on you know we have to have more than one).
Pumpkin Dessert Pizza
- 20 medjool dates
- water to cover the dates
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon power
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups of soaked and dehydrated Pecans
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup of date syrup
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Sauce
- 1/2 cup of Pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup of date syrup
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon coconut flour
- 2 in kiwis. peeled and sliced 1/4" thick slices.
- 1/4 cup of a pomegranate seeds
- 2 Tablespoon of Coconut flakes
- First make the date syrup but placing the dates in a glass and cover with water. Soak for 8 hours.
- Take the soaked dates and the water and put them into a blender. Add the cinnamon and the vanilla and whiz until you get a nice thick syrup.
- For the pumpkin cream cheese sauce, take 3/4 cups of the date syrup, the softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup of pumpkin and mix thoroughly with a spoon.
- It will be liquidy but will set up in the fridge
- For the pecan crust, take the 2 cups of pecan and process them into a crumble in your food processor.
- Spoon the pecan flour into a bowl and add 1/4 cup of the date syrup and one egg white.
- Press the dough on to small pizza pan that has been covered with parchment paper. My pizza was roughly 10" round and 1/4 thick.
- Bake in the over at 350 degrees for 12 -15 minutes until the bottom has browned. Set aside to cool.
- Take the cool pecan crust and drizzle the pumpkin cream cheese sauce over it. You will have extra but trust me, you will find uses for it. Hint - Over bananas!.
- Then top with your fruit toppings and let chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. If you want you can stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
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Ooh, my, that is interesting! Totally out of my norm, but interesting 🙂
Dang, that looks cool. Not so sure I would want the kiwi on it, but the slices certainly look awesome on there. Carmelized stone fruits would be more my speed… and of course be more fattening…lol.
Thank you Robin! The kiwi was really ripe and sweet and the pomegranate was a sweet crunch that just really worked well with the pumpkin.
This looks really cool, love how unique it is.
This is so unique! Looks delicious.
Fantastic idea for the pumpkin puree in my fridge! I think I’m going to have to cheat though and use my date lady date syrup. 🙂
Thank you. The date syrup really gives it a lovely depth 😛
I love this. Well, I seem to love all your recipes, don’t I?
What a great idea! I love pecans.
Kiwi and pomegranate? Interesting…
That looks interesting.
Absolutely beautiful Kelly!
Thank you Patty!
Oh wow this sounds so delicious, pumpkin cream cheese? Yum!
Oh yum, that looks delicious.
This looks amazing!! I love that you used kiwi!
Thank you Jenn and thank you so much for pinning it too!!!
This sounds sooooooooo good! And it’s so incredibly pretty! I might have to cut back on the dates and date syrup to keep the carbs down, but I think this is doable for me with slight modifications. Thanks so much for sharing with us!
Thank you! It was tasty. I normally don’t do a lot of sweets with dates but oh man, it just made the pumpkin cream cheese sauce taste like fall.
OOOhhh that looks good, too bad my family won’t touch pumpkin.
I saw this all over Pinterest today — it looks so good!
I am so going to make this! It looks beautiful!
I am in awe of how you can whip up recipes like this Kelly. It looks amazing!
Sounds good to me!
Looks like my kind of pizza!
Oh man that looks so darn good! Nom nom!
Cannot WAIT to try this! Hmm, maybe tomorrow when I get off shift. Looks delicious!
Thanks Caroline! I hope that you enjoy it!
Wow, that is really interesting looking. Don’t know if I am really brave enough to try though.
This is a bit out of my comfort zone – but it is certainly pretty!
My tastebuds re watering!
how did you even taste it? It looks too pretty to cut in to
wow does that ever looks so tasty
That looks amazing. I’ve never tried anything like it.
I have pumpkin dessert pizza on my to-make list! And here I thought I was all original. I can’t believe how beautiful this is!
Thank you hun! Heavens you are original! You have created some beautiful one of a kind recipes.
I love making dessert pizzas. They are so tasty
So.. I am not dairy free.. so personally I LOVE cream cheese, but cream cheese is not paleo…. so your category mis-represents the dessert… but that won’t keep me from trying it! 😀
I hope you enjoy it Tara!