Happy *almost* Halloween! I primarily made these themed no-bake vegan pumpkin pie bites just because I wanted an orange vehicle to drizzle spooky black sesame tahini all over in honor of Halloween. This black sesame tahini should be the food mascot of October 31st – what other non-burnt food gets that black naturally? I’ll be dining on a sweet potato black sesame tahini bowl on Monday just to be extra festive.
When Halloween is on a Monday, when do you all celebrate? Are you more of a “I take the kids through the neighborhood on Monday evening” or “Saturday night at the bars” or “I turn the lights off and pretend I’m not home” kind of person?
Tonight is our big dress-up affair for Lucas’s company Halloween party. We’ll be going as Owen & Claire from Jurassic World with Zoella as a chubby dinosaur – a Zoellasaur. We’ll stuff her belly with pillows to make the borrowed homemade costume fit nice and snug.
Now that we’ve got the family costume thing settled, how do you take a baby trick-or-treating to show off her awesome costume without actually asking for candy? Because that would be poor form right? Two adults using their baby to beg their neighbors for candy. Like in theory “don’t bring a bucket” sounds like the obvious plan, but then imagine for a second how that transaction goes,
Me: Trick or treat!
Them: Aww – what a cute dinosaur!
THEN WHAT? Options: 1. Make awkward eye contact and linger just a little too long because you don’t know how to end the transaction without candy and thanks, 2. Turn and quickly walk away, or….. 3. Offer a hug?
Or is the answer you that you just don’t take the baby trick-or-treating and instead overload Facebook with baby dinosaur pictures? <– probably this, right? I’m too awkward for trick-or-treating.
Back to these vegan pumpkin pie bites. They are way more than just a vehicle for tahini. Thanks to a soaked cashew cream filling adapted from Alanna’s vegan coconut cream tart and Kayley’s raw cheesecakes, these pumpkin bites are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. Even still they’re ultra creamy, spiced like fall, and packed with sweet pumpkin goodness.
Black sesame and pumpkin make a unique and addicting duo – slightly sweet and spiced pumpkin with sweet nutty sesame. I fell in love with this pair in my black sesame pumpkin mochi cake from last year. Their Halloween hue is just the icing on the cake…errr…pie bites? Check out Shelly’s smoky pumpkin & black sesame seed hummus for another rendition.
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Black Sesame Almond Crust
Pumpkin Pie Filling
Black Sesame Tahini