It’s not that I don’t like routine so much as that I don’t like knowing what’s about to happen. I remember being younger and always knowing what somebody was going to say to me (I always thought adults were condescending, oversimplifying everything they said). But then I got in the habit of deliberately directing situations in an unpredictable way by either doing something unexpected or saying something that completely changed the trajectory of a conversation.
But anyways, today I wanted unpredictability. I had planned out what my next blog post would be, which I never do, and it flustered me thinking about logistics. So I changed the trajectory. I went to the grocery store and assembled random foods that I knew I could somehow combine into a delicious nom.
And, as many know, there are few flavors in this world that I admire/worship/dedicate-my-very-existence to more than pumpkin. I know, a lot of people consider it a Fall flavor. To these people I say: whatever. Pumpkin is an anytime, any season, any mood kind of food. These bars are proof.
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Cashew Crust
1 cup cashews, unsalted
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tb unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
5 tb vegan margarine, cubed
Combine cashew and flax seed meal in food processor, and blend for a full minute, until cashew are completely broken down. Add brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and cloves, and pulse to combine. Add in margarine and pulse until mixture comes together in a crumby dough.
Press into bottom of 8″ by 8″ pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before filling.
Combine tofu, cream cheese, and pudding mix in food processor, and blend until smooth. Scoop half of mixture into separate bowl and set aside. In processor, add in pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger, and pulse until smooth.
Pour pumpkin mixture over cooled crust, and spread evenly. Next add separate bowl of cheesecake batter over pumpkin, and swirl with a knife to marble to filling. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool on wire rack before transferring to fridge for at least 3 hours or freezer for an hour and fridge for 30 minutes. Cut into squares- makes about 9 bars.
A quick shout out to my puppy Sophie (I call her a puppy even though she’s 3 years old. She will always be a puppy to me. Always.) She’s going in for some knee surgery tomorrow. I have this theory that dogs are much smarter than we think, and that they really do pick up on emotional nuance. She seemed a bit put out today, but hopefully a half hour long belly rub helped.