Thursday, October 1, 2009

Butternut Cashew Pie

This was adapted from this recipe. It looks great and super-delicious, but in my own cooking I prefer to use more whole ingredients than things like tofutti cream cheese, and why should pumpkin have all the fun, anyway? And from a can, nevertheless. I realized that I could steam and blend chunks of peeled squash, then keep the puree in portions in the freezer to use whenever I want it. Cheap and local, yo!

Butternut Cashew Pie

1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
4 tablespoons oil
½ cup cane sugar
2 tablespoons arrowroot
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch salt

½ cup butternut puree (made by steaming chunks butternut squash and blending)
3 tablespoons cane sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 unbaked pie crust (had a graham crust kicking around, but use whatever you want)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process the cashews and oil as finely as possible. Add the sugar, arrowroot, lemon juice, vanilla and salt, blending until smooth. Remove 1 cup of the mixture and spread over the bottom of the pie crust. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. Spread this evenly over the cashew layer. Bake for about an hour – if a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, it’s done.


  1. It looks lovely but we never have sweet pumpkin or squash dishes here. I think I should try it and see if I like it!

  2. This sounds so yum! I managed to grow one pumpkin this year and now I'm thinking what to do with my precious.. Also in Finland we never make these kind of sweet things out of pumpkin. And also eating and growing pumpkins is not so common here, but I simply love them.

  3. Angela!!
    I imagine you're super busy now that school is back. That is my excuse for not blogging as I am chasing children all over the place all the time!
    Anyhow, lovely to see these posts.

  4. hey! love your recipes and recent autumn dishes and ideas!
    my blog is also named has pistachios in the title too, love pistachios :)

    well...that pie looks amazing!