I have always been interested in other countries-their people, traditions and of course food. Every Country has its unique specialities. I grew up in Switzerland where there are lots of specialities that are specific to certain regions. Also the influence of neighboring countries making it very interesting. And that given the small size of Switzerland.
Used to Swiss and mostly European foods it was very adventurous coming to Canada and trying out new things that I have never seen before! Also I should say, just the size of my new home country was an adventure alone!
Take a simple Muffin, or a Cupcake-I actually never had or seen one as a child! It is funny to see that now there are Cupcake Shops in Switzerland!
As it is getting closer to December I will be thinking of Christmas Cookies. But I am not ready for that. I felt more like Pumpkin than Gingerbread.
Usually Oat-Squares are filled with Fruit fillings but I had some Pumpkin puree left so I changed things up a bit.
- 1cup unbleached white flour
- 1 1/2cup oats
- 1/2cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2cup pure cane sugar
- 1/4cup honey
- 2cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2cup maple syrup
- 1/4cup coconut milk
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1/2tsp nutmeg
Mix together flour, oats, melted coconut oil, cane sugar and honey. Put half into the bottom of a greased square pan, pat it down firmly.
In a small saucepan, warm up pumpkin puree, maple syrup and coconut milk. Remove from heat and add cinnamon and nutmeg.
Pour filling over crust and cover with the remaining oat mixture.
Bake at 350F/180C for about 40 minutes or golden brown.