It's been more than a week since I've given you a recipe - apologies. I've just been busy memorializing the death of my youth...which some would call "celebrating my 26th birthday." I fully acknowledge that anyone reading this over the age of 26 probably wants to punch me in the face, but I'm not really writing about the number. I'm more so calling attention to the shifts that seem to start around the 26 year mark. They aren't necessarily bad, they're basically just qualities that my 22 year-old self would roll her eyes and scoff at. Turning 26 is like trading in your fun, old Jeep Wrangler for a sub-compact Toyota Camry. Bear with me.
Posting a no-bake pumpkin-inspired recipe two days before Thanksgiving might be about as basic as my "workout Khloe Kardashian" Halloween outfit, but whatever - 'tis the season. Taking a hot minute to transition off of my basic cranberry obsession to pay some much needed TLC to the holiday's veteran MVP flavor...the most basic of flavors. If this flavor were a person, it would be a 22 year old chick wearing an oversized sweater, infinity scarf, brown boots and holding a Starbucks skinny latte (in a RED cup, mind you...god forbid it's one of those "Starbucks hates Christmas" green cups)**.
I don't know about any of you suckers, but I've been freezing my cheeks off as of late. It's winter and it's cold. And when it's cold, I crave warm and cozy dishes. Yes, it is my strong opinion that food can be cozy. It is also my strong opinion that oatmeal is an ultimate winter cozy dish. Well...too bad so sad. Oatmeal is a paleo no-no. Womp womp womp.
Yeahhh you heard that right. Paleo chili fries. Friday morning, I woke up with - I wont lie - a "mild" hangover. I typically forego Thursday evening shenanigans, but this was a special occasion which involved guacamole, margaritas, dancing and some of my former college field hockey teammates...coach included....so there was zero chance I was going to miss out on that fun bus. #yolo am I right?
Shazam! If you served this to an unsuspecting non-paleo crowd, they would not know the difference between this and "regular" pumpkin pie. For realsies. It's good. And easy. Literally just blend the respective crust and pie filling ingredients and you've got yourself a damn good Thanksgiving pie. Or "anytime" pie....I made this for "anytime" sooooo boo ya.
"Cheesecake? Did I hear that right? There's no cheese allowed in paleo!" Yes you Literal Larry, I said cheesecake. And no, cheese is not a part of paleo. But yes, I still eat it sparingly with a primal attitude...so put that in your juice box and slurp it. Alas...there's no actual cheese in these truffles. Although, the consistency here mimics that of cheesecake pretty spot on...thus, we shall call it cheesecake. In fact, I should probably consider making a straight up pumpkin cheese cake with this filling. Light bulb!