Spiced Pumpkin Cake

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Since we are coming up to halloween this calls for pumpkin recipes. The other day I went pumpkin picking at a local farm in Dorset where I picked up two nice looking ones. Whilst in the field picking them I had a moment of inspiration and thought about doing a recipe series where I make a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipes all containing pumpkin.

I left Luise in charge of the dessert and she came up with a nut based no bake spiced pumpkin cake that tastes so delicious.

You have to give this a try!

Portion: 8-10 slices

Prep: 15 mins (not allowing time to cool, roughly 2 1/2 hours)

Cooking:15 mins (for boiling the pumpkin)


Ingredients for base:

  • 1 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Ingredients for topping:

  • 750g pumpkin peeled and deseeded weight (roughly 1.1kg which is roughly 1/2 a medium sized pumpkin)
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Firstly peel and chop the pumpkin into small pieces and boil for 15 minutes until soft
  2. Now it’s time to make the base, add the walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dates to the blender and blend into crumbs (roughly 2 minutes)
  3. Add the water and maple syrup and blend again until it’s sticky (roughly 1 minute)
  4. Move the base mixture to a 22cm tin and press into the tin to create a base making sure to go up the sides of the tin
  5. Once the pumpkin is ready just drain it and add to the blender. Add the bananas, avocado, maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon. Blend until smooth 
  6. Empty the mix into a large bowl and allow to cool for 30 minutes (This helps the mix to thicken)
  7. Now add the mix on top of the base and evenly spread
  8. Place the cake into the fridge for 2 hours

Tip: Top the cake with extra cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Fancy another pumpkin recipe? Try my Spiced Pumpkin Porridge

Creating this cake? Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @healthylivingjames Facebook @healthylivingjames or Twitter @healthylivingJW so I can see what you create! Want to save it for later then pin it on Pinterest @healthylivingJW


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