Make healthy, guilt-free treat with Halloween's leftover pumpkins

Instead of throwing out some of the pumpkins from Halloween, you can use the vegetables for pumpkin tarts, a dessert that is decadent, guilt-free, and healthy.

Wellness coach Karen Yaworsky says her pumpkin tarts low in calories, easy to make

Wellness coach Karen Yaworksy makes pumpkin tarts that are decadent, and low in calories. (Karen Yaworsky)

Fall is the season of Thanksgiving and Halloween, and after these celebrations have long gone, many are left with an abundance of pumpkins.

But instead of throwing them out, you can use these vegetables for a dessert that is decadent, guilt-free, and healthy — pumpkin tarts.

When Wellness coach Karen Yaworsky makes the treat, she keeps it vegan and gluten-free. She also does it without having to cook.

Yaworsky is holding a culinary workshop on Nov. 18, where she'll be teaching 15 people how to make her all-time favourite food creation.

She was a guest on All in a Day, this week. She shared the recipe for the healthy pumpkin tart on the show's D is for Dinner segment.

Pumpkin tart


  • 1 cup of raw pecans.
  • 1½ cups of medjool dates.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • 1 cup of raw cashews (soak in hot water for one hour).
  • ½ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • ½ cup of pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling).
  • ½ cup of maple syrup.
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil.
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Juice from half a lemon.


  1. Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap or use tin liners.
  2. Combine pecans, dates, and salt in a food processor and blend until well combined and sticky.
  3. Spoon mixture into muffin tins and press down to form pecan crust. Place in a freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. Combine other ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy to make tart filling.
  5. Remove tin from freezer and spoon filling over the pecan crusts.
  6. Sprinkle pecans on top of the filling and freeze for two to four hours.
  7. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving, and enjoy.