Pumpkin Pie Brownies

When Autumn rolls around your sweet tooth starts asking tough questions. Brownies? Or pumpkin? Pumpkin? Or brownies? Instead of having a sweet tooth mutiny, call a ceasefire with this luscious concoction: a brownie base with pumpkin in the batter and then pumpkin pie filling poured on top and baked together in perfect harmony. Studded with chocolate chips, this makes a perfect treat for Halloween.

for the brownie layer
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 cup canned or pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup Dutch {cocoa powder}
1 tablespoon tapioca flour or 1 tablespoon {arrowroot powder} or cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
for the pumpkin layer
3/4 cup canned or pureed pumpkin
2 tablespoons tapioca flour or 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or {cornstarch}
1/2 cup nondairy milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground {ginger}
1/4 teaspoon ground {cinnamon}
1  ground {nutmeg}
1  ground {allspice}
to decorate
 a handful of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch springform pan, or use a 9-inch square pan, preferably lined with parchment paper.

To make the brownie layer:
Melt the chocolate. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, tapioca flour, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine, then mix in the melted chocolate.

To make the pumpkin layer:
Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

To assemble:
Use a spatula to spread the brownie layer mixture into the prepared baking pan, taking care to bring the batter to the edges of the pan. Pour the pumpkin layer over it, leaving a little room at the edges if you can. Bake for 30 minutes, until the pumpkin layer looks fairly firm (a little jiggling is okay) and has cracked at the edges a bit.

Let the brownies cool for 20 minutes and then transfer the pan to the fridge to set for at least an hour and a half. Once set, decorate with chocolate chips, slice into wedges, and serve.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 20-25 min
let cool 30 min, chill 1 1/2 hrs before serving

Cook Time: 30 min

Servings: makes 8 brownies

Recipe By: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

From:  Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
Used with permission of Da Capo Lifelong Books

Chef Suggestions
A 15- or 16-ounce can of pumpkin will equal the amount needed for this recipe.