Delicious Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin reminds me of fall – Halloween, leaves turning bright colors, cooler temperatures and outdoor festive parties! Most of us think of a pumpkin as something we carve into a funny smile and place on our doorstep at Halloween but pumpkin is a wonderful fruit to eat and is available all year round.
Low in fat and calories, pumpkin is loaded with nutrients that help us stay young and healthy. Pumpkins bright orange color can be attributed to the high level of carotenoids that convert to vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A has been noted for its anti aging properties, promoting healthy vision and ensuring proper immunity. Pumpkin is also an excellent source of magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid and fiber. The low calorie and fat content along with the high nutrient density make this fruit ideal for incorporating into your healthy diet plan.
Cooking with pumpkin is so easy and there are endless ways to incorporate this wonder food into your diet. One of my favorite all year round recipes are Grain Free Pumpkin Muffins. This week I am posting several pumpkin recipes so be on the lookout for my famous pumpkin muffins along with Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal, Guiltless Pumpkin Pie, Grain Free Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Free Bread, Grain Free Pumpkin Waffles and Pumpkin Pie Pudding shown below. Enjoy the season and remember to buy organic when possible!
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cashew, almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ginger root
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
3 packets stevia or to taste
1. In medium size mixing bowl combine chia seeds with milk. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes or more so it starts to thicken.
2. Add pumpkin puree and vanilla to chia seed mixture and combine well.
3. Add the spices and stevia to the chia seed mixture and use a whisk to combine it together well.
4. Pour into 4 equal servings ((I use small glass bowls).
5. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Fat: 5 g
Carb: 6 g
Fiber: 6 g
Protein: 3 g