Thanksgiving time is not the same without pumpkin pie. I love love love pumpkin pie. In fact I love pumpkin anything. I made a pumpkin chili the other day that was eaten so fast that I didn’t get pictures of it. Darn, guess I’ll have to make it again. This year is not going to be different, even though I am not eating grains. I will have a pumpkin dessert on the table.
Pumpkins are royalty of the nutrition world. They take the throne in their lively color which is the herald of their strong content of beta carotene. Beta carotene… pause for applause….is one of the most amazing nutrients we can consume for overall health. It is an antioxidant that destroys free radicals in our systems, supports eye health, reduces the aging process and is linked to prevention of cancer and heart disease. Wow, how good does it get!
The crowning glory of pumpkins is that there are only 83 calories and a mega 7 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked pumpkin! They are also a good source of Vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron. Pumpkins were aptly represented as the gilded vehicle in Cinderella.
I have once again, sacrificed myself, my husband and my mother to experiment on primal/ gluten free pumpkin desserts. (Love this job!) It started with one of my old favorite recipes that I got from Weight Watchers so long ago that it calls for a 16 oz can of pumpkin puree. (When did they turn those cans into 15 oz?)
It is a pumpkin flan that I make every year before Thanksgiving, ya know, just to get us in the mood. It is ridiculously easy to make and very delicious. I took that recipe and tweaked it a bit here and there and got an incredible dessert that is guilt and gluten free. You’re going to love it! The chili powder and orange makes a wonderful and uncommon combo. Happy Thanksgiving!
Primal Pumpkin Flan
If you want an elegant dessert, you can pop these out of the ramekins to serve. Serve with whip cream and an orange slice on top. Leave them in the ramekins for a more casual affair.
1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin puree
¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ teaspoon of chipotle chili powder
Or ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder
½ cup of maple syrup
1 cup of coconut milk
Zest of one orange
¼ cup of orange juice
1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get out your ramekins and lightly oil them. Add the can of pumpkin puree to a mixing bowl then sprinkle all the spices on the puree. Mix well with a blender or by hand. Next, stir in the maple syrup, coconut milk, eggs and the orange zest. Mix this combo together well. In a small cup, add the arrowroot powder and slowly pour the orange juice into the bowl while mixing with a fork. You want the arrowroot powder to dissolve nicely so you won’t have any chunks. Pour this into the pumpkin mixture and mix a till well acquainted.
Use a measuring cup to fill your ramekins up with the pumpkin goodness. Set ramekins in a high rimed baking dish and set in the oven. Pour hot water around the ramekins to a depth of one inch. Bake until these little nuggets are firm around the edges and slightly puffed about 30-40 minutes. The best way to get them out of the oven with out getting hot water sloshed on you is to remove them from the pan, one at a time. Let the water filled pan cool down in there after you turn the oven off. After they have cooled, tuck them in the fridge to chill. Serve with whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup and orange zest. Sprinkle with just a touch of chili powder before serving, if you dare!