Paleo Pumpkin Custard

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*Written last week*

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the official start of the holiday season; a time to get together with family, and an opportunity to eat some delicious comfort food. As a person with unique dietary preferences, Thanksgiving has always been an occasion for me to try some new recipes. One year, I attempted a vegan cheesecake (using non-dairy milk and cream cheese); another year, I graduated in the dairy-free department, and moved onto a REAL vegan cheesecake, made with cashews. During my “meat-free years”, I made lentil balls and delicious collard green salads. And some years, I’ve eaten everything everyone else has, minus the gluten and the dairy. It’s an opportunity to try new things, which is always a passion of mine.

Most years, I tend to go overboard in the kitchen. Overwhelming myself, at the last minute, wishing I would have started earlier, or picked something easier, and so for that reason, this year is all about simplicity: with the menu and the ingredients.

We bought the turkey. It’s brining in the fridge, and last night, I decided to make my desserts ahead of time. This year, I’m making pumpkin custard. The recipe came from one of my dearest friends, Carrie. It’s easy, delicious and actually really healthy for you!

Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A, which is good for skin-health. It’s low-calorie dense, meaning it contains mostly water, and fills you up, on fewer calories. It’s high in antioxidants, in general, and is a good source of fiber.

Coconut is antifungal and antibacterial, and is very helpful in treating certain illnesses. Their high levels of antioxidants are helpful for skin and aging, as well.

Honey (when purchased locally) is a wonderful source of antioxidants, and great for allergies and colds.

Gelatin is great for gut health! It helps coat the lining of the stomach, and is a great source of protein and collagen! Collagen is helpful for bone health, as well as skin and nails, plus it the Lysince (an amino acid) helps promote restful sleep.


Paleo Pumpkin Custard

  • 1 can pumpkin

  • 1 TBSP honey

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

  • 1 TBSP gelatin (I use Vital Proteins)

  1. Mix pumpkin, honey and cinnamon in a bowl.

  2. Heat coconut milk, in a saucepan, but turn heat off before it boils.

  3. Slowly whisk in gelatin (working to get rid of any big pieces)

  4. Mix in heated milk/gelatin in with pumpkin.

  5. Pour into ramekins and refrigerate.


This recipe isn’t going to taste like pumpkin pie, FYI. My mom and my brother’s girlfriend both tried it, without knowing this, and I think they were wishing it was sweeter. The texture, however, is just like pumpkin pie (thanks to the gelatin). If you decide you do want it to be sweeter, you could add in more honey.


Thanksgiving aside, this recipe is one I like to make every so often, for a quick and healthy dessert. It’s quickly become a staple at my home. Let me know if it becomes one in yours!

xoxo,

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Super Thick Vanilla "Nice" Cream!

Enjoying the last day of summer, outside, with some nice cream!

Enjoying the last day of summer, outside, with some nice cream!

Ice cream is a summer staple for a lot of us, and for good reason! Cold, thick and creamy - this sweet treat makes the perfect dessert, and like my grandma used to say, "melts around the edges!"

For me, giving up dairy resulted in a period where I realized all of the ice creams I could no longer indulge in. But soon after, I realized all of the delicious non-dairy alternatives there were! While I still do enjoy partaking in these delicious alternatives, I still can't help but feel a little bit of guilt - there's a lot of added sugar in there!

"Nice" cream, simply, is ice cream made from a banana base (usually). It's a non-dairy option, but also an option you can feel better about consuming; free from added sugars and gums. I love nice cream because it allows me to change it up; bananas mixed with anything else that sounds good enough to satisfy my sweet tooth (or teeth, if we're being honest).

Some of my favorite nice cream add-ins include: cacao, nut butter, local honey, superfoods, strawberries and lately (if you'd believe it or not), cauliflower! It's true, cauliflower takes on any flavor it's mixed with, making it a wonderful way to incorporate more veggies into your diet!

SO, what's been MY favorite nice cream recipe, in the past week?! Read on!


Super Thick, Vanilla "Nice" Cream:

Thick, creamy and delicious! Add in cacao at the end!

Thick, creamy and delicious! Add in cacao at the end!

  • 1 cup frozen (pre-steamed) cauliflower
  • 1 cup frozen (pre-steamed) zucchini (skin removed)
  • 1 cup frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I've been using Coyo Natural because it's thick and delicious)
  • a splash (or two) of any sort of non-dairy milk alternative (I've been using Oatly)
  • a scoop of Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Peptides
  • cacao mixed it, at the very end

* Pre-steaming cauliflower and zucchini i(before freezing) is important! Without doing this, you might become a little gassy (since consuming raw veggies tends to do this). I steam the veggies and then let cool, completely, before storing in a freezer bag, in the freezer.

* Vital Proteins is one of my favorite brands on the planet! They contain no artificial sugars or sweeteners; just real ingredients. Another plus, collagen is great for gut, skin, bone, joint and sleep health! Vital Proteins products can be purchased online, and you can save 20% off by subscribing (which you can cancel at anytime)! The vanilla flavor contains real vanilla bean powder, which adds on to the delicious vanilla flavor! 

I add in all ingredients (minus the Vital Proteins) and blend, on high, until it's very thick and creamy. Then, I add in my scoop of Vital Proteins and mix again, until everything is blended. Once it reaches a desired consistency, I add in a spoonful of cacao powder, and hand-mix. Pour into a bowl, and enjoy!


xoxo,

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