Pumpkin is one of the most popular foods of the season. Delicious, healthy and versatile, it can be included in so many delicious dishes. Therefore, if you want something healthy, easy to do and special, try my recipe of roasted pumpkin dessert.
Roasted pumpkin dessert – a gluten, dairy and soy free recipe
Most of the times, I try to follow these guidelines: no gluten, no dairy and no soy. At the beginning it was indeed a bit hard, but with a little bit of creativity and determination, I totally transformed my menu. Moreover, the dishes were even tastier and more spectacular, equally appreciated by my family and friends.
Roasted pumpkin in a cup – a simple dessert, with a nice touch
As Holidays are approaching, this recipe can easily have a place on the “festive menu”. Therefore, in diets, fasting, but also on celebrations, roasted pumpkin is the perfect choice!
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The benefits of pumpkin: recommended for those who exercise, prevents ageing and cardiovascular disease
Native to North America, pumpkin is an important source of minerals and vitamins. Pumpkins contain vitamins B6, A, C, E, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and folate. Included in studies worldwide, pumpkin has a lot of benefits for our health.
Rich in proteins, pumpkin is essential for muscle tissue and recovering after injuries. Thus, pumpkin is recommended for athletes and for all those who exercise regularly.
Pumpkin contains beta-carotene and some other antioxidants that fight against free radicals so it could prevent cardiovascular diseases. The same substances are great for a better health, longevity, and they also fight against cancer.
Pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin A: 250g of cooked and blended pumpkin gives us 200% of the DRD of vitamin A. This vitamin is essential for eye sight, skin and hair.
Healthy Tips & Tricks – pumpkin seeds are also very healthy
Pumpkin seeds are a delicious, healthy snack and, besides, they also have a lot of benefits. Studies show pumpkin seeds could have anti-depressants effects, could lower bad cholesterol and could have positive effects on our cardiovascular system.
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What ingredients do you need to prepare this roasted pumpkin dessert?
Do not “cling” too much on ingredients and the quantities. For example, I always use pumpkin, gluten free cereals, walnuts, coconut oil, but sometimes I leave aside some other ingredients such as nutmeg or vegetal almond cream. The same happens with quantities: it depends on how many “cups” you want to cook and what preferences do you have in terms of flavours.
pumpkin/butternut squash: 1-2 (depends on the size)
gluten free biscuits (I use from Nairn's: gluten free biscuits with oats – they have honey instead of sugar)
gluten free cereals/gluten free corn flakes
vegetal almond cream (optional)
coconut oil/olive oil
honey/coconut sugar/agave syrup
1 pinch of salt
1. Peel the pumpkin, take out that core with the seeds (keep the pumpkin seeds to dry, roast and enjoy later), and then cut into cubes or slices. Place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
2. Sprinkle some coconut oil/olive oil over them and powder with cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. The salt is great to bring out the pumpkin flavour.
3. Put in the preheated oven (at 200 Celsius degrees) for about 40 minutes or till the pumpkin is soft.
4. After it is tender and almost cold, put it in the blender. Add 1 banana, 50-100 g almond cream (optional), honey (to taste), cinnamon and nutmeg (who wants more flavour) and mix everything till you get a mixture similar to a thicker cream.
5. Arrange the ingredients on layers in a cup or glass.
6. Put 3-4 tablespoon of pumpkin mixture, then 2 broken biscuits, a pinch of cinnamon, then another layer of pumpkin cream, then a layer of gluten free cereals or cornflakes (to be a little bit crunchy) and the last layer must be the pumpkin puree. Over it, add the roasted walnuts.
I know a diet from where you cut off so many food groups could be seen as very restrictive. Yet, it is not always like this. If you like to cook, to be creative in the kitchen and to come with unusual but tasty combinations, the result is going to be amazing.
Moreover, let’s do not forget that what we eat, the culinary delights we offer to ourselves every day, are also food for our soul.