Try This No-Sugar-Added Pumpkin Sweet Treat
In the vegetable world, pumpkins deserve an award for versatility. They are perfect for carving jack-o'-lanterns, their seeds are nutritious and delicious when roasted, and their edible meat can be made into creamy soup or turned into a sweet concoction.
Pumpkin is low in calories – only 26 per 100 grams – and is free of saturated fat and cholesterol. It provides plenty of dietary fiber, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, E and B.
Why wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy pumpkin for dessert? Here is a low-carb pumpkin recipe made with diabetes-friendly stevia, a sweetener that does not raise glucose levels and contains no calories.
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Custard
- 1 can pure pumpkin (15 oz.)
- 1/2 cup milk (1 percent milk recommended)
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp. vanilla liquid stevia*
- Topping (optional): dairy-free whipped cream, sprinkle of nutmeg
*You can purchase vanilla liquid stevia online at sites such as iHerb.com or Amazon.com.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Spray 6 ramekin or custard cups with a nonstick cooking spray.
- Mix together in a large bowl the pumpkin, milk, eggs, spices and stevia.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the ramekins.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
- It is best to serve this cold. It is extra delicious when topped with dairy-free whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Per serving: 76 calories, 3g fat, 7g carbs, 3g sugar, 56mg sodium, 2g fiber, 5g protein, 125mg cholesterol.
- What is the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter? Pumpkin Pi.
- What did one jack-o'-lantern say to the other? Cut it out!
- How do you repair a broken jack-o'-lantern? With a pumpkin patch.
- Why don’t pumpkins quarrel? They have no stomach for fighting.
Recipe source: Sugar Free Mom