Surely, this should be a post of a strawberry dessert for the holiday, but my goodness it is cold here in Middle TN! We escaped the snow but it is cold enough for snow and very windy and this weather is making me think of the last of the winter-time foods. Easter provides SOOOOO many opportunities to over-indulge in nasty high-sugar and fat treats, why not indulge in something that tastes great, is very easy and will win fans among guests and family alike?
We don’t need dairy or gluten for this fine recipe. Grab that remaining can of pumpkin and some cashews and let’s go!!
This recipe began as part of pumpkin pie. The inside part. :-)
As I licked the spatula after spooning the filling into the pie I decided to skip the crust and the baking next time and just go for the filling. Everyone in my household is so glad I did. They get this much more frequently without the demand of a pie shell (no small feat in this GF household) or baking time. I thank Food 52 for this delightful addition to our dessert repertoire. It will grace the table at my Easter gathering.
Plant Based Pumpkin Pudding for the Peeps
2.5 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup cashews soaked for at least 3 hours in water and drained
1/2 cup sugar (original recipe calls for 3/4 – I don’t think it’s necessary, but just so’s ya know!)
2 Tbsp. tapioca starch
2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
1.5 tsp. vanilla (original recipe calls for 1 tsp.)
1.5 tsp cinnamon (original only 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cloves
2 Tbsp – 4 Tbsp. almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
Place all of this in a blender or food processor and whiz it up to creamy perfection. Add more milk to desired consistency if you want it thinner.
That’s it! Schmop it into bowls:
and everyone will say, “Oh my, this makes me want to hop like a bunny!” Or something like that.
I also decided that instead of eating Peeps this year (OMG what IS in there anyway) we will make a Peeps diorama. I will provide Peeps of different colors and species (;-)) as well as scraps of felt, feathers, and construction paper so we can dress up our Peeps and put them into an action scene. Much better than eating them! Alternatively, and I highly recommend this, you can put a Peep in the microwave…. give it about 8 seconds at a time and watch how it inflates and then recedes. This is indeed great fun for the whole family. Be careful because I imagine cleaning up and exploded Peep would not be fun. For more Peeps fun check out the annual contest held by The Washington Post for Peeps dioramas.
And have a wonderful and blessed (and hopefully warm) week blog-land Peeps!
This post was shared at the Creative HomeAcre Hop.