sneaky pumpkin pie pudding
Misty is too young to work out what I feed him is healthy… Ha. I find it’s a lot harder to convince fully grown adults to try something healthy. Maybe it’s just the word healthy that freaks them out… the assumption that because something is good for you, it’s going to taste terrible. Or it’s rabbit food/bird seed/grass clippings. Yeah, I’ve heard all the jokes. Ha, ha. they’re getting pretty old now. Bite your tongue, Lou, bite your tongue.
Why do people get excited over food that is laden with sugar/trans fats/white processed flour/additives/E numbers?
‘Oh I’m being so naughty eating this, but it’s so delicious I can’t help myself!’
Yeah, I know your brain + mouth are telling you that it’s tasty, but is the impact on your body really worth it? What happens after years and years of eating in this way? Your taste buds are trained into thinking they need sugar/artificial flavours/trans fats to enjoy food. No wonder you screw your face up when offered a fresh salad or piece of fruit.
I’m not even going to start on a rant about kids that are fed this way from day dot… how are they meant to know that it’s not real food?
The best way to try and coax people into eating something relatively good for them is to not announce that it’s healthy. Sneaky? Who me?
Anyway, this recipe sneaks in a lot of nutrition packaged up as a pumpkin pie pudding. It’s also a good way to introduce a “new” ingredient (buckwheat) for those unfamiliar with one of my favourites. For fussy babes and boring adults alike, dressing anything up as a dessert can help in tempting those terrified of anything labelled “healthy.” Anyway, I don’t need any convincing, so I actually use this as a spread… a cereal topper… with fresh fruit…. or just as is by the spoonful.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
(Vegan, gluten/wheat/soy/cane sugar/nut free)
- 1 + 1/2C cooked pumpkin
- 1/2t mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice)
- 1/4t sea salt
- 2Tcoconut butter (or sunflower seed butter/almond butter if you’re not sensitive)
- 6 medjool dates microwaved for 2 minutes in 1/4C water
- 1/3C soakedraw buckwheat groats (soak over night = covered with water… rinse off the ‘goo,’ discard water, and you’re ready to go).
- 2t maple syrup (or honey/rice syrup)
- 1/4C milk (I used almond)
- Blend in a food processor until smooth.
If you’ve had 3 hours sleep and 2 really really blow-your-face off strong coffees, maybe you could play with cookie cutters and make towers like me. Loser.