CHAI SPICED PUMPKIN CUSTARD (vegan, paleo)

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If you have been craving something pumpkin and spice, but don’t fancy yourself a baker, or just want to try something new, then this recipe is for you.  My Chai Spiced Pumpkin Custard is rich, creamy, perfectly sweet and spicy, and it’s filled with lots of fiber and healthy fats so you can feel great about indulging in this decadent treat.  It’s also incredibly simple to make.  You just blend the ingredients and then pour into ramekins and let it set up in the fridge.  No cooking, no fuss!  My boys absolutely love this custard, and it’s something that I am happy to give to them at any time of day.  Whether you are looking for a new healthy dessert option for your family, or planning an autumnal meal for guests, I hope you enjoy this pumpkin deliciousness as much as we do.

Prep time: 10 minutes       Makes 6 servings

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup full fat coconut milk, from the can (I used the Thai Kitchen brand)

2/3 cup + 2 tbsp pureed pumpkin

1/3 cup coconut butter or coconut manna (not coconut oil), room temperature

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp chai masala* (purchase at a health food store or Indian grocery, or check out my recipe here)

pinch of fine sea salt

*You can use a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in place of the chai masala, or make your own spice mix by blending 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp clove, 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp of nutmeg and a pinch of black pepper (all ground).  Mix well, then measure out 1 teaspoon for your recipe.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Place 6 small ramekins or serving bowls on a tray, and set aside.  My ramekins can hold 1/2 cup each, but I filled them with about 1/3 cup of custard to create 6 servings.

If your coconut butter or coconut manna has separated in the jar, you’ll need to stir it before adding it to your recipe.  To do this, close the lid tightly and place the jar in a bowl of hot water to allow it to soften for about 5 minutes, then carefully stir until the coconut solids and the coconut oil are completely blended.

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This is one of my favorite brands of coconut butter. You can find it at any health food store, and I bought mine at the GNC in Manoa Marketplace.

Place all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and blend with a hand mixer or hand immersion blender until the salt has dissolved and the custard is completely smooth.

Pour about 1/3 cup of your prepared custard into each ramekin.  I used a measuring cup with a spout to achieve a clean pour.

Place your filled cups in the fridge, and allow the custard to set up for at least 4 hours.  Cover with plastic wrap once it has set, to keep it fresh.  It’s best eaten within a few days, although I doubt it’ll last that long!

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