Superfood in Season - Pumpkin

Pumpkin is bursting with anti-oxidants which fight those free radicals that age us, and carotenoids  (the precursors of vitamin A) which keep our eyes healthy.   Together these help prevent cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and even cancer.  It also provides fibre to help keep your bowels healthy.  The seeds are a source of protein and magnesium for healthy bones.  Magnesium is also necessary for healthy levels of serontin: if levels are low, mood is affected as are some cognitive functions like memory and learning.
Not that you should need convincing to include this versatile vegetable (scientifcally a fruit) in your diet while it is in season (October and November).  Here is a healthy cake to start you off but look out for other ways to use pumpkin in the coming weeks.

Pumpkin Cake with Coconut 'Cream' topping

200g organic virgin coconut oil
20g stevia 
200g organic rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 organic eggs (or equivalent)
400g roasted pumpkin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger 
50g chopped walnuts + extra for topping
For the coconut cream
'Solid' part of a can of coconut milk (tip place the coconut milk can in the fridge for several hours)
stevia to taste
Cream the coconut oil and the stevia.  Puree the roasted pumpkin in a blender and add to the mixture.  Mix the rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger in a separate bowl. Add eggs and rice flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix.  Stir in the walnuts then transfer to a greased loaf tin.  Bake at 200 degrees centigade 35-45 minutes.  Test with a skewer placed in the middle of the cake.  If it comes out clean, the cake is done.  Turn out onto a cooling rack.
To make the topping place the solid coconut 'cream' on top of a can of cool coconut milk in a bowl.  Add stevia to taste and mix with a hand blender until a whipped cream consistency.  Spread over the cooled cake and sprinkle chopped walnuts over the 'cream'.  Yum!!

Janet x

Recipe Copyright © 2014 40plusandalliswell

1 comment:

  1. 3 Studies REVEAL Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you actually kill fat by eating coconut fats (in addition to coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from major medical journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!


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