For cream mixture:
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons granulated stevia/monk fruit
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sweetener, ground flaxseeds, pumpkin spice and salt and whisk until smooth.
- Add pumpkin puree, yolks and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Stir until thoroughly combined. Gradually add in the whipping cream, whisking between each addition. Once all of the cream has been added, bring the mixture to medium heat.
- Heat the pudding mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 4 to 7 minutes. When thickened, remove from heat and transfer into a bowl. Place the bowl in the fridge, removing to stir every 10 minutes.
- While the base mixture is cooling in the fridge, in a medium bowl, beat 1 cup whipping cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Add sweetener and vanilla extract and beat just until combined.
- Once the base mixture has cooled to room temperature, carefully fold the whipped cream mixture into the pudding base until fully incorporated.
- Transfer the pudding into small serving containers, cover and then place in the fridge for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Here’s Why Eating Pumpkin Is Good for You
Pumpkins are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with cucumbers, cantaloupes and squashes. Even though they’ve been grown in North America for over 5,000 years, only a few people know that they’re actually not classified as vegetables. Rather, pumpkins are considered fruits by botanists since they contain the seeds of the plant.
Stevia: The Sweeter and Safer Alternative to Sugar
Sugar makes your body more susceptible to diseases, such as liver damage, metabolic dysfunction and increased uric acid levels. Artificial sweeteners are also found to raise your insulin levels and increase your chances of developing cancer. These are exactly the reasons why I recommend stevia as a natural sweetener, especially for desserts. It’s a safe alternative to table sugar and artificial sweeteners since it doesn’t cause serious health problems or increase blood sugar levels.
Stevia is extracted from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, which gets its sweet taste from naturally occurring glycosides. This plant is grown in certain parts of South America, where it has been used for centuries as a natural sweetener.2 Stevia is almost 300 times sweeter than table sugar, so a small amount can go a long way in sweetening your food or drink. Plus, it contains zero calories, so you can consume it without worrying about gaining weight.
*(Info taken from Mercola Recipes website)