Pumpkin Pudding

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Dig into fall's favorite flavor with this easy pudding recipe that's full of pumpkin, spice and other things that are nice!

Helping give this pumpkin pudding its jiggle is agar-agar, a plant-based alternative to gelatin made from seaweed.

Agar-agar has no flavor, odor or color, so it’s a great option for vegans and vegetarians to use to make jams, jellies, pudding and other desserts and dishes that require a bit of thickening.

Naturally low in calories but high in fiber, beta carotene and antioxidants, pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse that can be enjoyed year-round.

Its rich mix of vitamins and minerals – think vitamins A, C and E, along with iron and folate – have been shown to help immune cells work more efficiently so that your immune system can better fight off infections and heal faster.

Enjoy this pudding with a sprinkle of Deliciously Simple Muesli, or for a savory treat, top it with a handful of Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.


One more reason to dig into this dessert – it's basically a crust-less pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Pudding

Recipe courtesy of the Straub Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program

Serves 6


2 tablespoons white agar-agar flakes

1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk

1 15-ounce can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/4 cup agave syrup

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dash of salt


1. Combine agar-agar with soy milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and whisk frequently until agar-agar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, agave, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt. Mix well.

3. Pour milk mixture over pumpkin and mix well.

4. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a blender, being careful to fill the blender no more than two-thirds of the way full. Blend on a low speed until smooth.

5. Pour into individual serving cups and place in refrigerator to chill for several hours.


Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 91; Carbohydrates: 18.4g; Protein: 2.6g; Total Fat: 1.3g; Saturated Fat: 0.3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Dietary Fiber: 3.1g; Sodium: 31mg



Published on: October 10, 2018