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Pumpkin Date Bread Pudding Versatile For Picky Eaters

Looking for a unique seasonal dessert to serve at your holiday dinner? This recipe will give you a pumpkin fix, and you won't miss your traditional pie.

pumpkin date pudding slice

Photo: Stephanie Weaver (Recipe Renovator)

This recipe, as written, bakes up into a dense texture that reminds me of bread pudding I've had in Puerto Rico.

Pumpkin Date Bread Pudding

This recipe was created for the many families dealing with allergies. Notes on how to adapt it are at the end, if one of these ingredients doesn’t work for you.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Method:

  1. Soak 4-6 pitted dates in filtered water: 30 minutes for fresh dates, 1-2 hours for dried dates. Drain, reserving the water. Put in a blender with enough of the soaking water to blend into a paste. You can use this to sweeten baked goods and smoothies. The soaking water is a good base for smoothies as well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Oil a pie dish or baking dish and set aside. (You can make this in a gluten-free pie crust. If using pie crust, no need to oil the dish.)
  3. Put in the blender: 1 cup filtered water, sorghum flour, spices, and flax meal. Blend and let sit five minutes.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, blending well. Add the raisins last.
  5. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes until set. This would be nice with a whipped topping or ice cream if there is one that works with your allergies.

If you use a milk substitute, use one cup of milk instead of the water and sorghum flour. If you can’t use flax meal, you’ll need to use the same amount of egg replacer. Using soy or nut milk will give this a more custard-y texture.

Courtesy of Recipe Renovator

Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver, aka The Recipe Renovator, currently lives in San Diego, and loves taking recipes and remaking them with healthier ingredients. She has a Master's in public health in nutrition education from the University of Illinois, and writes as a home cook with a love of delicious, healthy food. Please visit her blog Recipe Renovator.

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