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Petite Pumpkin Pudding

What you need: 

3 1/2 cups very vanilla nondairy milk
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
cinnamon, to taste
ginger, to taste
nutmeg, to taste
1 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
1 tablespoon vegan margarine
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, optional

What you do: 

1. In the blender, add milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, spices, salt, and xanthan gum.
2. In covered pot, put steel-cut oats, mixture from blender, margarine, walnuts, coconut, and raisins.
3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer until oats are soft (approximately 10 minutes), continuing to stir. If it gets too thick, add a little hot water or more milk and continue to simmer.
4. Remove from heat and let cool for approximately 1 hour. Place in serving dish(es) and chill in fridge for 4 to 6 hours.
This is a great Fall/Holiday dessert. Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes (plus 4 - 6 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Could you use corn starch in place of the xanthan gum, do you think? Maybe a slightly larger quantity. I don't want to seek out and purchase xanthan gum if I likely won't use it again and already have corn starch at home.

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Alright I have to comment on this again. Preparing this for the family and friends whether they eat it or not...hands down. I think it is the healthy approach and delish. Even if they don't like, it leaves more for me.Of course they are more torwards the turkey which  I won't eat (more for them) but this dish is really good.

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After reading all the reviews I have got to try this one for Non-Turkey Day(Thursday).
It sounds so de-lish.

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Since I originally made this, I've tried variations that work well, too.  Reducing the maple syrup by half and adding a half a cup of coconut milk is nice.  Once I even made it without any maple syrup and doubled thre raisins, and that was really good, too.  A less sweet version, but still the raisins give it a nice sweetness.  You can also use unsweetened soymilk if you'd like to further reduce the sugar.

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Wow!  This is lovely!  I used a bit of apple juice and vanilla and not so much maple syrup, it turned out perfectly sweet.  Thank you thank you!

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hey!! thanks for this recipe, it is quite marvelous. mine didnt turn out so well.... haha.... i think because i used brown rice syrup and molasses as sweeteners and im not really used to cooking with brown rice syrup.

no worries, i will try and try again!!!!!!!

:)

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Thank you healthymomma. I'll see if I can find some so I can try this recipe.

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Not a dumb question at all! Xanthan gum is pronounced zanthan (soft th sound. It's grown on corn. Some of it's uses are as a thickener, binder and it's used as a stabilizer in some ready-made stuff. It's in lots of gluten free flour mixes.  Here's more: http://www.answers.com/topic/xanthan-gum
Guar gum can be used in the same quantities. I've seen it at health food stores.

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Dumb question...what is xanthium gum & where can I buy it? Health food store or regular grocery?

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Oh wow... the house smelled great while I was making this. I saw this last night and knew I had to try it for breakfast. I just used what I had--plain unsweetened soymilk, rolled oats+precooked oat groats (whole oats), and pumpkin pie spice. I added a bit more oats b/c it seemed very soupy and I also wanted it not so sweet. I toasted the walnuts and forgot about them so they were added just before serving. Very good that way. I will eat this w/o sharing for every meal until it's all gone :)

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