Aside from making one delicious pie, Pumpkin is also packed with all sorts of nutritional benefits giving you the perfect excuse to have another slice!
Did you know just one cup of pumpkin puree can protect and support your immune system this time of year? Let me break it down for you a bit more…
A cup of cooked pumpkin contains over 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A which supports the health of your eyes. Not to mention vitamin A also plays a role in supporting cell reproduction, bone health, the immune function and overall healing. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give pumpkins, peppers and carrots their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A for extra support for your pretty peepers.
While most people associate potassium with bananas, it’s pumpkin that actually contains more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana's 422. A little boost of potassium can help to restore the body's balance of electrolytes after an intense workout and keeps muscles performing at their best.
Pumpkin is also a great source of Vitamin C, containing over 20% of your daily recommended allowance. Vitamin C can help to ward off the cold or flu. During this time of year, especially, it’s important to protect your immune system.
What better way to support your immune system and overall health, than with this good-for-you Pumpkin Pie?
1 1/4cup coconut milk
1 cup cashews
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tablespoon agar agar
1 Tablespoon pumpkin spice
1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
Preheat the oven to 330°F. Using a high powered blender puree all of your ingredients until smooth. Pour contents of blender into the prepared pie crust and bake for 1 hour.
Allow pie to cool 20-30 minutes before slicing in. Keep stored in the refridgerator for up to one week. And no worries, the pie freezes well too!