Pumpkin Chestnut Mousse with red beans:
Does this sound funky enough for you?
The best part is, no, make that the best parts are:
– No cooking
– Nutritious enough to be much more than dessert, indeed part of dinner.
And Gluten-free to boot!
No time to make dessert? I have here what it takes to make six ample servings of something absolutely delicious without turning on your oven or your stove. I admit it: I was in a mad scientist mood when I dreamed up this pumpkin chestnut mousse: The bean-pumpkin-chestnut trinity is as improbable as it gets, but it works! I knew a star was born, and it became one of my favorite comfort foods! All natural, and no cooking whatsoever!
Who knew beans could find their way into a dessert?
Just listen to what my son Yakov wrote me: “Ma, your unlikely bean pumpkin chestnut mousse concoction (I think that’s what you should call it) was delicioso! My kids gobbled it up, and I stole a few bites. Yummy!” At first he had looked too horrified to taste it after I rattled off the ingredients, even though I offered him a dollar bribe, just for old times’ sake, but then he reconsidered….. Morality: Do NOT rattle off funky ingredients! Especially when the said funky ingredients are blended and do their unseen magic, just offer a serving of the delicious stuff for dessert, and wait till it’s been devoured. Oh gosh I almost forgot: don’t talk about beans, OK?
Vacuum-packed chestnuts have recently become widely available, and a real pleasure to use in savory and sweet dishes. And if you happen to have freshly cooked pumpkin, of course use it.
- 11/2 cups natural canned pumpkin (100%pumpkin, not pie filling)
- 2 pouches Levana Nourishments Vanilla Bean
- 1 cup peeled vacuum-packed roasted chestnuts (about 5 ounces)
- 1 cup all-natural canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup can full-fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Process all ingredients in a food processor a full minute, until perfectly smooth. That's all! Your Pumpkin Chestnut pudding is ready. Pour into individual serving glasses. Store refrigerated until ready to serve. Makes 6 servings.