Sweet Baked Pumpkin


This healthy and tasty side dish can be served as a dinner or a dessert dish!  It's a super-easy recipe, with room for alterations/substitutions to suit your preferences. The hardest part of prep is scooping out the seeds from raw pumpkin- but a task well worth the effort when you are rewarded with home-made roasted seeds (an A+ healthy and tasty snack- Check out The World's Healthiest Foods low-down).

For the stuffing, the quantity made should fit inside the pumpkin (I had a 5 lb).  I mixed the below combination of dried fruit, nuts, seeds and cacao nibs - but again be creative and cater to your likes!


    1/2 cup EACH: cranberries, golden raisins, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews (pecans are excellent to use in this recipe), and (sweetened or not) Big Tree Farms cacao nibs.
    Put mixture inside pumpkin and mix the below ingredients:
    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/3 cup coconut sugar
    2 Tbls Ginger People Ginger Jam
    2 Tbls coconut oil
    1 Tbls butter
    dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves--I baked with a coupe of cinnamon sticks.
    Pour over seed, fruit, nut mixture...stir in and roast in 350 degree oven for about 1 1/2 hours.  An aromatic and beautiful dish results!  Dig into the tender flesh and scoop out part pumpkin part "stuffing"... can be a side dish on its own, delicious over ice cream or custard for a ssavory sweet dessert!


      Enjoy the below article about the wonderful health benefits of pumpkin provided by Dr. Mercola:

      Pumpkin is a type of winter squash but deserves special mention. It is an excellent source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (which converts into vitamin A in your body). Pumpkin is also rich in fiber, with three grams in a one-cup serving, and you can consume the seeds, too, for additional benefits (like immune system and prostate support). Other notable nutrients in pumpkin include vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin, copper, and manganese, along with vitamin E, B vitamins, folate, iron, and phosphorus. Taken together, pumpkin provides a powerful blend of nutrients that work together to synergistically benefit your health. As reported in Nutrition Research Reviews:13

      “Pumpkin is one of the well-known edible plants and has substantial medicinal properties due to the presence of unique natural edible substances. It contains several phyto-constituents belonging to the categories of alkaloids, flavonoids, and palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. Various important medicinal properties including anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and others have been well documented.”