Keto Pumpkin Mousse
THEME: #212 LET’S CELEBRATE FALL
My first Fall experience
It was in the year 2013 when hubby and I made our first trip to Montreal to visit our son. It’s when also we first experienced the fall or autumn season. The colours of fall is truly one of nature’s miracle. When we reached Montreal early Sept the leaves on the trees were still green. By the end of the month the green leaves were changing colors. You get to see hues of yellow, orange, red and purple. Not all trees change colour during fall. Some of the more famous trees that change color are sugar maple(turns first yellow, then orange and finally red), red maple (turns dark red or yellow), bald cypress (turns orange red), black tupelo (can be yellow, orange, red, purple or scarlet all on one branch) sassafras(deep orange, scarlet, purple and yellow), aspen(turns yellow) and sourwood(turns yellow, red or even purple).
Why do leaves change colour in Fall
The leaves of these trees already have carotene and xanthophyll pigments along with chlorophyll. During summer the chlorophyll manages to mask the carotene and xanthophyll because of its intense green colour. During summer the chlorophyll manufactures the food for the tree. Changes in temperature and length of daylight during fall or autumn results in the chlorophyll breaking down and the green colour disappears allowing the other pigment colors to show up. Also during that time the red anthocyanin pigment begins to develop resulting in red and purple leaves. The intensity of the colours depends on the weather. A cool, dry and clear day is best for the colors.
What does Fall mean?
Fall or autumn is the time for harvest, a bit of rain. Its the season for fresh corn, apples, pears, pumpkins, chestnuts, cranberries, kale, Swiss chard, cauliflower, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pomegranate, figs, grapes and Brussel sprouts. It was during this season that I saw for the first time colored stem chards, from red to yellow and orange, I saw purple and yellow cauliflower, blue and red corn besides the normal yellow and white ones, and purple carrots.
Falls means that Halloween and ThanksGiving both celebrated in US and Canada are just round the corner. That’s the time you’ll see pumpkins, corn stalks, apples, grapes etc on any Thanksgiving motifs.
Why am I rambling on about Fall you may wonder especially when neither India or Kenya experience Fall. Well, for this week’s theme Poonam who blogs at Annapurna, decided to tickle our brains to find out a bit more about Fall/Autumn and accordingly prepare a dish. Talking about Fall fresh produce, we are able to use some of the produces also to create some Indian version of dishes like Poonam’s Pumpkin Oambal, Corn Bhel, or Gobi Ke Parathe .
What did I decide to make for this theme?
A trip to the local sabjiwala’s shop to hunt for a Fall ingredient, I had to narrow it down to either pumpkin or sweet potato. I’ve loved using pumpkin in bakes like the Pumpkin Banana Bread Muffins , Italian Pumpkin Bread or Spiced Pumpkin Bread Rolls.
Its during my first experience of Fall that I also tasted a Pumpkin Spice Latte. With a bit of chill in the air, cupping your hands over this spicy drink is so comforting.
Some of my relatives and friends have been pestering to make some Keto recipes. Well, initially I thought what can you really make without grains, without most of the vegetables and hardly any fruits, no sugar at all including honey, maple syrup. Finally, I decided to make a dessert using pumpkin. Yes pumpkin is allowed on a keto diet. Basically, anything that is high in carbohydrates is not allowed.
Anyway, I’m no expert on Keto diet so wouldn’t get into that. I have a cream cheese mousse recipe that I’d bookmarked so decided to take the risk and add some pumpkin puree and also replaced the white sugar with some sweeteners. End result, hubby and I both enjoyed the dessert, didn’t miss the sugar or the biscuit or cookie crumb layer. I created the layer at the bottom to make the dessert more interesting.
What is a mousse?
A mousse is not cooked like puddings or panna cotta. Usually egg white or cream is whipped to incorporate air bubbles into it to make the texture fluffy and light. It should not set like a jelly, panna cotta or cheesecake. Think of the consistency of your hair mousse or the mousse shaving cream your hubby uses.
So go on check out this Keto, Diabetic friendly and Gluten free recipe for a quick and easy dessert. I served it chopped nuts as I couldn’t find any fresh berries. I’ve not added any gelatin as I wanted to make this a completely vegetarian friendly recipe.
KETO PUMPKIN MOUSSE
For the Nut Base:
½ cup almonds
¼ cup walnuts
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp stevia powder
For the mousse:
½ cup fresh pumpkin puree*
½ cup fresh whipping cream
½ cup softened cream cheese
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
¼ cup erythritol (sweetener)
1 tsp stevia powder
Prepare the base first:
- Add the nuts, stevia and cinnamon powder into a food processor.
- Process the nuts till its just about to become a paste. Remember you don’t want a paste.
- Divide the nut powder between four bowls or small glasses.
- Press it down lightly using a spoon.
Prepare the mousse:
- In a bowl add cream cheese, vanilla extract, sweeteners, cinnamon and nutmeg powders.
- Whisk the mixture to make it smooth.
- Add pumpkin puree and mix well.
- Whip fresh cream in another bowl till it forms soft peaks.
- Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and mix gently till the fresh cream is incorporated into the cream cheese mixture.
- Spoon the mousse into the bowls or glasses.
- Let it chill in the fridge for 5-6 hours.
- Add chopped nuts or some blueberries or strawberries and serve.
Per Serving: 298cals / 28g Total Fat / 7g protein / 8g Total carb / 4 g Net Carb
- To prepare pumpkin puree at home, cut the pumpkin into thick slices. Remove the seeds and fibre. Brush the pumpkin with little olive oil or butter. Roast it in a preheated oven at 180ºC for 20 minutes or till done. When its a bit cool to handle, peel off the skin and mash it.
- Add about 1 tsp gelatin if you wish for a more firmer mousse.
- Serve the mousse topped with fresh berries.
- Add pumpkin pie spice if you wish.
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