Yummy Pumpkin Wild Rice Pudding!
This is one of my favourite fall recipes, for two reasons: it's delicious, it's nutritious, and it helps me use up any extra pumpkin puree I have from making other pumpkin dishes.
It's also really easy to make!
Pumpkins are a great source of beta carotene, which is a potent antioxidant. They're also a good source of fiber, as is wild rice. The cranberries (if you're using fresh) are beneficial for the health of your urinary tract, and add a nice little tang to this lightly sweet dish.
2 cups cooked manoomin (wild rice)*
1 1/2 cups pumpkin or orange squash puree (can be roasted or raw, but don't use pie filling)
1 cup cranberries, rinsed
1 cup milk or unflavoured dairy alternative
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar or evaporated cane juice sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated or ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
*If you prefer, you can use long-grain rice instead of wild rice
Optional: chopped nuts
Grease the inside of your slow cooker (butter or coconut oil work best)
Combine cooked rice, pumpkin puree, and cranberries in the slow cooker.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and spices until smooth and fully blended. Stir into pumpkin mixture.
Cover and cook on high for 3 hours until pudding is set.
Serve warm, and garnish with optional toppings.