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Pumpkin Pudding with Candied Pecans

This simple and fast no-cook fall pudding could be dessert at a children's Halloween party. Top with candy corn.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: 6 servings


  • Pudding:
  • 6 ounces firm silken tofu
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • Pecans:
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Remaining ingredient:
  • 6 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed


To prepare pudding, place tofu on several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Cover tofu with additional paper towels; let stand 10 minutes. Combine tofu, condensed milk, syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender, and process until smooth. Add cinnamon and next 4 ingredients (cinnamon through pumpkin); process until smooth. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a large bowl, and fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.

To prepare pecans, heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pecans, sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook 3 minutes or until sugar melts and coats pecans, shaking pan to evenly coat. Pour pecans onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let cool; coarsely chop.

To assemble desserts, spoon 2/3 cup pudding into each of 6 (6-ounce) custard cups; top each serving with 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Sprinkle about 1 1/2 tablespoons pecans over each serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 240
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 7.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Protein: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 38.2g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 133mg
  • Calcium: 103mg

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