This tropical turmeric pudding is the most wonderful summer dessert, fruity, floral, light, and totally gorgeous as well as being incredibly healthy too. Mango and turmeric root go beautifully together both fruity and earthy, and the banana is just delicious with the coconut yoghurt fruit custard and coconut cream.
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Turmeric root has been the best thing I’ve discovered for ages, it’s just so fragrant and delicious as well as being super potently anti-inflammatory. I have wanted to track some down for so long, and randomly found some in my local greengrocers and nearly hugged the guy behind the till! I bought up all they had, God only knows when it will make another appearance as I think it was quite random. We now have it in our green (or purple) juice everyday and it has revitalised our pudding routine!
The pudding consists of a mango and turmeric custard, with cardamom and coconut yoghurt, and a tangy turmeric and mango jam running through, layered like a trifle with banana at the bottom, then the custard (and jam) and coconut cream on top with cacao shavings. They look so pretty in little glass jars or bowls at the table and are perfect for a dinner party, midday treat or Sunday lunch alike. It’s a layered dish but really simple to make, ticking every box for something special, comforting, attractive, delicious, a bit different and completely healthy ♥
I’m a big banana fan, I eat one everyday it’s such a ready snack if I need something filling and packed with energy to keep me going. Bananas with spots on their skin are the healthiest of all, being even more packed with antioxidants and easier to digest.
The coconut yoghurt is probiotic, boosting gut health and so immune strength and general health, and fresh turmeric root is SUPER anti-inflammatory. Using a combination of stevia powder in its purest form (which is alkalising, and green!), coconut sugar and fructose makes for a refined sugar-free dessert that’s sweet and gorgeously fruity and much lower GI and GL than a full sugar version. The turmeric and lime mango jam gives its tangy lift, and… it’s so good! It’s spiced but subtly so, so as not to overpower the delicate flavour of the mango, and the woody flavour of the pure green stevia (other forms are good too) goes really well with the mango. Cardamom is a beautiful uplifting spice that goes beautifully with the coconut cream and fruitiness.
Be careful not to stain your hands Do wear gloves or you’ll end up looking like you’ve smoked a 100 Benson & Hedges a day for years without finding the time to wash your hands (far too busy chain-smoking, obviously), which is what the woman behind the counter at the Post Office thought by the look of horror on her face…
I used an ice-cream maker to churn the custard, you can use a whisk, or a blender too. But I also like to make it soft-serve, it’s just so lovely and refreshing. You can eat it as soft-serve straight away as it is, or layering over the banana and covering with the cream, or assemble the ‘trifle’ have it melted into pudding later. You can also freeze it and have the custard and jam as an ice-cream (or ready to thaw into pudding), which is delicious but not without ice crystals, so I think the addition of vanilla essence would help with that as it contains alcohol. It’s a very versatile dish!
The jam also could be used as jam in many forms, delicious on buttered toast, tarts, scones, crumpets… it’s different, nurturing and truly delicious. Enjoy!
- 3 mangoes 2 1/2 cups
- 1 1/2 cans solid coconut milk
- 8 heaped tbsp live coconut yoghurt
- 2 heaped tbsp finely chopped turmeric root
- 1 heaped tbsp fine tapioca flour/ or corn flour
- 1 heaped tbsp agar agar powder/ equivalent flakes, or other setting agent
- 15 or so cardamom pods
- shy of 1 tsp pure stevia powder, or approx 25 drops, to taste
- 1/5 cup natural sugar such as agave, or fructose
- 5 heaped tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp natural sugar such as agave, or fructose
- 1 mango
- 3/4 tsp agar agar powder/ equivalent flakes, or other setting agent
- 5 tbsp coconut sugar
- just shy of 1 tbsp grated chopped turmeric root
- 2 limes
- cacao paste for grating, or a freeze dried fruity sprinkle
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