One of my favorite parts about the holidays are that they serve as a time of feasting, community and sweet indulgence. It’s the one time of year I really let loose and enjoy the delicious treats that have been prepared with love or offered with kindness.

That said, I still prefer to have “healthy” treats and will stay away from the gluten, sugar, dairy and trans fats when possible. When not possible I rely on enzymes, charcoal, lots of water, and fasting to mitigate the damage.

So in the spirit of the holidays and “clean treating” (rather than junk cheating) here’s a recipe I made last year that was a big hit due to both it’s taste, texture and nutrient density.

It’s a high fat, low sugar kind of dessert – always my favorite – that wont necessarily pull you out of fat burning mode if you’re into ketosis / fat adaptation.

This recipe is quite the nutrition powerhouse and contains good sources of Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Essential Fats, Vitamin A, Iron and more.

Raw Cacao Pumpkin Pie Pudding:

Ingredients (makes 6 Servings):

  • 1 can Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 can full fat organic coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon (I prefer organic Ceylon)
  • 2 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
  • 10-20 drops liquid stevia
    or other sweetener of your choice to taste (xylitol for low sugar, maple syrup, dates, or molasses for higher sugar content)
  • 1 thumb sized chunk of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 4 whole cloves or 1/2 tsp ground
  • 1/2—1 whole ground nutmeg or 1-2 tsp dried powder
  • 1-2 tbsp rainforest nut butter or your favorite nut / seed butter

1/4 cup water or almond milk to get to desired consistency
Note: if you want to make it into a drink add 1 full cup of liquid or 1-2 cups of frozen liquid for chilled drinks


In a high speed blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Transfer to serving dish or bowls, top with ground nutmeg and let chill in the fridge for an hour or overnight to let the flavors develop and the chia to set.

raw cacao pumpkin pie pudding

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe)

Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Polyunsaturated Fat (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g) Carbohydrate (g) Sugar (g)
241 17 11 6 4.5 3.2 12.7 3.1

I don’t usually calculate these numbers but I had to for an assignment back at IHN so I figured I’d include them here for the folks that like to know their macros.

Enjoy the Festive Feasting!

Wishing You Health and Holiday Joy,

Bryan Hardy