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Serving: 1/2 cup (195 grams) 
Servings per recipe: 8 
Calories: 294 (110 from fat) 
Fat: 12 gram (1 saturated fat, 0 trans fats) 
Cholesterol: 0 milligram 
Sodium: 66 milligrams 
Total carbohydrate: 49 grams (5 fiber, 38 sugars) 
Protein: 3 grams

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Sweet pumpkin shell dessert

This yummy dessert is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.


1 10- or 12-inch pumpkin
4 apples, cubed (unpeeled)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 oranges, peeled and chopped, or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey


To prepare pumpkin

  1. Scrub the pumpkin.
  2. Carve out a 5 or 6-inch circle from the top and save for a cover.
  3. Dig out seeds and soft interior and discard.

To prepare dessert

  1. Combine all ingredients, except pumpkin.
  2. Spoon recipe ingredients into the pumpkin shell.
  3. Put the pumpkin lid back on and place the filled pumpkin on a pie plate.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until a fork can easily penetrate the shell (1 to 2 hours).
  5. Remove the cover and serve from the shell.
  6. Serve with ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired.


Source: The Vermont Weathervane; Your Health eMagazine, Oct./Nov. 2002

First published: 12/10/2012
Last updated: 12/10/2012

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department