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These fluffy little pillows of goodness are made with hearts of palm as a potato substitute and replaces traditional flour with chickpea or cassava flour. Plus, it’s seasoned with a pumpkin sauce that is to die for. If you’re on the hunt for a dish that captures the super cozy, comforting and rich essence of fall while being mindful of your health and fitness goals, this is it!
Too hard and it’s like eating rubber; too soft and it turns to mush. Surprisingly, the hearts of palm-based mash strikes an ideal balance. It offers the fluffiness you’d expect from traditional gnocchi, with half the carbs and calories. Traditional gnocchi doesn’t typically offer a long list of health benefits, but this recipe delivers on nutrients and flavor! Palmini is a brand I trust. Their products are made from 100% hearts of palm, which is a good source of fiber and essential nutrients. In this dish, we’re combining the nutritional value of the hearts of palm with the antioxidative properties of pumpkin; and the sauce isn’t just a taste enhancer; it’s packed with vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene!
Coconut milk and pumpkin puree form the basis of our creamy sauce. Blended with a medley of spices, the result is a creamy, aromatic mixture that wraps each gnocchi pillow in a comforting hug. The addition of nutritional yeast adds that cheesy note, making it a vegan feast for the senses.
Making gnocchi is an art, and it begins with the dough. Here, we’re avoiding the overuse of flour and careful kneading to prevent the gnocchi from getting too tough. The final texture should be smooth and non-sticky. A fork can add that signature gnocchi shape, but it’s optional.
Special notes: When you’re mixing the dough for the gnocchi, you want to be sure to not over-knead. It is also important that your dough has a nice texture and is not too sticky. If it is, you can add additional flour! I like to use a fork to create the perfect gnocchi shape – press the gnocchi on the back of the fork gently, then with your forefinger on the tines, use your thumb to roll it towards your finger to create a beautiful gnocchi design.
It honestly is that simple!! Did you know that store bought gnocchi is often filled with preservatives and other ingredients that aren’t necessary? I honestly have so much fun making gnocchi and it always tastes so much better! This Creamy Palmini Pumpkin Gnocchi offers a healthy twist on a classic dish. It’s versatile, delicious, and makes for a wonderful main course. So as the leaves start changing color and the air turns crisp, bring some warmth into your kitchen with this hearty dish.
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