eggfruit (canistel) pie, pudding and mousse

Since I started eating paleo, I’ve been on a mission to try all the fruits and vegetables in the supermarket that I’ve never had. The eggfruit or canistel, as it’s known in some parts of the world, is so named because it has the texture of hard-boiled egg yolk. Like avocado, it gets softer and mushier as it ripens. According to nutrition websites, it’s anti-microbial and chock-full of vitamins and minerals, and particularly good for high blood pressure, inflammation (especially in the joints), and anemia.

There are so many ways you can eat it, from smoothies and puddings and pies to jam and savory chip/veggie spreads. It has a subtly sweet flavor and can also just be eaten on its own, or with salt and pepper (and for the adventurous, mayo) for a different experience. Here are three raw ways I came up with: “pumpkin” pie, banana-sunflower seed pudding, and chocolate mousse!

Eggfruit (Canistel) “Pumpkin” Pie
By: Mia Cee || Resting Hungry Face
1 ripe eggfruit
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, more or less to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Crust (Optional)
6 dried, pitted dates
3/4 cup nuts of your choice
pinch of sea salt

1. If making a crust, process all the ingredients together in a food processor until it’s crumbly and sticks together. Spread over the base of a 6-inch pie pan and stick in the freezer.
2. Process all the pie ingredients together until well incorporated. Retrieve the crust from the freezer and spread the pie filling over the top. Freeze until solid.

Eggfruit (Canistel) Banana-Sunflower Seed Pudding
By: Mia Cee || Resting Hungry Face
Makes 1 serving

1/2 ripe eggfruit
1/2 medium banana
1/2 to 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter depending how strong you want the flavor
2 tablespoons coconut water or water
pinch salt

1. Combine all the ingredients and process in a food processor or using a stick blender. Top with paleo granola or cereal flakes if desired.

Eggfruit (Canistel) Chocolate Mousse
By: Mia Cee || Resting Hungry Face
Makes 1 serving

1/2 ripe eggfruit
1 tablespoon cocoa or cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1-2 tablespoons coconut water

1. Combine all ingredients and process in a food processor or using a stick blender. Stir in paleo chocolate chips if desired.

** Eggfruit is ripe when you squeeze it and it gives.
** While eggfruit has an avocado-like texture when ripe, unlike avocado it has a very thin skin. The riper it is, the more difficult it will be to scoop out the flesh with a spoon. I find it easier to peel it with a knife like an apple.
** The amount of liquid you use in the chocolate mousse depends on how ripe your eggfruit is. The less ripe it is, the denser it’ll be so the more liquid you’ll need.
** Get creative with your ingredients. Apart from dried fruit and nuts, you can add nut butter, instant coffee, peppermint extract, etc.

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