CF, DF, EF, FF*, GF, GRF, MF, NUTF, SALF, SOY, SUF, YF
Place apples, zucchini and green beans in a pot with 3-4 inches of water. Let come to a boil, then simmer on low, covered, 30-45 minutes. The apples should be very soft and tender. Puree the ingredients in a food processor*. Add in stevia to sweeten and use coconut flour to thicken the pudding, if need be. Serve hot or cold.
*See Cat's comments for variations
You might not have to use any flour to thicken if you drain the cooking water and then puree all in the food processor. On the other hand, if you add in the cooking water, how much you add in will determine how many TBsp of flour you'll need to thicken. Estimate 1-4 TBsp to add in to thicken. Do note that the type of flour used will affect the taste, so if using a grain flour, go for something mild like Quinoa, Millet or Buckwheat.
The type of apple you use will also affect the taste of the pudding, as well as its sweetness. I found that the pudding tasted fine all on its own (it tastes of apple, you'd never know there were green beans in there!) but adding in stevia gave it that extra sweet touch. Of course, you can also use a combination of different types of apples for a unique tasting experience!
I've classified this recipe as a "Cooked Green Smoothie" recipe, although there are technically no leafy greens in here! The color of this pudding is a light green color, however, and it is a pudding that pairs something green with a fruit :)
Indeed, if you'd prefer to leave the peels on the zucchini, by all means go ahead! Similarly, if you'd like to strain the pudding to use for baby food (OR if you have digestive issues, this is also a good idea), then pass the pudding through a food mill before serving.
Stored pudding will keep in fridge for several days while up to 6 months if frozen.
Makes a delish snack or dessert, pre or post workout energy boost.
As always, Enjoy :)
CF= Corn Free DF= Dairy Free EF= Egg Free FF= Fat Free GF= Gluten Free GRF= Grain Free MF= Meat Free NUTF= Nut Free SALF= Salt Free SOYF= Soy Free SUF= Sugar Free YF= Yeast Free
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