Hands down, this is the best clean pumpkin pie I ever had! It is quite easy to make delicious pie with a bunch of butter, flour and sugar. But when it comes to a clean dessert, it’s a challenge. I was up for it, although scared to death.
In the last 3 days, I made 3 pumpkin pies. That’s why I want you to close your eyes and pretend you can’t see those small white dots of cream cheese. It was experiment #3 and a thought of making pumpkin pie #4 was terrifying for me. Not for Alex though. Kids do not eat pumpkin pie. BTW, you don’t need cream cheese.
I never made pumpkin pie in my life. Reasons:
#1. I’m from Ukraine. Ukrainians do not make pumpkin pies. They make cakes, apple pies, perogies, borscht but not pumpkin pies. After 13 years in Canada, I thought it was time to fit in. At the Thanksgiving table.
#2. For me, pumpkin pie must have a flaky/crumbly crust, not a chewy one. I had no idea how to do that without butter and, honestly, was terrified to death to try. Healthy baking is scary! I don’t want to be eating tofu pumpkin pie (sorry my vegan friends, just not for me, but I love tofu) and at same time no Pillsbury dough is allowed in my house.
Well, IT’S NOT THAT HARD AT ALL! Easy, peasy. Thanks to Mr. Google, Olena’s creative brain, like add cream cheese to pumpkin pie filling creative, and eating assistant, Alex, and not-eating pumpkin pie assisting kids. 2 nights me and Alex were fighting over a piece of clean pumpkin pie. For real.
First try, it was just gone by the night #2 and we had only 1.5 piece left. That’s a problem right there. Third try, that you are looking at, I cut out 1 piece to share and the rest had to wait until the next day, for photos. Only in food blogger’s house, the husband asks if he is allowed to eat. Anything. Even plain broccoli has it’s pre-defined destiny.
But we managed and we are still married.
So, about this clean pumpkin pie. The crust was perfectly crumbly. Just like I wanted. Mixing wheat flour with ground almonds makes the crust “flaky” and at same time helps it to stay together. White whole wheat or just plain whole wheat flour would work. I ground almonds myself in a Magic Bullet. You can use store-bought almond flour. Even better. The crust will be easier to work with. Pre-baking the crust is a must. It won’t bake through under all of that moist pie filling.
The filling was out of this world. I slightly adapted it from The Gracious Pantry. Thanks, Tiffany! I used less almond milk because I like solid pumpkin pie. Otherwise, it’s delicious! So clean and made of simple ingredients. In fact, I’m devouring a pumpkin pie slice for lunch, as I type. No guilt whatsoever. And I’m not scared of a fat content. It’s healthy almond and coconut oil fats, in moderation. I prefer them over Pillsbury dough scary ingredients and bleached white flour. 0 cholesterol, people!
The filling will be runny, that’s OK. It will solidify perfectly as it bakes and after cooling. You can buy pumpkin pie spice or I learnt to make my own from sweet Kelli of The Corner Kitchen. Also, you can just use 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. I served it with whipped coconut cream & a bit of stevia. Enjoy!
- 1 cup almond flour (meal) or finely ground almonds
- 1+1/2 cup (white) whole wheat flour + more for dusting/rolling
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Coconut oil (cooking) spray
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 15 oz can (2 cups) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1+1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray 9" pie dish with cooking spray (I use coconut oil spray) and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all crust ingredients and mix with spatula, later on with your hands, until a ball of dough forms. If necessary, add more almond milk or flour, use your judgement.
- On a flat surface, roll out the crust until it's large enough to cover the pie dish. First, flatten the dough ball with your hands and then use the rolling pin. Dust the dough with flour while rolling, and it might help to place it on a parchment paper half way through for easier rolling and moving.
- Place the pie dish upside down on the rolled out dough.
- Flip and mould the crust in to the pie dish using your hands.
- Cut the excess dough with kitchen scissors or knife. P.S. I re-rolled the scrapes and made cookies, more like crackers. Just bake for 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees F.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk Pumpkin Pie Filling ingredients together. Pour into pre-baked crust, reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for another 45 minutes.
- Let the pie cool completely before slicing. Cut into 8 slices and serve warm or cold, with whipped coconut cream or just plain.
Servings Per Recipe: 8 slices
Amount Per Serving = 1 slice:
Total Fat: 10.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 151.5 mg
Total Carbs: 34.3 g
Sugars: 14.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.1 g
Protein: 7.6 g
WW Points+: 7