Posted on : November 21st, 2018
Last week I had a severe hankering for Pumpkin Pie! I just couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving anymore so I decided to give in to the craving. And I’m so glad I did—we enjoyed it so much at our house! Talk about comfort food!
But first, I had to appease the part of myself that’s attempting to lose weight. Not that this is diet food—not a bit! But the thing that makes me gain weight the most is wheat. Bread products, actually, and cookies, cake, and pie crust. Probably sweet pumpkin pie filling, too, but did I say this was a rational craving? The idea was to make the indulgence a lot healthier. So I made a delicious almond meal crust (protein!) and told myself how virtuous it was to eat a vegetable (pumpkin) for dessert.
I got all my ingredients together and then made a horrible discovery: someone drank all the milk and cream in the house without telling me! Was I really going to have to stop to run to the store and get some more? Hmmm. No way! I had a can of coconut cream in my cabinet. That is a rich thick and creamy version of coconut milk that is sinfully delicious. I just knew it would work great in the recipe and it did! And now I had an awesome dessert that was gluten-free and dairy-free (vegan), too.
I suggest making the crust first. It needs to bake for 10 minutes and then cool at least a little bit before you fill it with pie filling. Also, hopefully, you have almond meal on hand like I always do—you need 1 1/2 cups—but if not, it’s easy to remedy that. Put 1/2 cup or less at a time of Maisie Jane’s Roasted Almonds into an electric coffee grinder or food processor. Pulse a few times until you have a medium-fine textured consistency similar to cornmeal. Put the ground almonds into a container and do it again until you have 1 1/2 cups. Sift the almond meal to remove pieces that are too large and grind those a little longer. That’s it! The only thing you need to watch out for is not to grind so long that you wind up with almond butter!
I made my pie filling while the crust was baking and cooling so it didn’t feel like it took long at all. The hard part was waiting for the pie to bake and completely cool! The filling should be basically set when you take it out of the oven but it continues to firm up while cooling. Supposedly that should take a full hour but I didn’t wait that long. Which meant my slices fell apart when I put them on our plates. Luckily I had whipped cream on hand to cover my mistake and nobody noticed! In fact, we all had seconds and by then the pie was completely cool and came out of the pan perfectly. So you’ve been warned: be patient or don’t worry about appearances and dig in!
Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or stay dairy-free (and delicious) with lightly cooked apple slices.
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