Every year during Thanksgiving, there’s a delicious aroma of the infamous pumpkin pie hanging in the airs of countless homes, including mine. For the past few months, my mom has been trying out paleo recipes in a bid to go natural. So this year on Thanksgiving, she made the deliciously crusty pie the paleo way… Paleo pumpkin pie!
Paleo Pumpkin Pie
Total Time to Make: 75 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 65 minutes total
- 2 ½ cups chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups pumpkin
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Spices – ½ tsp ground nutmeg, ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground cardamom, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (substitute for corn flour)
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup
- Put the walnuts, baking soda and salt in the food processor. Grind the mixture till it’s finely chopped.
- Put the mixture in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoon melted butter to it and mix it evenly.
- Pour the mixture into a pie plate, and spread it evenly with the help of a spatula. You may use your hands to push the mixture down and on the sides of the plate so it takes the shape of the plate.
- Put the pie plate into the oven, preheated at 350 oF, for about 15 minutes. Place a cookie-sheet under the pie plate so that the bottom doesn’t burn.
- Once the pie is out of the oven, set it to cool.
Preparing the filling:
- Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk them up.
- Add the coconut milk, coarse salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup, arrowroot, the spices, and finally the pumpkin to the mixture, all the while whisking the mixture.
- Once the mixture has an even consistency, gradually pour the mixture into the cooled pie. Make sure that you don’t overfill it.
- Even out the mixture.
- Put the pie into the oven, at 350 oF, for about 50 minutes.
The sweet, soft and delicious pie is ready to be served. You may choose to top up your slice with some whipped cream (If you’re not lactose intolerant).
What makes Paleo Pumpkin Pie “Paleo?”
- Even with the use of butter, it’s still paleo if you’re not lactose intolerant. If you are, use coconut oil.
- Arrow root flour is used instead of corn flour. Here’s why.
- You use coconut milk instead of regular milk from a cow. Again, if you’re not lactose intolerant then feel free to use regular FULL FAT milk (none of that fat-free and 1% fat stuff).