By contributing writer Tessa
My whole family was in absolute heaven when I created this paleo pumpkin pie recipe—a dessert you can swoon over and not feel too guilty about eating! My daughter exclaimed, “If all my vegetables tasted like this, I wouldn’t even eat my dessert first at school, I would eat my vegetables!”
Alas, I didn’t want to clarify that anything sweetened should be called a dessert and not a vegetable, but this is a wholesome treat to be feeding my family!
I use fresh pumpkin puree for my pies. It really takes them to the gourmet/utterly amazing level. Unfortunately, not all pumpkins and squashes should be baked and eaten.
Like any fruit or vegetable, picking the best and ripest one ensures success and mouthwatering results. On my blog I go into some detail about choosing and baking your own squash and pumpkin. Toni has instructions for cooking a pumpkin in the slow cooker. Ultimately, you can use a can too, but I wanted to encourage you to use fresh!
You can use any premade or homemade crust you prefer. This filling will work in anyone’s crust! The crust below is free of grains and dairy, and it is totally flaky!
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¾ cup tapioca flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 6 tablespoons palm shortening or allowed butter
- 1 egg
- Water by the tablespoon just to bind (1-3)
- 2 generous cups fresh pumpkin or squash puree
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk or cream
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup palm sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon (or pie spice if you prefer)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- First prepare your crust. In a large bowl, mix the flours and salt.
- Add the shortening and cut in using a pastry cutter until pea sized chunks of fat remain.
- Mix in the egg and just enough ice cold water to bring the dough together. Knead a couple of times with your hands to make a cohesive dough.
- Lay out a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Pat the dough into a disc, wrap securely, and place in the freezer for 10 minutes while you prepare the filling.
- In a blender or bowl, blend all filling ingredients together until no lumps remain.
- Using two pieces of parchment or plastic wrap, roll the dough out to an even thickness large enough to accommodate a 9 inch pie pan.
- Peel a piece of parchment off, and invert the dough into a greased pie pan. Remove the top layer of parchment.
- Flute your edges, smooshing together with your fingertip if you need to repair any tears in the pastry.
- Poke holes in the bottom of the crust, and prebake for 7 minutes.
- Remove from oven and pour in the filling. Bake for 45-60 minutes until firm and not wet to the touch. The water content of squash/pumpkin purees varies the cook time.If you notice the crust starting to brown, bump the heat down to 325 degrees, and cover the crust with aluminum foil.
- Let cool completely before cutting and serving...if shape is important to you at least!
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