I LOVE pumpkin pie.
No, you don’t understand. I really love pumpkin pie.
Last month was my birthday and I knew I wanted a pumpkin pie instead of a traditional cake. I tried a few different low carb, low sugar recipes, but I didn’t like any of them. They just weren’t right. So I set out on an adventure to create my own.
I think this recipe is marvelous. I could eat it for every meal. Seriously. Its just that good.
And I feel good eating it.
Take a look at the nutrition facts in comparison to a popular brand of frozen pumpkin pie.
Fat: 30 grams
Carbs: 6 grams net
Protein: 10 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Carbs: 43 net grams
Protein: 6 grams
43 net carbs! Its amazing that it went from 43 to just 6. That is a huge difference in the world of carb counters. It is possible to have a delicious dessert on that low carb diet!
You will see that the fat is much higher in mine. However, it is full of healthy fats. Butter and cream are excellent sources of healthy fat. And the crust is made up of almond meal, which is also filled with wonderful, healthy fats. So don’t let that scare you away.
2 cups Almond Meal
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
Dash of stevia powder or one packet of Tuvia
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup Truvia or Xylitol (I usually use a combination of the two)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
15 oz can of pumpkin (or two cups fresh pureed pumpkin)
8 oz heavy cream
1. In a food processor combine the almond flour, salt, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice. Pulse a few times until combined.
2. Add softened butter and egg. Continue to pulse until it starts forming a ball.
3. Spread into a greased 9″ pie pan. Set aside.
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
5. In a large bowl, or the food processor, combine sweetener and spices. Add in pumpkin, cream, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Pour into prepared crust.
6. Place pie on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 and continue to cook for another 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
7. Cut into 8 delicious slices, serve with fat free whipped cream (or beat your own), and enjoy!
Let me know what you think! I hope that you give it a try and find it as wonderful as I do.
*Note: Coconut Oil can be substituted for butter. It will change the nutrition count a bit, but is also chock full of many nutrients.
**Truvia baking mix is NOT recommended. Sugar is a main ingredient in the baking mix, making it not a low carb, low calorie, or healthy substitute.
***Xylitol is a delicious and easy to work with substitute for sugar, however, it is a laxative and can cause digestive issues for some people. It is also dangerous for pets.
****It is possible to make this crust without a food processor. It will not be quite as smooth, but you can still knead it by hand and get a similar crust.
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