#SCBDRecipe: a Healthy Thanksgiving Desert: Pumpkin Pie

scbdrecipe1Pumpkin Pie is full of sugar and fat, but it also one of my favorite desserts and the most delicious winter food I know. So what if I could find a recipe that is made of all natural ingredients? Well I think I found just that, and just in time for Thanksgiving! After a huge meal, filling yourself with the extra calories from pie may not be everyone’s idea of a happy Thanksgiving. So trying something new, that will not only make you feel better about going for seconds with your diet, but fulfill your need for a delicious dessert and a great end to a thankful day. I found this recipe on http://www.teambeachbody.com. I was going through a list of ‘Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes’ and came across one for Pumpkin Pie. Most of the recipes (there were 13 in total) sounded delicious, but I decided to try this pie because it is my top all-time favorite dessert. It was simple to make too, the prep time was so simple. I have some pictures of the process and final product.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Total Time: 1hr. 20 min.

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cooking Time: 1 hr. 10 min.

Ingredients for the pie crust

Ingredients for the pie crust

Ingredients for Crust:

  • 3/4 dry quinoa
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pure ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup evaporated nonfat milk
I used a coffee grinder to grind the Quinoa

I used a coffee grinder to grind the Quinoa

Preparation for Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Grind quinoa in a spice or coffee grinder until finely ground.
  • Place quinoa, walnuts, and cinnamon in a food processor; pulse until well mixed.
  • Combine quinoa mixture, oil, and maple syrup in a medium bowl; mix well
  • Press mixture into 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Preparation for Filling

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine pumpkin, eggs, extract, and maple syrup in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and milk; mix until just blended.
  • Pour pumpkin mixture into cooled crust.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Cool completely on wine rack. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The finished product, although it is not perfect, it turned out fabulous!

The finished product, although it is not perfect, it turned out fabulous!

 I did run into one problem with the crust, it seemed a bit dry. But it turned out fine on the bottom, just the edges seamed to crumble. It still worked great, for my first pie-crust. I also learned that next time I need to make it thinner on the bottom and make sure it is even throughout the whole bottom.

Thick crust, but it still tasted so yummy!

Thick crust, but it still tasted so yummy!

 I shared the pie with my family, I loved it. It is not as sweet as pies you buy at your local farm, but it is full of nutrients and great taste still! My dad has a huge sweet tooth, so this one was not his favorite. But for the rest of us, we enjoyed it very much so. If you are looking to make a sweet ‘traditional’ pumpkin pie, then this is not for you. But if you want a healthy and nutritious pumpkin pie that is delicious and creamy, then this is for you! Either way, step out of the box and try something new, and keep an open mind. Keeping your mind open allows you to accept other things and create new things to share and enjoy!

My piece of Pie. Yum!

My piece of Pie. Yum!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 203
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 41 mg
  • Sodium: 108 mg
  • Carbs: 28 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Protein: 6 g

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