But today we are taking it to a new level, leaving my coffee mugs of canned pumpkin and venturing into a full fledge pie.
I've had everything sitting in my pantry for this recipe for a few weeks, and today I finally got around to it.
Paleo Pumpkin Pie::
For the crust -
8 oz of chopped pecans (I used a mixture of almonds as well, thought I had more pecans)
8 oz chopped dates or 8 whole dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling -
2 cups of canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup raw honey
Combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor.
Pulse until combined and started to for a sort of dough/ paste consistency. It should still be slightly chunky. But small chunks.
Press down the filling in a greased pie plate using a flat bottom glass and plastic wrap to prevent the cup from sticking to the mixture.
In a large mixing bowl combine all filling ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour into crust.
Cover edges of the pie with foil, bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 and bake an additional 45 minutes.
I'm apparently the only person happy that it was Saturday and there was a pie baking.
Ellie took up her normal spot on the couch, staring directly at the door so she could be the first to the scene in case something where to happen. Jeremy on the other hand took to doing homework.
By the way, pay no attention to her crooked beard. We had to cut her by hand, my trimmers finally bit the dust, and lazy pants wanted to lay on her side. So one side is shorter than the other, and she now constantly looking at you with the Elvis lip curl. Or the faux Elvis lip curl, as brought on by her horrible hair cut.
Even though Ellie wasn't impressed, I was happy with how it turned out.
You really have to watch it to make sure the crust doesn't burn. I was super concerned about eating burnt nuts, yuck. It turned out great though, I love this date and pecan crust, even as a raw crust in ice box pies.
It's not the prettiest of pies, but it's healthy and you don't have to feel guilty about it.
Because I seriously want to have my pie and eat it too.