Paleo gluten-free pumpkin pie features a deliciously nutty crust made from almond flour and a wonderfully creamy filling.
This creamy, very flavorful paleo gluten-free pumpkin pie has a nutty, delicious almond flour crust and a creamy, honey-sweetened filling.
I typically try recipes 2-3 times before I feel I can publish them here (or before I give up on them). But in the case of this pie, I’ve made so many attempts that my husband started calling me “Monica.”
Remember the “Friends” episode where she makes 22 batches of chocolate chip cookies in an attempt to “make the best chocolate chip cookies in the world?”
So yes, I worked very hard on this one. But the result is amazing. This gluten-free paleo pumpkin pie is truly wonderful, and I say this as someone who’s generally not very fond of pumpkin pie!
Almond flour crust is easy to work with
The best part: it’s actually easier to make an almond flour pie crust than to make wheat flour crust. There’s no need to roll the dough out or to worry about overworking it. Overworking elongates the gluten strands, creating a tough crust.
But this is not a concern with a gluten-free crust. I used to bake a lot with wheat before transitioning to a gluten-free diet, so I should know!
Consider giving up the crust
As much as I love this gluten-free paleo pumpkin pie, I usually make crustless pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I just can’t get over how much flavor you get with a crustless pumpkin pie, for so few calories and carbs.
Plus it’s ridiculously easy to make. But if you can’t give up the crust (and who can blame you?), then this gluten-free pumpkin pie is a good, healthy option.
Is this gluten-free pumpkin pie healthy?
Well, it’s not broccoli. 🙂 But seriously, as far as pumpkin pies go, I do believe this is a significant improvement over traditional pies. Almond flour is far superior to wheat flour.
And even if you don’t subscribe to the notion that honey is superior to white sugar, this recipe still uses less sweetener than many others. A slice of this paleo pumpkin pie has 25g carbs and 5g fiber. According to Fitday.com, a slice of traditional pumpkin pie has 42g carbs and 4g fiber.
How to store leftover gluten-free pumpkin pie
To store leftovers, cut the entire pie into slices. Then place the slices in a sealed container on paper towels to absorb extra moisture. This will ensure the almond flour crust doesn’t get soggy. Replace the paper towels daily.
My pumpkin pie lasts this way for four days and the last slice was just as good as the first.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil for the pie plate
- 3 large eggs
- 1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup honey (112 grams)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour (14 grams)
- 1 cup canned coconut milk, full-fat, unsweetened
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch glass pie plate with coconut oil.
- Prepare the crust: In a medium bowl, use a fork to whisk together the egg, salt and honey. Add the almond flour and mix with a fork, then with your hands until dough forms. Transfer the dough to the prepared pie plate and flatten it with your hands, pressing it into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pie plate. Do not pre-bake the crust.
- Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, using a hand whisk, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the pumpkin, honey, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and whisk until well-incorporated. Sift the coconut flour into the mixture, whisking it in, then stir in the coconut milk.
- Using a rubber spatula, transfer the filling to the prepared pie crust. The filling will go fairly high, higher than the crust, almost reaching the top of the pie plate.
- Bake until the center appears set and a toothpick inserted in it comes out just a little moist and free of batter. This can take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes, depending on your oven. Start checking the pie after 45 minutes. If it’s not set yet, continue baking, but loosely tent the edges with strips of foil if they seem to be getting too dark. (I actually find that I don’t need to do that most times, because the filling reaches so high that the edges of the crust are not exposed.)
- Cool the pie 2 hours on a cooling rack, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours before slicing and serving. When ready to slice the pie, gently run a knife along the edges of the pie to help release it from the pan. Use a sharp cake knife to slice the pie, and firmly slide a cake server underneath each slice before you lift it up – almond flour pie crust is not as sturdy as regular pie crust, so slice and serve with care.
- Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container, on paper towels to absorb extra moisture. Replace the paper towels daily.