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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie! (reduced sugar)

Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving! Last weekend was our Thanksgiving celebration, and I made a pumpkin pie just like the one above. Except that instead of one pie dough bat, it had several. Yep. Bats. That's one of the benefits of having Thanksgiving before Halloween, instead of afterwards :) 

This pumpkin pie came about after a series of mucking around with various healthier versions. I tried making a sugar-free molasses pumpkin pie... meh... I tried making a dairy free one... meh... I threw away a few pies that neither my husband or I could bring ourselves to eat.

In the end, I had this mouthwatering pumpkin pie. My husband ate half of it in one sitting.

But I'm going to confess right now. This is only a slightly healthified version of a pumpkin pie. I almost never post things that are on the bad side of healthy, but in the end, some things are best left as they are. It turns out that pumpkin pie is really not better without the sugar and the creamy filling. I just use less sugar, and whipping cream instead of that weird evaporated milk or condensed milk that has extra sugar in it.

If you can take it for what it is and be ok with indulging once or twice a year, and you're looking for a really good gluten-free pumpkin pie that's pretty simple, this is a very good bet.

A couple of years ago I posted a photo of a beautiful looking lemon meringue pie. It looked gorgeous. But it tasted... disgusting. 



It was sugar free- made with stevia and arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch.

Well trying to make a sugar-free healthy pumpkin pie, as far as I can tell, is about the same thing as trying to make a sugar-free, cornstarch free lemon meringue pie.

As for the bat, this photo was actually taken last year when I went to a Canadian Thanksgiving party in Madison, Wisconsin, hosted by a few other Canadians who happened to be working at or attending the same university my husband was studying at. I felt that I needed to differentiate the gluten free pie from the other desserts and used a little bit of extra pie crust and a Halloween cookie cutter. 

This year, with my extra bits of pie dough I cut out several pumpkins and bats and used them to decorate the edges of my pie. Of course, if you happen to be making this after Halloween, or any other time of year, leaves and pumpkins and other fall-ish things work, too!

Ingredients for 1 - 9" Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

1 batch Gluten Free Pie Dough  chilled 10-15 minutes before use

1 & 3/4 c plain pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 c packed brown sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 425F. 
Pie crust: Roll out pie crust between 2 pieces of waxed paper, about 1/4" thin. Arrange in pie plate and trim off excess around edges. If decorations are desired, roll out excess dough (or, if too soft, chill for a couple of minutes, then roll out) and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. OR, if you somehow end up with a lot of excess dough, try making these Miniature Chocolate Pudding Pies). 

Bake pie dough 7-10 minutes, until slightly firm. Remove from oven.  If using decorations, bake those on a cookie sheet 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. 

Filling: In a large bowl, whisk together all filling ingredients, from pumpkin puree to salt, until smooth. Pour into prepared crust. Bake @ 425F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean (I find an extra 15 minutes usually does the trick). 

Cool on a rack and arrange pie dough decorations on top. 

*Trick: To prevent pie crust from browning too much on the edges, cut a strip of tin foil and fold it over the edges while

Stay tuned! In a couple of days I'll show you how I made Miniature Pumpkin Pies! Perfect little bit sized pies for potlucks and little kids :) 

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This post was shared on the following great link parties: Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Fat Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesday,


  1. I have been planning to bake pumpkin for long time. May this thanksgiving I will try to give it try. Thanks for sharing this wonderful pumpkin pie to Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  2. Hello Danielle,
    it's so nice to see a fellow blogger exploring sugar reduced baking creations :) This looks delicious! Have you tried using Xylitol as sweetener? I've recently tried to make a pumpkin pie with it instead of sugar and it tasted just like sugar, you might like it

    I was also really interested in reading your musings about running a linky event -- I was just thinking of trying that myself, but just like you I am contemplating the financial and time commitments. Thanks for being so open :)

    Happy Holidays :)


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