How to Make the Best Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Pie | What makes this recipe both yummy and healthy at the same time is the secret ingredient – pumpkin. You can enjoy a slice without the guilt!
Every year I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite times to get together with family and friends and give thanks for all that we have in our lives. But Thanksgiving is also a holiday centered around eating, which can make it a challenge to stay healthy. Luckily, I have an amazing recipe for the best easy and healthy pumpkin pie you can make this holiday season.
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How to Make the Best Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Pie
As Thanksgiving approaches, I stress about whether or not I can stick to eating healthy and not over-indulge on all the foods served throughout the day. Does this happen to you, too?
All those tempting sweets and treats can be so hard to resist. It’s a good thing I have a delicious pumpkin recipe you can enjoy guilt-free knowing it fits in with the whole food lifestyle.
What makes this recipe both yummy and healthy at the same time is the secret ingredient – pumpkin!
While sticking to a whole food diet during the holidays can seem difficult, it doesn’t have to be the case when you cook or bake with pumpkin. In fact mashed or puréed pumpkin is very versatile and can be used in all sorts of holiday recipes.
When you use a mix of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, you can create the traditional tastes and aromas of many pumpkin-based Thanksgiving foods.
You can do so using solely whole ingredients with no unhealthy sugar or white flour. That’s what you’ll find in the following recipe for a tasty yet easy and healthy pumpkin pie.
You can enjoy the flavors of Thanksgiving with the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices in this delicious recipe. Whip up a couple so you have plenty to serve.
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups pumpkin purée
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1/4 cup maple syrup replace with 1/2 cup mashed banana if Whole30
- 3 eggs separated
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour or coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon honey or molasses replace with 1/4 cup mashed banana if Whole30
- 4 or 5 tablespoons iced water
- 1/2 cup mashed bananas or dates
- Form the dough mixture into a ball and leave it in your refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Whip separated egg whites until they are frothy. Then in a separate bowl, blend or mix the rest of the pumpkin filling ingredients.
- When those ingredients are evenly mixed, start folding in your egg whites with a spatula.
- Roll your chilled piecrust into a pie pan and place in the freezer for 20 to 25 minutes.
- When hardened, remove from freezer, add your pumpkin filling, and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350°F and cook for an additional 45 minutes.
- The pumpkin pie filling can be thickened by adding ground Chia seeds or nut butters.
- Also you can sprinkle in your favorite nuts, berries and diced fruits, and form into cookies, or bake into muffins.
- And the crust can also be used in a number of tasty pie recipes, not just in this flavorful pumpkin pie.
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More Than Just Pumpkin Pie
Now that you know what makes this easy and healthy pumpkin pie made with whole food taste so delicious, you can stick with whole food at Thanksgiving. And you can do it with more than just pumpkin pie.
In fact, you can make smart substitutions for unhealthy ingredients in many of your favorite holiday recipes. For example, instead of using all-purpose flour, you can substitute equal measurements of almond or coconut flour.
Similarly, butter and oil be replaced with applesauce or mashed ripe bananas. Also, mashed dates, maple syrup and honey make flavorful replacements for any sugar.
Another change you can make is to swap out one egg with half a medium-sized mashed ripe banana or 1/4 cup of unprocessed applesauce.
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As you can see, making recipes with a mix of flavorful spices and these healthy substitutions allows you to easily adhere to a whole food diet and eat healthy this holiday season.
So, get in the kitchen today, start experimenting, and you’ll find that healthy whole food replacements for unhealthy alternatives may result in the best tasting pumpkin dishes and treats you have ever enjoyed at Thanksgiving.
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From my home to yours, here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Now that you know how to make the best easy and healthy pumpkin pie, I hope you can relax and enjoy a delicious whole food treat.
What Thanksgiving foods do you enjoy? Can you swap out the unhealthy ingredients with whole food substitutes? Comment below. I’d love to know.
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