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Date-sweetened, Dairy-free Grain-free Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie recipe is an attempt to adapt traditional foods to more healthful alternatives.

For the crust:

–  1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts, ground fine
–  1 Tbsp coconut oil
–  1 Tbsp almond butter

Blend all crust ingredients in a food processor or blender to desired consistency – I like a little crunch.  Press in the bottom of your pie pan or a small springform pan. I think pecans would work well with this as well. You could even do a variety of ground nuts.

For the filling:

–  1 cup pumpkin (homemade or canned)
–  8 medjool dates (could do 6 dates & 2 Tbsp maple syrup)
–  1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( pumpkin pie spice blend recipe is given below)
–  1/4 tsp salt
–  2 eggs, added separately
–  2/3 cup coconut milk (or other dairy substitute) (or dairy, I’m not judging)

Begin by running dates through the food processor until fairly well broken down. Add the pumpkin, spices and salt and process until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time and blend until well incorporated. Add in coconut milk and you are done.

Pour this gently over the crust.  I rested a spoon on the crust and poured the filling into the spoon to protect the crust.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-50 minutes until the center is no longer jiggly.

Let it sit for an hour before removing from the springform pan. Cool on the counter and keep in the refrigerator until serving.

Mary’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

–  3 tsp. cinnamon
–  1 1/2 tsp. ginger
–  1 tsp nutmeg
–  3/4 tsp allspice
–  1/2 tsp clove
–  1/2 tsp cardamom

Run all of these through a spice grinder and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition info: 1/8 of the total recipe:
Calories: 154, Fats: 11g (6 sat, 3 mon, 1 poly), Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium 94mg, Potassium 146mg, Total Carbohydrates:12g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 8g, Protein: 3g

Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., is a founding member and former secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 where she's also taught for the past 18 years. She is not only a Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist but a Pancha Karma Specialist. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title 'Ayurvedacharya', respected teacher of Ayurveda.


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