Almost Paleo Pumpkin Pie
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without it!
But if you follow a low sugar diet, have eliminated gluten or dairy or gone “Paleo”, you may think this old holiday tradition would be a thing of the past.
After all, store bought pumpkin pies are packed with sugar (and typically contain a crust filled with trans fats). And the so-called “healthy” varieties are made with grains and dairy which simply aren’t an option for many people these days.
But the good news is that pumpkin pie really can be one of the healthiest dishes on your Thanksgiving spread. And you can eliminate the sugar, gluten and dairy… and still get deliciously sweet, traditional-tasting results.
(Adapted from Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust in Guilt Free Desserts)
Start to Finish: 1.5 hours
Yield: 8 servings
*Buy two organic sugar baby pumpkins. Cut each into eighths, scrape out seeds, and steam or bake. Cool, remove skin, and blend in a food processor to a puree.
Nutrition Information per Serving
241 calories, 0 g fat, 53 mg cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 8 carbohydrates, 3 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein
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Stay tuned for more healthy holiday tips, comfort food makeovers and festive seasonal delights!
Wishing You & Yours a Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving!
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