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Gluten Free Dessert + Snacks
Delicious & Easy Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie
(and no one will be able to tell!)
This is the absolute best, easy pumpkin pie recipe I’ve ever tried. But the best part: It’s gluten free, dairy free, and uses healthier ingredients than traditional pumpkin pie. So more people can enjoy it! Serve this pumpkin pie with a coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a decadent treat.
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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching…in case you can’t tell by all the Thanksgiving stuff going on clearance in the stores to make room for Christmas already. You would almost think you missed Thanksgiving all together!
I’m so excited to enjoy this holiday with family and friends and eat really good food.
Good food that happens to be gluten-free and (mostly) dairy-free.
If you or someone you share a holiday table with aren’t able to eat gluten or dairy, you know the struggle is real. Feasting is awesome.
When you can actually feast.
And it doesn’t taste like cardboard.
Need More Gluten-free and Dairy-free Thanksgiving Recipes?
I’m assuming that if you found yourself clicking on this recipe, you or your loved ones are needing some gluten free and dairy free feast-worthy food!
I wrote a little Thanksgiving E-book to help you out. It includes recipes for many traditional staples (stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and this pumpkin pie recipe, too, just to name a few), but with options to make it gluten-free, dairy-free, or both.
I even tested all of the recipes out on gluten and dairy eating friends, and no one could tell.
Now that’s a win!
This e-book also has a grocery list, detailed recipes, and a schedule for when everything needs to go on the oven. I’ve taken the time to give you a prep schedule that you can start NOW to make your gluten-free Thanksgiving that much easier.
You can snag The Ultimate Gluten Free Thanksgiving Bundle here
Thanksgiving cooking is already a job. Why not just cook one of each dish that everyone will enjoy?
Now, onto the pumpkin pie recipe!
It’s a pretty huge staple at Thanksgiving for me, and I was SHOCKED with how delicious this pumpkin pie turned out. Shocked.
I could seriously have eaten the whole thing. By myself. Possibly even without a fork.
Easy, easy, easy pumpkin pie
This gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin pie is also ridiculously EASY! (Did you pick up how I’m emphasizing how easy this is?). Like, throw it all in a blender easy (I absolutely love my blender, which is this Vitamix version)
You’re literally going to throw everything into a blender for the pie filling. Any high-powered blender will totally do the trick here (but if you’re blender-free, a whisk and some elbow grease will also work!).
For easy clean up afterward, put 4 cups of water, a couple drops of dish soap, and blend. Rinse and you’re done.
What kind of pumpkin puree?
Any kind of canned or homemade pumpkin puree works here!
If you want to use your own homemade pumpkin puree, definitely make sure you take the time to strain out as much water as possible. The less liquid in this the better so that it sets just perfect.
The only thing to NOT use is pumpkin pie filling. That has a bunch of pre-added ingredients that we don’t want here.
Tips for the perfect gluten free pie crust
When making your crust, you’ll be using coconut oil. But unrefined coconut oil has a strong coconut flavor. Refined coconut does not. It’s very neutral. I strongly recommend refined coconut oil for this recipe.
If you’re not dairy free, or you do cultured dairy, you can substitute the 5 tablespoons of coconut oil for 6 tablespoons of butter (Kerrygold grassfed butter is my all time favorite).
This crust recipe makes two pie crusts. You only need one pie crust for pumpkin pie, so simply freeze half of the dough and save it for the next time you need some pie in your life. Just thaw it in the fridge the day before you need it and proceed as normal.
Ok, NOW onto the recipe!
- 2 cups Mel's gluten free flour blend
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (or sugar of choice)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5 T solid coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 T apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup ice water
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- TO MAKE PIE CRUST
- In the bowl of a kitchen mixer, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
- Add in the butter or oil and turn mixer on low for 1 minute until the dough is crumbly and grainy looking
- Add in the egg and vinegar and turn mixer on low
- With the mixer still on, add ice water one tablespoon at a time
- Squeeze dough together with hands and then split into two balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze or refrigerate them until needed
- To use immediately, roll one half of dough out on a floured surface.
- Sprinkle the top with more flour (gluten-free blend or tapioca starch are both great options) and then roll out into a circle about 1/4 inch in thickness
- Place in pie pan and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F
- TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE FILLING
- Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees F
- Combine pumpkin, eggs, milk, sugar, brown rice flour, salt, pepper, and spices into a blender (isn’t that almost too easy?). Blend on medium high until smooth and creamy
- Pour into baked pie crust or greased pie pan and bake for 50-60 minutes
- The pie should be jiggly, but not runny when done
- Let cool before serving. Trust me. Custard needs to set (and you betchya, pumpkin pie is essentially a custard)
- Tada! Done! I told you it would be easy.
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Finding a healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free snack can be tricky. Or expensive. These chocolate peanut butter lara bars are neither of those things. They’re so easy to make, use minimal ingredients, and only cost about 25 cents per bar.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Homemade Lara Bar
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I’m completely addicted to these homemade Lara Bars. I’ve got a thing for them (remember these Mocha Lara Bars?)
The base of Lara Bars is made of dates and various nuts, depending on the flavor. This homemade version’s base contains dates and peanuts, along with a good dose of cocoa powder.
Homemade Lara Bars are my favorite snack to have on hand. It’s like eating candy bars, but with zero guilt…until I eat three of them. Then there’s guilt. Gotta rein it in a little. Natural sugar is still, you know, sugar.
These chocolate peanut butter bars are so easy to make (if you have a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you NEED a food processor! It’s life-changing), and they’re exactly what they sound like. Chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness.
Are you a smooth or crunchy peanut butter person?
I love crunchy peanut butter. Crunchy is my favorite, so I like to add ½ cup of peanuts to these chocolate peanut butter Lara bars toward the very end of the process (get it?! PROCESS?) . That way I get bigger chunks of peanuts in the bars that remind me of that crunchy peanut butter. But if smooth is your thing, you’ll just add all the peanuts in earlier.
So good, you guys, either way.
I make these chocolate peanut butter homemade Lara Bars almost every single week. That way we have them consistently and I’m less likely to indulge in bad-for-you chocolate when cravings hit midday.
I’m really a milk chocolate girl. I wish I loved dark chocolate! It would be so much better for me. But I just don’t. I’ll eat it, but not with the same level of joy as I would milk chocolate. So when I say “bad for you chocolate,” I mean it. I’ll eat that milk chocolate if it’s there. And there’s no health benefits to that stuff. These homemade Lara bars help keep things healthier for me.
BONUS: If you’re pregnant like I am, dates are supposed to be extremely helpful in softening your cervix and getting you ready for a better labor. Instead of eating plain dates (hey, I’ll do that, too) you can enjoy these chocolate peanut butter bars and reap some extra benefits along with a chocolate fix!
Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to it! Happy chocolate-eating!
- 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 5-10 minutes
- 1 ½ cups dry roasted peanuts
- ¼ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt (omit if using salted peanuts)
- Drain the softened dates well (you can save the water to sweeten coffee or tea or whatever)
- In a food processor bowl fitted with an s blade, add dates, peanuts (reserve half a cup if wanting bigger peanut bits in your bars like me!), cocoa, vanilla, and salt
- Process on low for a minute until it starts to break down, then scrape down the sides
- Turn the processor up to high until everything is well incorporated and smooth. This can take a minute or two.
- Once it starts to turn into a ball around the blade, it’s ready. Add the remainder of the peanuts and pulse until the pieces break up. Scrape and repeat
- Press the “dough” into a glass 6x4 dish, or bread pan. You can also roll these into balls if you’d rather. Just put cocoa powder on your hands first!
- Place in fridge and let harden for about 30 minutes
- Slice and enjoy!