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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Entries in pie (3)

Monday
Dec102012

Gluten-Free Maple Syrup Pumpkin Pie with Flaky Gluten-Free Pie Crust (GF, cane sugar free)

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Gluten-free pie crust.

These words struck fear in my heart for years. I tried, and tried, and tried. And each time, I was like "F***!" when I had another crust that just wouldn't roll correctly, was dry and sandy, was tough and chewy, or was just plain weird.

Then back in May, something happened. I made a crust I was happy with. Then I made another. And another. It was reliable. Easy. Delicious. FLAKY. And now I will share it with you, filled with a delicious maple syrup-sweetened pumpkin pie filling. I've made this pie time after time this fall, and it is always a winner with everyone who tries it. I like it best as leftovers, pulled from the fridge and eaten for breakfast.  Continue for the recipe!

the tools to make the pie

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Monday
Nov212011

Allergy-Friendly, Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes

Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  On Thursday the nation will gorge themselves on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, those pasty dinner rolls and pie. Lots and lots of pie.  For those of us with allergies, such holiday meals can be like obstacle courses. The traditional Thanksgiving fare leaves those of us with multiple dietary restrictions feeling left out at the family table.  

Fear not! Thankfully, there are many delicious ways to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving without sacrificing your diet.   Here are some of my favorite recipes that are perfect for holiday get-togethers and good enough for your very traditional grandma and your picky uncle to enjoy. 

Cashew-Pumpkin Seed Cheese with Apple-Cranberry Sauce

Appetizers

 

Cabbage-Apple Slaw 

Salads

 

 Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Soups

 

Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder with Sauerkraut, Sweet Potato, and Apple

Main Course 

Who says you need to cook a whole turkey? Try one of these other protein packed options instead.

 

Paprika Rice

Stuffing Substitutes

Gravy

 

 Quick Roasted Kabocha Squash

Sides

 

socca with rosemary and cumin

Breads & Muffins

 

Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

Pies & Bars

 

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Other Sweet Treats

 

Rainbow Curry Chicken Stew

Yummy leftover turkey ideas

Friday
Oct302009

Gluten Free Sugar Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe with Crunchy Crust and Cashew Whipped Cream (soy free, ACD-friendly)


THIS PIE IS AMAZING.  I like this more than regular pumpkin pie.  My whole family and some of my friends tried it, and they all said it was totally bangin'.  Even my put-a-pound-of-butter-in-everything grandma loved it. How can a egg free, dairy free, soy free, gluten free, sugar free pumpkin pie win over a crowd?  Magic and a pinch of love.  Okay, okay, and some good recipes to work from.

 

The whole foods/gluten free/vegan/allergy blogosphere is bursting at the seams right now with pumpkin recipes.   'Tis the season, after all.  Ali from Whole Foods Nutrition just posted a recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake, Nancy from The Sensitive Pantry shared her Spiced Pumpkin Cider Smoothie recipe , Gluten Free Goddess Karina posted a Pumpkin Pie Bread recipe that makes me drool at the thought of it,  Naomi at Straight Into Bed CakeFree and Dried posted a recipe for Stuffed Tiny Pumpkins a while back that looks lovely, Susan from FatFree Vegan Kitchen posted a recipe for Fat Free Pumpkin Raisin Biscuits that I want to make GF, and Stephanie at Gluten Free by Nature offered up some delectable-looking dairy-free Pumpkin Ice Cream that I want to try making without eggs.  And that's just the beginning!  Whew.  My reader has been full of pumpkin.  And I, like all of you, REALLY wanted something pumpkiny/squashy last weekend.

I wanted pumpkin pie.

Actually, no, I wanted butternut pie.  I love butternuts in pie instead of pumpkin, because they are sweeter and just darn tasty.  My family was in town, we were having Sunday afternoon dinner, and I wanted those homegrown butternuts in my pantry to be served in pie form.  But given my decision to return to the ACD plan, I knew I had some obstacles when embarking on this pie mission.  On top of all my other allergy restrictions, I could only use stevia to sweeten, and I needed a lower carb crust.  Hmn.

Not easily intimidated, I jumped in headlong, and set to work researching in my big collection of cookbooks.  I found inspiration in two standbys: the pie filling is adapted from Myra Kornfield's The Voluptous Vegan, and the crust is adapted from Jeanne Marie Martin's Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook.  Kornfield's book is great, whether you are vegan or not - her recipes are innovative and always delectable.  I've had this cookbook for years, and have always loved everything from it (her chocolate cake is incredible).  I love this filling recipe because it is soy free, unlike many vegan pumpkin pie recipes.  It is creamy and dense, with a great mouth feel, and took to my little tweaks very very well!  Best yet, it is incredibly easy to make - if you can use a blender, you can make this pie.  The most complicated part is finding agar agar powder instead of flakes (according to Myra's recipe notes, the recipe will absolutely not work with flakes).   I used a combination of mesquite flour, allspice, and cardamom to season it, since I am still avoiding all those tasty traditional pumpkin pie spices due to some allergies.  But I included Myra's original spice combination below as well.  The crust is made of high protein flour and ground nuts and seeds, and also worked well with my little tweaks.  Martin's Candida guidebook has a ton of great recipe suggestions (as well as great Candida treatment recommendations), and I've tried many of them over the last year or so. This crust is especially awesome, and totally ACD approved: it bakes up crunchy, has a great flavor, and actually holds together better than a lot of gluten-containing crusts I've seen!  Last but not least, the cashew cream is born of my own mind, and is rich, thick, quite addictive, and absolutely perfect for dolloping on a big slice.

If you have nut and seed allergies, give this crust a try, substituting coconut oil or shortening for the ghee if you don't tolerate it.  Otherwise, try going totally crustless, baking the filling in a greased pie pan for a tasty pumpkin custard!  I'm going to give that a try it this weekend, and think it will be just as delicious. The pie will last for 4-5 days in the fridge, and slices can be frozen and thawed.  Trust me, I tried both, and those slices of leftover pie were just as good as the fresh ones.

 

Pumpkin Pie with Crunchy Crust (gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, ACD)

 pie filling adapted from Myra Kornfield's Voluptuous Vegan
 
yields 1 9" pie

  • 3 cup pumpkin or squash puree (from a 2 1/2-3 lb squash, or canned) - I used Butternut squash
  • 1 cup SoDelicious Coconut Milk beverage, coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 4 teaspoons melted coconut oil (or other light oil)
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon stevia extract powder or 30-40 drops tsp plain, vanilla, or English toffee flavor stevia liquid
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or arrowroot flour
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar powder (NOT agar agar flakes.  If you are not vegan, you can sub 1 teaspoon unflavored plain gelatin powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder OR 1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract or flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons mesquite flour, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom OR 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2-3 tablespoons agave nectar, yacon syrup, vegetable glycerin, coconut nectar, or brown rice syrup
  • 1 recipe for Crunchy Crust (recipe below), or other 9" pie crust

Heat oven to 400º F.

Prepare Crunchy Crust or another pie crust recipe, and put in prepared 9" pie pan.

Make puree by placing cooked squash/pumpkin in a food processor/blender, and pureeing until totally smooth.  
Add milk, oil, stevia, arrowroot, agar agar powder, salt, vanilla, liquid sweetener (if using) and spices to blender, and blend again until totally smooth and well incorporated.  Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared crust and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

 

Gluten Free Crunchy Pie Crust

crust adapted from Jeanne Marie Martin's Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook

yield 1 9" crust

  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (or almonds or hazelnuts or other nut/seed)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 cup teff flour or amaranth flour
  • 1 tablespoon mesquite flour or 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or other oil)
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Heat oven to 400* F and oil a 9" pie pan.

Grind nuts and seeds in a blender/food processer until finely ground (a few chunks are okay). Mix together ground nuts/seeds, arrowroot, teff, mesquite/cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until well mixed.  Add coconut oil, and toss to evenly coat mixture with oil.  Add water bit by bit, until a coarse, dry dough forms.  If it seems really dry and won't stick together, add a little more cold water.

Pat into prepared pie tin into a crust about 1/4" thick, and then place in the oven for about 7-8 minutes.
Remove crust from the oven, and let cool slightly in pan on wire rack before filling with pumpkin mixture.

 

Dairy-free Cashew Whipped Cream (vegan, gluten free, ACD)

yield about 3/4 c

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup SoDelicious Coconut Milk beverage, or other non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon agar powder
  • pinch salt
  • pinch stevia powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/16 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sprinkle agar agar powder over 1/2 c of non-dairy milk in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, whisking until powder is totally dissolved, about 5 minutes.   Add to blender with cashews, additional 1/4 c milk, vanilla, and salt.  Add water as needed to get things flowing! Once smooth, add stevia powder to taste.  

Chill in refrigerator for about 2 hours, mixture will firm up.