Fall is here, once again, and once again, it's time to consume our favourite seasonal yummies!
It's no secret that pumpkin pie is a craved thing in our household. I do, however, refuse to make it until it gets chilly out. So how perfect that the temperatures have finally dropped! To be honest though, as much as I love Autumn and everything about it, I was sad to see Summer go. Probably because Winter is ahead, and the last Winter was so long and unbearable that I have no heart left to face the upcoming one. But at least there is pie!
I always look forward to picking out my perfect pie pumpkin. If you ask my husband, I love small, round, and cute things, so it's naturally something I love to do. Even though making homemade pumpkin puree is a real chore sometimes, the difference in taste is worth the extra effort. Sure, it's a mess and opening a pumpkin is not as easy as opening a can, but you'll thank yourself when you taste the finished product.
The best part? It freezes well, so you can use it all year round - if it lasts that long! Anyway, this year, I wanted to try making a pie that was nut-free. I know I use a lot of cashews in my recipes (I just love cashews!), so I wanted to try something new that was more allergy-friendly. Pumpkin pie seemed like a great place to start since it's that time of the year.
While this pie takes a little longer to get firm than the cashew version, it is still crazy delicious. By the way, if you hop over to that recipe, I give a little rundown as to how to make your pumpkin puree the easy way :)
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Nut Free)
What you ned:
2 1/3 cups pumpkin puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP arrowroot powder
1/4 tsp of each: cinnamon, ginger powder, nutmeg, & cardamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 pie crust (unbaked)
What to do:
1) Make pumpkin puree by cutting open and cleaning your pumpkin. Drizzle some olive oil on it and bake in the oven until tender. Remove from oven, scoop out the flesh into the food processor, and process until very smooth.
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3) Prep pie crust.
4) Mix all the ingredients for pie filling and whisk until perfectly blended.
5) Put filling into prepped pie crust and bake for 55-60 minutes.
6) Let cool completely - for a firmer pie filling, put in the fridge for a few hours.
I like my pie cold and topped with coconut whipped cream. What about you?