RECIPE: Good For You Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie profile

For those of us who feel compelled to enjoy the seasonal deliciousness that is: Pumpkin Pie, here is an all natural, healthy, dairy-free version.

I really went above and beyond for this pie pictured here.  I made my own crust, a real coup for me, you should know.

Pie crust Recipe can be found at Smitten Kitchen (or google ” healthy pie crust recipe” or grab a pre made at the store, as long as the ingredients are real).

Sub gluten free flour for a wheat free option.

pp ingredients

PIE FILLING: In a large bowl combine:

3  Eggs

1  15 oz canned organic pumpkin (another recipe for pumpkin pie is on side of the can, but this one’s better, and better for you, trust me)

1/2  13 oz can coconut milk (use ~6-8 oz; I used lite coconut milk; MOST LITE things are filled with artificial sweeteners, not this though, save remainder for a smoothie)

1 Tbsp pumpkin spice (or allspice, or get creative and mix your own, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom concoction)

3/4 Packed brown sugar (I actually used evaporated organic cane sugar, but use sweetener of your choice)

1/2 tsp salt


I’m told it’s best to cover the edges of your pie crust with tinfoil to prevent it from burning and bake the crust for ~ 5 min before adding filling, to prevent the center from being mushy.

Pour mixture into your pie crust and bake in pre heated oven at 375 for approximately 40 min.

Center of pie will still jiggle a little when its done, but don’t fret, it will continue cooking while you cool it for 30-40 minutes.

You hear me? Cool it! Don’t go scorching your tongue trying to get a quick taste.

Oh and your house will smell amazing.

pumkin pie half

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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