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Paleo Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin Seed Crust

November 12, 2014

Paleo Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin Seed Crust plus a full Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that includes everything besides the turkey!

To say that I am excited for Thanksgiving this year would be the understatement of the century. As a born and bred Canadian, my experience with American Thanksgiving has been limited to only a few occasions, but let me tell you, it was love at first bite.

This year, I’ll be celebrating with C’s family in SF. Preparations include, reading the low-down email I received at least 3 times a day, brainstorming what I plan to contribute (this post is helping!) and making plans to pack my second stomach.

Thanksgiving is meant to be enjoyed and not stressed over. The likelihood of you overindulging is pretty high so don’t beat yourself up over it. Try throwing in some healthier options if you can. More importantly, focus on giving thanks to the people you love over a delicious meal.

I’ve been meaning to make this pie since last year but somehow I never got around to it. This round-up was the perfect opportunity for me to test my pie skills aka master the pumpkin seed crust. I thought it would take me several attempts to get it, but the pie gods were on my side and it turned out amazing on the first try.

Paleo Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin Seed Crust - the most delicious healthy dessert recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner!This Paleo Pumpkin Pie is dairy-free, grain-free and has zero refined sugar! It requires a bit of patience, but it is absolutely worth it.


Paleo Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin Seed Crust



For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, cold
  • 1 large egg white, frothed

For the Filling:

  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (or homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I use my DIY Pumpkin Spice Recipe)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


For the Crust:

  1. In a blender or food processor, process pumpkin seeds until completely ground (will be somewhat sticky and clump together)
  2. In a bowl combine ground pumpkin seeds, baking powder, xanthan gum, tapioca starch, coconut palm sugar and sea salt.
  3. Add in coconut oil and either cut in using a pastry cutter or mix with hands. Should create pea-sized clumps in dough (don’t overmix).
  4. Slowly incorporate egg white and continue stirring until dough can come together into a ball.
  5. Place ball between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to form a 10 inch circle.*
  6. Carefully place crust over a 9 inch pie plate, cut off excess crust hanging over and then press crust into sides (it’s okay if it breaks, just fix with your hands to fill in broken parts)**

For the Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together pumpkin puree, coconut oil and almond milk.
  3. Add in tapioca flour, coconut palm sugar and pumpkin pie spice
  4. Mix in egg and egg whites and then the vanilla extract
  5. Pour the filling into the crust and smooth out top with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and use tin foil to cover the crust (so it won’t burn) and then place back in the oven to bake for another 15-20 minutes or until top has set.***
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour.
  9. Cover and place in refrigerator to set for another 2 hours. Do not try eating before cooling as pie will fall apart.
  10. Serve at room temperature.
  11. Will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

*I use this non-stick roller with the parchment paper and I love it!
**to form scalloped edges follow this tutorial or use this pie plate.
***check out this pie crust shield which is all kinds of awesome!

Paleo Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin Seed Crust plus a full Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that includes everything besides the turkey!
That’s a full meal of healthy Thanksgiving eats for ya! That is if you have the patience to wait until Thanksgiving to make these…

What are some of your favourite Thanksgiving dishes? Have you ever tried to healthify some of them?


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  • Reply
    November 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    the kiwi actually doesn’t like Thanksgiving. Too american he says. haha. But i bet he’d love that bacon and brussels!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

      It’s funny cause I LOVE T-giving because it is so American. Canadian Thanksgiving is just so mehhhhh!

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    November 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Normally I’m not super stoked on Thanksgiving, but this year I’m psyched, too! My friends and I are doing a Friendsgiving on Wednesday, followed by family Thanksgiving on Thursday. So excited! I love that you and the ladies put together a healthy menu. So genius! And this pie? Gimme the whole thang!! 😀

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    November 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

    This crust is genius!! We eat pumpkin pie at Christmas, too (I know, we’re weird) so I am going to have to make this!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I’m a Christmas N00b so you could tell me you eat fried duck intestine for X-mas and I’d believe you haha

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    November 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Oh HECK yes. Pumpkin seed crust? Genius. I’m also just a weeeee bit jealous that you’ll be spending Thanksgiving in SF— one of my favorite cities ever!!!
    I tried healthifying stuffing a couple years ago by making a quinoa stuffing…but I was just sad. I love quinoa and all, but stuffing just needs bread. I will never commit that Thanksgiving crime ever again.

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    Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe
    November 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    That pie looks amazing and I love the variety of the recipes on the list!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Aw thank you Phoebe! Also can I just say that I am a HUGE fan of your blog! I’ve been silently stalking your creations for years. Okay I totally just outed myself haha. Anywayyyyyy Happy Friday and thanks again 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    November 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Love this menu you guys came up with! But as a pumpkin pie lover, your recipe in particular calls out to me. It looks amazing! And I love the idea for a pumpkin seed crust.

    My family would probably try to shoot me if I ever tried to healthify our Thanksgiving dinner haha. My favourite dishes are the pumpkin pie (duh), cheesy baked cauliflower, and my dad’s stuffing that I’m pretty sure is made with a whole pound of butter lol.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

      If it makes you feel any better, my Mom (hi Mom!) totally stalked the comments of this post and saw that I mentioned lowering the sugar in her T-giving dessert recipe for this year and promptly emailed me telling me to not dare attempt trying that lol. So yeah, healthy and thanksgiving don’t go hand in hand in my fam!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I can hardly handle all this beauty!!!! Seriously crushing on that pie. I my just have to make it for the fam and say it’s full of gluten and allllll the sugar so they’ll eat it. Obsessed!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      yeahhhhhh I’m wondering how this will go over on Thanksgiving….

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    November 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    This is perfect, and I now get to use the xanthan gum that stares at me in my cupboard! Haha

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I hear ya!!! I hope that stuff doesn’t go back because it usually sits in my cupboard for a while…It’s such a key ingredient though! Oh the gluten-free life haha

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    November 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I’ve made paleo pumpkin pie before but never with a pumpkin seed crust. This looks amazing!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks lady! I’m excited to celebrate two Thanksgivings this year just for the pumpkin pie!

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    November 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I totally health-ified basically everything my grandmother cooks last year… green beans almondine, pumpkin pie, corn bread (well, she never makes that but healthier than rolls). So sad I’m missing Thanksgiving but can’t wait to spend even more time with you in SF!!!

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    November 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    YUM! I have been totally waiting for this recipe to be posted! That pumpkin seed crust sounds like a GENIUS idea! Will give this a try soon! You’re coming to SF?? That’s just 15 minutes away from me!

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    Kay @ Kay Bueno
    November 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Those brussel sprouts, oh man.

    My family got lazy on the whole turkey thing, and so now for Thanksgiving we just end up making all our favorite side dishes. I might have to make those. But my mom makes some mean sweet potato dishes.

    You’ll have a blast in SF for Thanksgiving. Good weather, good food, good people.

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