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Classic pumpkin pie

So it wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin pie and I couldn’t wait till Thanksgiving to try out a gluten free (GF) version of this traditional pie! I made some minor tweaks to the classic Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe (the one on the back of the cans) and it turned out great! First, I substituted a gluten free (GF) crust and second, I used coconut palm sugar (1:1 ratio to regular white sugar) since that’s what I had in the house. The pie was a little darker in color, but it was EXCELLENT!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar (I used coconut palm sugar – which has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar cane sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz) 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9″ deep-dish pie shell (I used a gluten free pie crust from Wholly Wholesome)

Directions

  • Mix sugar, salt, spices in a small bowl
  • Beat eggs in a large bowl and stir in pumpkin and sugar/spice mixture
  • Gradually stir in evaporated milk
  • Pour into pie shell
  • Bake in preheated 425* oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350* and bake 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean
  • Cool n wire rack for 2 hours.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate
  • Top with whipped cream! 🙂

Super mom tip: Don’t keep that many spices stocked? Save a step and use 1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon/ginger/cloves.

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Pumpkin Soup

This is a hearty pumpkin soup, garnished with a bit of bacon and chives for added flavor! Curry and cumin give it some warmth and a subtle flavor but are not distinct enough to make this a ‘curry’ flavored dish.

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Ingredients

  • 1 little sugar pumpkin (about the size of a cantaloupe)
  • 3+ cups vegetable or chicken broth (more for a thinner soup, less for a chunky pumpkin stew)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp butter, olive oil or other fat
  • 1/2 tsp curry
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, milk or coconut milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  • Bake your pumpkin by slicing it in half, cleaning out the seeds, de-stemming and putting it cut-side down in a baking dish with some water, ~45mins on 350* (I did this a day or two in advance when I was baking other veggies). Peel and discard skin.
  • SautĂ© onions in butter or oil until translucent and soft
  • Add curry and cumin and sautĂ© for another minute
  • Add pumpkin pulp, chicken broth and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins
  • Remove from heat and use an inversion/hand blender directly in pot until soup is smooth
  • Stir in cream
  • Add salt & pepper as needed and garnish with crumbled bacon and chives

Paleo tip: For ‘true’ paleo, omit dairy items and instead use coconut fat and coconut milk.

Super mom tip: You guessed it – it’s ‘freezable’! 🙂

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What to do with pumpkin seeds!

It’s pumpkin season.. OK, I get a little obsessed when pumpkin lattes arrive and then it just takes off from there. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin frosted cupcakes :-),  pumpkin soup, pumpkin curry.. I’ve been feeding fresh cooked pumpkin to baby Anders who is 7 months and chowing it down! And let’s not forget pumpkin seeds! Roasted and salted.. YUM!

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Ingredients

  • Pumpkin seeds (if you are digging them out of a pumpkin, first rinse and pat dry w/paper towels)
  • Oil or cooking spray
  • Salt

Directions

  • Oven to 350*
  • Toss pumpkin seeds with oil or just spray a large pan with some cooking spray
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until you hear them start to pop or they start turning golden
  • Salt

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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Pumpkin Spice Frosting

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Ingredients
For the Paleo Pumpkin Spice Frosting
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream/milk, full fat, refrigerated overnight (I used 1 can)
  • ÂĽ heaping cup canned pumpkin or pulp from roasted pumpkin
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsps vanilla
  • ½ tsps apple cider vinegar
  • pinch sea salt
  • a few dashes of cinnamon to taste and some to sprinkle on the cupcakes
  • a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • a few dashes of cloves to taste
  • Coconut palm sugar to sprinkle on the cupcakes
For the Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup of blanched almond flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut palm sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • a few dashes of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of full fat canned coconut milk, room temperature
  • ÂĽ cup of organic palm shortening or coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, whisked
Instructions
  1. To make the frosting: In a tall cup or bowl, put the hardened layer of coconut cream/milk from the refrigerated cans, equaling about a cup, along with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Use an immersion blender or hand mixer to combine and whip the ingredients together. Add more spices if needed to preferred taste. Put in the refrigerator uncovered to thicken for 30 minutes or longer while you make your cupcakes.
  3. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners
  4. In a medium sized bowl combine your dry ingredients, almond flour, coconut palm sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir together with a fork and set aside.
  5. In another medium sized bowl combine chocolate chips and coconut milk and melt using the double boiler method. Stir consistently until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in the melted organic palm shortening or coconut oil, vanilla and eggs into the melted chocolate and coconut milk mixture.
  7. Now fold your dry ingredients into the melted chocolate mixture until completely combined.
  8. Pour batter into the cupcake liners or pan and fill about â…” full, they will rise slightly when baking.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let completely cool before frosting. To frost, transfer the frosting to a decorating bag and use desired tip. Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and enjoy!

Source and inspired by PaleOMG.com

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Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Can’t get enough pumpkin recipes this fall? I know! October is pumpkin month around here.

This bread is a special paleo version. And for those new to paleo, this may not taste very sweet or like the classic pumpkin bread you are used to! But it is delicious served hot with butter or with a bowl of soup, such as Chicken Chili! 🙂Blog Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • ½ cup pumpkin (roasted or canned)
  • 2-3 Tbsps honey or agave syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • Handful of raisins and/or chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  • In a food processor combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and spices
  • Add pumpkin, honey or agave and eggs and blend for 2 minutes
  • Scoop batter into a mini loaf pan
  • Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes
  • Cool and serve

Super mom tip: Slice and freeze individual portions for easy retrieval and reheating

Paleo what? What’s up with the whole Paleo thingy? Read more about my journey and some great resources on my food blog, Les Petits Pois!

Inspired (and slightly modified) from one of my favorite gluten free masters Elana’s Pantry

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