Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Pumpkin Pie Perfection

Was that dairy-free AND soy-free I said? Yes, I just couldn’t bear another tofu pumpkin pie recipe, so this year I went for a soy-free version that is oh so easy and delicious. Even better, both the filling and the crust use everyday pantry ingredients. Okay, hopefully you don’t keep eggs in your pantry, but you get the idea.

Speaking of eggs, I did attempt to make this pie egg-free / vegan using Bryanna’s recipe as a guide, but no go. The cornstarch-y texture and taste were both too “off” for our tastebuds. However, some good ol’ Ener-G eggs may do the trick. I have never used them, so I can’t vouch, but if you want a tofu-free, egg-free pumpkin pie, it may be worth a test!

If you do use eggs in baking, I can attest that this pumpkin pie recipe is a definite winner. It tastes fantastic and is a great make-ahead option. Growing up, I remember how the famous Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe would leave you with a soggy crust when stored overnight, but this recipe keeps a nice firm crust, and refrigerating it allows the flavors to meld … actually both my husband and I preferred it after a night of chilling …

Delicious Dairy-Free Soy-Free Pumpkin Pie

 

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Pumpkin Pie

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, and optionally Gluten-Free. See my notes above on egg-free / vegan.

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg or Allspice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 15-ounce Can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Canned Coconut Milk (this is the stuff sold in the Asian section of most grocers – I use the full-fat version, but have received feedback from people that the Lite canned version works well too)
  • 1 Unbaked Pie Shell  (see below for my regular or whole wheat recipe, or for a gluten-free option, try this recipe, substituting soy-free Earth Balance for the butter)

Preheat your oven to 425ºF.

Combine the sugars, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or allspice, cloves and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the sugar mixture, pumpkin, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the coconut milk.

Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350ºF and continue to bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.  It may be a bit wobbly still, but it will firm-up as it cools.

Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for 2 hours (Be patient! This is important).  Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Peasy Pie Crust

  • 1-1/2 Cups All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (I used ww pastry flour, and it was still excellent)
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Grapeseed or Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Cold Water

Combine all of the ingredients, and press the dough into a 9-inch pie pan.  Fill and bake as directed above.

Yields 8 dee-licious slices

Dairy-Free Soy-Free Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie

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Uber-Rich, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Sweet Peanut Butter Pieces

I admit it, I am one of those people who is either leaping into seasonal foods three months too early, or dragging my feet into the new food season. Case in point, I bought an ice cream maker in September. Yes, I know today is officially the first day of fall, but at $15, who could resist this end-of-the-season deal?

Refusing to store this appliance without any use, and since it is still pretty toasty here, I gave it a couple test drives this past week. My first batch of blueberry ice cream was a little too low fat. It turned out too icy for our tastes. So I went to the other extreme. If you are fat-phobic, click away now. If not, carry on.

I wasn’t sure about posting an ice cream recipe as we are heading into fall, especially since I still want to tinker with this one a bit (perhaps toning down that ultra-creamy texture!) and I had already packed my ice cream scoop (no photo-worthy mounds of ice cream), but HEAB said “Never too late for ice-cream recipes,” so here I am (she is the nut butter goddess after all, who am I to argue?).

The PB chunks are a version of the Peanut Butter “Chips” from my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. The “Chips” are fairly firm and would probably be teeth-breakers in ice cream, so I softened them a bit to still be relatively firm yet forgiving in the ice cream. You can see the chunks throughout … I went overboard a bit …

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Uber-Rich, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This recipe is Vegan / Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, and optionally Free of Refined Sugars, but definitely NOT Fat-Free

  • 1 14-oz Can Whole or Light Coconut Milk (I used whole – whoa rich! Light would tone it down a bit and mellow the coconut flavor)
  • 1/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (or to taste, I used lightly salted)
  • 1/3 cup Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, or Honey* (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Batch Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chunks (recipe below)

Combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, agave (see note below for honey), and vanilla in your blender, and blend until smooth. Place the mixture in your refrigerator and allow it to thoroughly chill before proceeding. Use this time to make sure the canister of your ice cream maker has been thoroughly chilled in the freezer, and that the container you will pack the ice cream in for keeping is also chilled.

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions (this recipe is rich enough, that you may have success simply freezing it and stirring occasionally until frozen if you don’t have an ice cream maker).

While that is whirring away, make the PB chunks. The recipe below makes a lotta chunks. If you want to start with less, half it.

When the ice cream is done, pack it into your chilled container, and drizzle the top with as much of the melted PB Chunks as you desire, creating a thin or thick layer. Freeze until mostly firm. The PB chunk layer will be solidified, break it up with a spoon and stir into the peanut butter ice cream. Freeze until completely firm. Spoon into bowls, enjoy.

* If using honey, you will need to heat the mixture slowly in a saucepan until the honey dissolves. Unlike agave, honey is a bit temperamental about dissolving in cold liquids.

Ice Cream-Friendly, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chunks

Recipe adapted from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook

  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter (I used lightly salted)
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar or Honey (don’t sub sugar here, you want soft chunks)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat, and stir until everything is melted and combined.

This makes a lot of PB chunkage, so you may only want to use 1/2 or 3/4 of the recipe for the ice cream quantities in the recipe above.

 

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Sinful Cinnamon-Apple Sauté (Breakfast or Dessert?)

Actually, this little dish isn’t sinful at all, but that title just sounds so good doesn’t it? Well, this saute does produce tender, juicy apples with a wonderfully rich, sweet, and cinnamon-y syrup, rendering it indulgent enough for a healthy dessert.

Cinnamon Apple Saute

However, I had it for breakfast. I ate it on its own as a part of my multi-course Sunday grazing. But, this simple recipe (just 10 minutes!) is incredibly flexible when it comes to serving options. You can:

  • Serve the apples with your favorite yogurt (mine being this one), stirring a bit of the resultant cinnamon apple syrup into the yogurt if desired.
  • Top waffles with the apples and resultant cinnamon-apple syrup.
  • Spread nut butter on a bagel, toast, or rice cakes, and top with slices of cinnamon apples (one of my faves).
  • Serve over rice or other grain (I don’t know why I just thought of this one, but it really sounds good).
  • Sprinkle the apples with ground flaxseed or your favorite granola (homemade if you can!).
  • Top the apples with a scoop of ice cream (this one and this one being my picks), drizzling some of the resultant syrup over top of everything for a sundae flare. Oh what the heck, sprinkle on some granola too!
  • You say you’ve finished the apples, but have a little bit of leftover syrup? Use it to sweeten your favorite tea! Problem solved.

Okay, now that you are brimming with ideas, lets get to the kitchen …

 

Simply Scrumptious Cinnamon-Apple Sauté
Recipe adapted from the October 2007 issue of Natural Health Magazine

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, optionally Vegan, and optionally Soy-Free

  • 2 Medium Apples (around 3/4 to 1 lb), sliced 1/4-inch thick (no need to peel!)
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed if you have it)
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Oil or Margarine (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup (I used honey, but I think maple syrup may be even better)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • Generous Pinch of Salt (especially if using oil rather than margarine)

In a medium sized bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and briefly set aside.

In a large skillet, melt heat the oil or margarine over medium heat. Add the honey or maple syrup and the vanilla extract, giving everything a quick stir. Add the apples, and stir to coat them with the sweet sauce. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and once again, stir to ensure the apples are evenly coated.

Cover, and allow the apples to cook for 3 to 5 minutes (or until desired tenderness) checking in to stir once or twice.

They are ready! Enjoy them as is, or see the beginning of this post for some serving options.

Cinnamon Pears Option: Use 2 medium pears instead of the apples. Pears are generally softer than apples, so you will only need 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time once covered.

Yields 2 Yummy Servings of Apples

Cinnamon Apple Saute

 

My Earth Day Note: One of my Earth Day resolutions is to try to eat more seasonally. While I was sure that apples were a fall fruit, it seems the crops are brimming right now. I purchase organic apples, since they are a top “pesticide crop.” An abundance of northwest apples (as local as it gets for this area) allowed me to purchase a bag of these beauties (Fuji I believe) for less than a dollar a pound.