Vegan Mini Pumpkin Pies

Vegan Mini Pumpkin Pies
Making pies can be time consuming and if the crust doesn’t come out right, the entire pie can be lose its appeal. I don’t know about you but I’ve had the experience of overcooked and undercooked pie crusts, neither of which made Thanksgiving dessert time perfect. This year I was determined to create pie options that were more forgiving, plus super healthy while still being delicious. A tall order, but I found these cute pumpkin pie cups that filled all my requirements. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and grain-free. Sounds impossible I know, but I promise these are great and very easy to prepare. It’s best to make them the night before or early Thanksgiving morning since, like all pies, it needs to set in the refrigerator for several hours. If you’re visiting friends or the majority of your guests are demanding the gluten, dairy and sugar laden variety of pumpkin pie that will be consumed by the majority of Americans, I would like to suggest you try these to bring along for yourself and any other family members who are avoiding any of those ingredients. Because they’re small and bite-size they are easy to transport and won’t be confused for the traditional unhealthy version. I’d like to thank feastingonfruit.com for the inspiration for this recipe. I just made a few small changes, but essentially this wonderfully easy recipe was all hers.
Please let me know how you enjoy these.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup organic almond flour This recipe makes 4 cups, consider doubling or tripling it to make more.
  • Note: If you need to avoid nuts consider substituting brown rice flour. The only difference is that it requires more maple syrup and water. You’ll need 1/4 cup maple syrup and 4-6 tbsp water. Combine until the texture is crumbly but sticks together when pressed.
  • 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp filtered water
  • Ingredients for Filling
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree from a box or can – this is pure pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup baked or steamed and mashed organic sweet potato – it’s easier to steam. Simply peel, cut into small pieces and steam until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Mix together the crust ingredients with a fork until well combined. It’s a crumbly texture, but will stick together when pressed.
  • Lightly grease 4 cups of a muffin pan with a neutral oil such as avocado or almond. Place a strip of parchment paper along the bottom of each cup for easier removal.
  • Press the crust into the muffin tin, covering the bottom and sides evenly. You can wet your fingers if it seems too sticky.
  • Blend the filling ingredients until smooth and creamy using a blender or mixer.
  • Pour into the crusts, and smooth out the tops.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 375F.
  • Cool then chill overnight (or at least 8 hours).
  • Consider topping with coconut whipped cream – recipe here.
  • To your fabulous health,

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