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This simple Paleo Pumpkin Pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert for the whole family –food allergies or not!

I’ve received more requests for a Paleo Pumpkin Pie than I can count. So, this fall I began working on perfecting a Paleo Pumpkin Pie recipe for you to have as a dessert on your Thanksgiving table. After numerous attempts, I came up with a quick and easy recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Pie that uses a mere 6 ingredients in its filling.

Another bonus? I made this Paleo Pumpkin Pie with canned pumpkin. Yes, you heard that right, canned pumpkin. Why? Well, although I haven’t used canned pumpkin in as long as I can remember, I heard your numerous requests for an easy dessert that uses…canned pumpkin.

After I perfected this recipe with canned pumpkin, I went ahead and tested it with homemade roasted pumpkin at the insistence of my older son. He wanted to make sure that you, my readers could make Paleo Pumpkin Pie either way and was adamant that I test it both ways to ensure that it worked.

Paleo Pumpkin Pieprint

  1. In a food processor combine pumpkin puree, and eggs
  2. Pulse in coconut milk, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
  3. Pour filling into Paleo Pie Crust
  4. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes
  5. Allow to cool then refrigerate for 2 hours to set up

Makes 1 pie

For this Paleo Pumpkin Pie recipe, be sure to use the 23 cm (9 inch) pie dish. My crust looks so pretty because I pressed the Paleo Pie Crust dough up over the edges of the pie dish and then made little indentations with a fork. When I baked the Paleo Pumpkin Pie I covered the crust edge with a pie crust protector.

This Thanksgiving dessert recipe is so simple that my 15 year old son has made it several times. The result? Kid approved. His friends ate more of these Paleo Pumpkin Pies after school than you could imagine. They thought they were having a treat, while I knew I was loading them up with a healthy, highly nutritious dish full of protein and beta-carotene.

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posted on November 15, 2013, 64 comments

  1. Jackie P

    This looks like it will be easy and delicious.
    I just roasted and pureed a couple of pie pumpkins and have been looking for worthy recipes to try. This one is next.

  2. Marathon Mom

    I would like a paleo pie crust recipe. Anyone

  3. Kati glock

    is there a good substitute for coconut milk/oil? my daughter is allergic but we are trying to make the switch to the paleo lifestyle and so many of the recipes call for it!! thank you!

    • Maddy

      Honestly there is not an equally good replacement for full fat coconut milk in recipes. It provides a texture unlike any other. Are you still going to incorporate dairy in your paleo diet? If so you could probably use full fat, grass-fed, organic, raw (or any combo thereof) milk. If cow’s milk is a problem perhaps goat?

      In this recipe you might be able to get away with a nut milk though in slightly smaller quantities since it wouldn’t be so thick.

    • Candice White

      I just made it with Wallaby’s organic kefir and it seemed to work very well.

  4. Amy

    Thank You!!!! I am making this tomorrow!

  5. MamaCassi

    i am endlessly grateful to your son for insisting the recipe include homemade pumpkin (squash)! will certainly be putting this to good use over the next few weeks, maybe just for breakfasts as I have sooooo many butternut squashes (my preferred pumpkin if pumpkin is not on hand) from my farm share to use up!

  6. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts @ allglutenfreedesserts.com

    This pie looks awesome, Elana! Just added it to my gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe roundup over at All Gluten-Free Desserts. It makes #39. :-)

    Happy weekend, dear!

  7. Jen

    You rock!!! I’m so excited!!!!!!

  8. traci

    Thank you, Elana, for the many wonderful and amazing recipes.

    I am looking for a vegan version of this – has anyone tried this with an egg substitute?

  9. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl @ thekoshercavegirl.blogspot.com

    This looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it!

  10. Jennifer

    I am allergic to coconut. What can I substitute for coconut toil, coconut flour and coconut milk?

    • Pam

      Since this is a coconut-based dessert you should probably just look for a whole new recipe. I completely understand food allergies, but replacing all of the coconut ingredients in here is going to completely change the taste.

      If you really want to try it out, the crust doesn’t involve coconut flour. Actually no part of the pie does so you don’t need to worry about that. For the coconut oil you could use grass-fed butter probably. If you read the comments on the crust recipe one of the commenters says that butter or grapeseed oil will work. And if you look above some of the suggestions in replace of the coconut milk is dairy milk or a nut milk but in probably smaller amounts since it would be thinner than the coconut.

      Leave a comment back with what you try!

  11. Maria

    Years and years ago I used to make an easy pumpkin pie using sweetened condensed milk, so using coconut milk and honey makes sense because I would assume that it would end up being about the same consistency. It never occurred to me to try it, though. Thanks, Elana.

  12. has anyone tried the paleo pie crust without the egg? would enerG work, or another option? thanks

  13. Peggy

    Do you think this would work with liquid stevia drops as a sweetener instead of honey? Trying to get off all sweeteners for a while. I guess the texture would be different; maybe add a little more coconut milk if it’s too dry?

  14. Michelle

    So coconut milk like So-Delicious or from a can?

  15. kathy

    We are fans of elana, the pumpkin pie muffins are amazing, this pie recipe was not our favorite. We found it bland, we added 2 tb maple syrup plus the honey, still bland. I would suggest stronger spices.
    We are grateful for all her recipes, it can be subjective, I would recommend a stronger flavor. Again, we have made several recipes from the blog that are keepers.

    • Ann

      My pie is in the oven right not. I thought the filling tasted a bit bland so I added salt, some orange peel and more spices. The timer is going off right now. Do you wait until it’s set up to consider it “done?”

  16. Jan

    Made this last night and couldn’t wait for dinner tonight so I had a slice for breakfast….one word….YUM!!!!

    It’s really great. The crust came out good and you would never know the filling was missing evaporated milk. It did take me a little longer to bake it than the 45 mins, but I kept an eye on it. Turned out perfect…THANK YOU!!!

  17. Oge | healthy food delivery @ foodieforall.com

    Thank you Elena! This recipe sounds wonderful and comes at a perfect time. Much appreciated!

  18. It’s too bad that Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed, because I would have most likely made this for dessert!

    First of all, I love how it’s made with canned pumpkins.

    It definitely makes things a lot easier, especially when there’s so many other things to prepare for the big dinner.

    I’m not much of a baker, so hopefully I can find some paleo pre-made crusts somewhere.

  19. This sounds delicious and so simple! I’m definitely going to have to try it!

  20. april

    Any suggestions for egg substitute? Allergic and cant have soy either. At least Elanas pecan pie is a go for this year! Amazing!!!

  21. Mary

    Help! I have two of these in the oven right now. The coconut oil in the crusts is bubbling over and causing smoke in the oven. What did I do wrong???

  22. Anna

    I have one in the oven and it’s leaking too. I think it is the oil from the almonds in the crust. I put a cookie sheet underneath. But the inside isn’t set at all and it’s been in the oven for about an hour now. Do you go till it’s set up like a “traditional” pumpkin pie?

  23. Susan

    Do you bake the crust first, or just when the pie cooks?

  24. Cathy

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it Sunday night for our post Thanksgiving dinner at home last night! It is fantastic! The textures are perfect. So wonderful, I decided to have it for breakfast! Absolutely my go to recipe from now on! Thank you again! I love your recipes! Thanks again, and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  25. SunnySky

    Susan, the pie crust instructions say:

    “If you wish to use this almond flour pie crust for a pie that requires baking, simply do not pre-bake it. Load it up with your filling and bake according to the recipe of your choice, or until your pie is all the way cooked through. What do you think you’ll put in this Paleo Pie Crust? Fruit filling, cream filling,quiche –or something else altogether?”

  26. Tiffany

    Hey, I’m just wondering if anyone has tried this without the crust?

  27. I was a little worried about this because it didn’t set up at first, but after the fridge time it was perfect! We used pumpkin pie spice and switched that up a bit. But the proportions and ingredients worked perfectly – this is definitely our new go to paleo pumpkin pie recipe!

  28. Ashlee

    What consistency does the coconut oil have to be? I’m in Hawaii and want to bake this for my parents, but the coconut oil is liquified and not the usual semi-soft texture. Does it make a difference? Thanks!

  29. Jeanne J

    Baking this as I type… After tasting the batter, I added ginger, mace, allspice and clove to the base of spices listed (which I doubled.) I also added a bit more sweet…maybe 2 Tblspns…and I used maple syrup. The batter tastes great. I will report back on cooking time.

  30. Susan


    Thank you for this recipe! My daughter & her husband are strict Palio people, so I thought I’d try Palio recipes – if nothing else, but to be able to cook for them when they visit. I have to admit that being raised on southern biscuits, potatoes, and gravy and all the sugar ladened sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie a proper southern Thanksgiving dinner could have, I was skeptical to say the least. I have now tried several of your recipes – and all have been absolutely, surprisingly, wonderfully delicious! This pumpkin pie with almond flour crust is wonderful! I swear, you may have just made a convert out of me. If eating healthy can taste this good – hello Palio, here I come!

    Thank You!

  31. Elizabeth

    Hi! Just found this recipe while perusing your site (thanks to Jamie Oliver). I wanted to mention that when we made our pumpkin pie this year, I found a similar version and baked it without a crust in a ceramic casserole dish. My husband (who tries to stick to Paleo) said it was the best he’d ever had. Never being a crust fan, I was happy too. :-)

  32. Michelle

    Elana, We LOVE your recipes in my house. They are always so delicious! My daughter is allergic to tree nuts, but loves pumpkin pie. Do you have a recipe for a coconut pie crust? or another alternative? Thanks!

    • HiDee

      I doubt a coconut crust would work, the texture would not be the same, coconut flour produces more of a cakey texture to things. Plus, I’m thinking (though I haven’t tried it) that part of the crust would absorb up into the pie because coconut flour is such a thirsty flour. You could just try another reviewer’s suggestion above and make it without a crust! Or there are of course gluten-free pie crust recipes out there that are not paleo but some taste OK. My husband doesn’t do well with almonds so once a year we make this crust: http://abakinglife.thedailymeal.com/2010/02/unintended-consequences.html Otherwise, we often make Elana’s pumpkin bars (the recipe with coconut flour) when we want a pumpkin fix.

  33. Johanna

    Made this for our Thanksgiving this year and it was a major hit at the table. Thank you!!

  34. Sarah @ Yummly

    I made this, even following directions with exact ingredients and it turned out RAW! Very annoyed to have wastes the ingredients AND not to have an edible pie!

  35. This was great! I used maple syrup instead of honey. Next time I will add 1 tsp. of vanilla. My family loves the fact that it isn’t too sweet. The crust is incredible. Thank you!

  36. Vicki

    Sounds delicious! I would probably reduce the nutmeg in half. I like my pies mildly spiced – a scant tsp. cinnamon, a pinch of salt, nutmeg, allspice & ginger – No cloves! I also add 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  37. Jan

    What do I do if I am allergic to both almonds and coconut? I have been making your cashew milk which is a lifesaver. Coconut milk is as bad for me and my poor gut as dairy. Any ideas for substitutes? Xanthum and other gums are also out.

    • Andrea

      Hi Jan, I can’t do coconut milk or any gums either. I use macadamia nut milk and it works really well. I soak a cup of macadamias for about 4 hours, then drain and rinse, drop in a blender with about 3-4 cups water and blend it up. Drain through a milk bag or a fine mesh sieve. It should come out creamy and delicious and since macadamias have all that good fat its a nice substitution for the coconut milk.

  38. OK, have looked through all the comments, and there is still not an answer to egg allergy replacement (unless I missed it). I too am allergic to eggs, can anybody let us know what to use that will not greatly change the outcome of the pie? I really miss pumpkin pie,
    thanks, cm

  39. Baked this last night for an early Thanksgiving party.

    I used Danival’s Organic Pumpkin Cream which was a little more watery than a puree, so I had to add 1 tbsp of coconut flour to absorb some of the moisture, but it turned out beautifully (and made the apartment smell amazing) !

    Some of my guests topped it with Organic Vanilla Yogurt so not quite paleo.

    I think it would have been lovely as well with a dash of vanilla extract as well.

  40. Kristine

    The only thing I wasn’t sure about was how to bake with the coconut milk. Do you drain the “milk” and only use the cream or do you mix it really well? I ended up mixing it so my filling is more liquid. It’s baking now. Fingers crossed!

  41. Maureen

    I made this pie today. I doubled the cinnamon and added some cloves and ginger, and about 25 drops of liquid vanilla stevia. The taste was delicious, but the filling wasn’t as firm as I desired. Still great and edible. I think next time I will either bake it even longer or do a bit less liquid. Thanks for a great and easy recipe!

  42. Bobbi

    Made This With The Crust…Delicious !

  43. D

    Amazing recipe. Love it. Thank You

  44. Kristien

    I made this pie the other day. My husband isn’t the biggest nutmeg fan and said it could have used a little less. I happen to love nutmeg, so I thought it was great! So play around with the spices to your liking! I also used a food processor since I don’t have a Vitamix. The filling even when set (post baking) can be a bit soft (but not liquidy), but then the pies you get in the store are also loaded with corn starch! So I would take this any day! I am wondering if anyone has thought to add arrowroot powder (just a little bit?) to help thicken the filling? I don’t think it needs it, but just curious if others have tried it and what the results were.

    Anyways, I love the simpleness and healthiness of this pie. My first pumpkin pie ever and my husband said I made it look easy. Almost professional he said. Thanks Elana for another great recipe!

  45. Marcia P

    Has anyone tried freezing this?

  46. Gayle

    Can I use a blender instead of a food processor? If so, how would I pulse? There’s an ice chopping button that pulses,….would that work? Love your recipes!! Happy Hanukah!

  47. huh….I followed the recipe exactly, and it LOOKS like the pie crust has risen up through the filling…Perhaps it really should be baked BEFORE pouring in the pumpkin filling (and then baking it again). Kind of an unsightly pie….I hope the taste makes up for the looks :(

  48. Jenna

    This pie is seriously delicious! I went a different way with the crust (8 oz finely chopped pecans with 3 Tbsp. butter, in the food processor – really more of a base than a crust. But this filling is absolutely perfect. And we don’t have to feel that we’re overindulging for holiday dessert, either.

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