Date-Sweetened Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Topping

An amazing kitchen experiment yesterday led to a delicious addition to my famous oil-free, no sugar added pumpkin pie recipe! OK, OK so maybe it isn't quite famous, but it did land me on the Today Show two years ago in Joy Bauer's Too Good To Be Healthy segment! Too bad I hadn't discovered this whipped topping before my TV debut :) 

So what makes the whipped topping so special? It is made from the liquid of one can garbanzo beans. Seriously. I'm not kidding. A little maple syrup, vanilla and cornstarch gives it a touch of sweetness and stabilization. It whips up in your mixer in just 10 minutes! 

Enjoy the pie! If you have any healthy holiday recipes, please send them our way! We would love to hear about them.

PUMPKIN PIE

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup water

Filling:

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Soak dates for both crust and filling in boiling water for 10 minutes. 
  3. Drain dates and set aside half to use for the filling in the next step. Add half of the dates for the crust in a food processor with remaining crust ingredients and pulse until thouroughly combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan.
  4. Add dates for filling to food processor with remaining filling ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  5. Pour filling into crust and bake for 35-40 minutes. 
  6. Let cool at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow pie to set up. 

WHIPPED TOPPING

Ingredients

  • Liquid from 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Splash vanilla extract

Preparation Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in mixer and mix on high for 10 minutes.
  2. Watch in awe.
Pulse ingredients for crust in food processor until they look something like this.

Pulse ingredients for crust in food processor until they look something like this.

Press crust mixture into and up the sides of a pie pan. You may want to use a spatula.

Press crust mixture into and up the sides of a pie pan. You may want to use a spatula.

Blend filling ingredients in food processor or blender, then pour into your crust.

Blend filling ingredients in food processor or blender, then pour into your crust.

Bake and serve. Yum!

Bake and serve. Yum!