Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

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Chances are good that someone at your Thanksgiving table this year will be avoiding gluten.  Here’s a fantastic no-bake option from Chef Jusin Swain of  REX 1516  in Philadelphia.

Pie Crust

2 1/4 cup ground raw hazelnuts
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil
9 dates, stoned

  1. Place hazelnuts and cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix well, breaking up any lumps.
  2. Add coconut oil to powder mixture and mix well.
  3. Place dates in a small bowl and mash with a fork.
  4. Add dates to dough-like mixture and combine well with hands.
  5. Place crust into 9-inch round pie pan.
  6. Place crust in refrigerator while making filling.

Filling

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
2 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer until smooth and creamy.  Both fats should be well softened to ensure the filling is lump free.
  2. Add the powdered sugar to the mixture and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, molasses, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree and beat until thoroughly combined.  If you find that your filling is lumpy, pass it through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
  4. Spoon the filling into the pie shell.  Let pie chill in the fridge overnight.  (very important that it chills overnight or it won’t set up.

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About Monica Reinagel

A licensed nutritionist, noted author, and trained chef, Monica Reinagel, MS, LN, CNS, is creator of the #1-ranked Nutrition Diva podcast (http://nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/), author of the Nutrition Over Easy blog (http://nutritionovereasy.com/), and is a frequent contributor to leading health and lifestyle websites and magazines.
Monica's books include Amazon best-seller The Inflammation Free Diet Plan, as well as The Life Extension Revolution: The New Science of Growing Older without Aging (with Philip Miller, M.D.) and The Secrets of Evening Primrose Oil. Her latest book is Secrets for a Healthy Diet: What to Eat, What to Avoid, and What to Stop Worrying About (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312676417).
Monica holds a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and is a board-certified nutrition specialist. She's the creator of the IF Rating system, a scientific method of predicting the inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects of foods. Professional affiliations include the American Dietetic Association, the American College of Nutrition, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She makes her home in Baltimore, MD. Connect with Monica on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NutritionDiva).

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