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Pumpkin Pecan Pie with Maple Cinnamon Coconut Whip

 One of the other requests I got from my facebook fans was to make a healthier version of pecan pie with no sugar. This is nearly impossible as the entire filling is literally just gelled sugar. This is my shot at making a healthier version anyhow. I used my pumpkin pie filling to replace the gelled sugar and this to me is healthier because now you only have to eat 1 piece of pie to get all the pie flavors of Thanksgiving instead of two.

Try it this holiday with the delicious Maple Cinnamon Coconut Whip down there. It's magnificent. Just be careful not to cut your hands on the can when you are scooping out the good stuff, cause blood isn't vegan.

1 1/4 c raw cashews, soaked over night
2 c pumpkin puree
1/2 c sucanat
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp for later
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 c pecan halves
9" vegan pie crust (you can get gluten free at almost any store now)
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Blend cashews in a food processor until creamy and smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar, 1/4 cup of the syrup, salt, cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin pie spice and continue doing what you do until its creamy smooth.
  3. Coat those pecans in the 2 tbsp maple syrup and arrange evenly on the bottom of the pie shell. Make sure you have enough for the bottom of the pie shell and some for the top too. 
  4. Pour pumpkin filling on top of the pecans and put another layer of pecans on top.
  5. Bake for about an hour and make sure to let it cool before you slice it up.
The bottom layer of pecans
Cooling down so I can cut her up

Maple Cinnamon Coconut Whip
1 can of coconut milk, fridged overnight
maple syrup, to taste
cinnamon, to taste
  1. After you've left the coconut milk in the fridge overnight the contents of the can are going to separate. You can keep the coconut water for whatever your heart desires but the good stuff is going to be the creamy thick stuff....that's what she said. Scoop it out and wizz it around until it gets soft and fluffy. Mix in the remaining ingredients, or any other flavors you'd rather have and serve on top of the pie. 


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