Vegan Pumpkin Pie

This time of year is a gourmet one at my house. Spring and Summer are all about smoothies and simple beautiful fresh salads.

I adore Winter and Fall though because I love being inside, I love giving and I LOVE family. And most of all, I love how crafty and fun the decorations are and gourmet the appetizers and warm dishes can be. It doesn't have to be unhealthy to be gourmet! And I will prove that to you all this year! 

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So let's get these holiday months started with Vegan Pumpkin Pie. YUM! This turned out so good. We devoured it in just a few days. My kids aren't big on the pumpkin pie but they had their fair share {I think most of it was my doing though - wink!}. 

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CRUST

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup crushed graham crackers {I used gluten-free}

1 1/4 cup pecans, raw

pinch sea salt

3 dates, pitted

Blend all in food processor until it turns into a "meal" texture. Nothing too chunky but don't process too long or it will become like a nut butter texture. Press mixture into a glass circular pie pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

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FILLING

1 can pumpkin 

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp powdered ginger

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 1/2 Tbls ginger syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla bean {optional}

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

pinch sea salt

Combine all of the above until super duper smooth. Poor into pie shell. Using a spatula, smooth over the top of the filling to make it nice and flat. 

Cook entire pie for about 30 minutes or until crust browns. 

NOTE: Store this pie chilled all day until it's time for dinner. Serve it cold or at room temp after a few hours of refrigeration. It is a little bit more on the soft side since there are no eggs or thickening agents. If this happens, don't worry, it still tastes amazing and you did nothing wrong. 

Serve with whipped cream or vegan ice cream. 

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Now my family is off to Napa once again for this lovely holiday! We are SO excited {leaving early in the car packed to the brim}. I hope you all have the most cozy, happy, wonderful Thanksgiving - no matter where you.