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Pumpkin Pie With Oatmeal Gingersnap Shortcrust

Pumpkin Pie With Oatmeal Gingersnap Shortcrust

I love to get into the pumpkin pie spirit this time of year so I’ve been going pumpkin crazy here at Healthy Chef Headquarters – baking, mixing and testing my ultimate recipe for pumpkin pie. The balance needs to be just right when creating the perfect pumpkin pie.  The crust just the right balance of flaky and melt in the mouth.  The filling – not too sweet, just velvety and smooth with aromatics of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg tantalising every bite. This recipe is from my new cookbook Purely Delicious.

What’s great about it:

Pumpkin is a great source of carotenoid antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and help to support a healthy immune system. Pumpkin is also low GI, a good source of fibre that will fill you up without blowing you out. The potassium content of pumpkin is awesome ! Potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes and supports heart and muscle function. Cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar levels as well as helps to boost brain function.

 

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ingredients (Serves 12)

Oatmeal Gingersnap Shortcrust  (see notes for gluten free)
Use 1 x 20 cm pie tin (7  1/2 inch)

200g (2 cups) organic rolled oats
50 g (1/2 cup) organic desiccated coconut
60 g cultured butter or your choice of (coconut or macadamia nut oil)
2 tbsp organic maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Filling

450g (2 cups)  roasted cinnamon pumpkin
3 fresh pitted dates or 2 tablespoons honey or organic maple syrup
3 organic / free range eggs
Pinch sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnmon
1/4  teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of nutmeg
1 cup organic coconut or pure cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

method

  1. Combine crust ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined. The longer you mix the better as this will achieve a softer oatmeal dough that binds perfectly.
  2. Rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Press your oatmeal crust into a 20 cm pie shell and set aside to prepare the filling.
  4. Blend roasted pumpkin with the dates or honey, eggs, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cream and vanilla.
  5. Pour into your pie shell.
  6. Bake in a preheated 180 C oven for 45 minutes.
  7. Cool for at least 2 hours and enjoy warm or cold.
+ notes & inspiration +

 

Spelt + Oatmeal Shortcrust (alternative crust recipe) – from my apple pie

 

Gluten free/Paleo Shortcrust base – see this recipe

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