Maple Pumpkin Pie – This naturally sweetened pumpkin pie recipe might be the best I’ve ever had. Perfectly spiced and perfect for the holidays! (Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)
Does anyone else get SUPER excited about the pie part of the holiday meals? (Raises hand)
Pumpkin pie is probably the most iconic Thanksgiving dessert in the US, and I’m always looking for yummy ways to spin it.
This maple pumpkin pie recipe is my favorite yet. It’s perfectly spiced, takes just a few easy-to-find ingredients, and doesn’t involve a lot of extra fuss. Maple Pumpkin Pie is the perfect holiday dessert and one I think you’ll come back to again and again. Here’s what I put it in it to make it feel special…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MAPLE PUMPKIN PIE:
- A GOOD PIE CRUST. You can use whatever your favorite crust is for this maple pumpkin pie–a traditional crust, a gluten-free crust, or a paleo crust (see the FAQ!)
- PUMPKIN PUREE. I love that this pumpkin pie recipe uses a whole can of pumpkin puree. Simple to measure and no extras to worry about! Do be sure to look for unsweetened pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
- EGGS. Eggs add binding power to the pumpkin pie filling and give it that velvety smooth custard texture you’re looking for.
- PURE MAPLE SYRUP. It wouldn’t be maple pumpkin pie without pure maple syrup! I love that it’s naturally sweetened, and the maple syrup flavor is subtle but gorgeous. So complementary to the other flavors!
- VANILLA & WARM SPICES. The flavoring for this pumpkin pie is so delicious and straightforward. I use a blend of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. (I use these same spices in my pumpkin cake, and it’s UNREAL.)
- A LITTLE SALT. Lastly, we temper the sweetness and spices with a bit of salt. I promise it’ll make the other flavors come alive!
Feeling extra fancy? Try making our maple pumpkin pie with homemade pumpkin puree! Learn how to make pumpkin puree here.
4 YUMMY WAYS TO SERVE THIS MAPLE PUMPKIN PIE:
- WITH A HEFTY DOLLOP OF WHIPPED CREAM OR COCONUT CREAM. My favorite way to eat any pumpkin pie is with a nice, big dollop of whipped cream. I love the cool, creamy combination! Store-bought or homemade will do the job. (You can make your own coconut whipped cream, or you can pick up a store-bought variety that’ll be a bit more stable.)
- OR A SCOOP OF VANILLA ICE CREAM. Another option is a scoop of a yummy vanilla ice cream. (NadaMoo vanilla, and SoDelicious cashew milk vanilla ice cream are two of my favorite dairy free vanillas!)
- WITH LEAF CUT-OUTS. If your pie crust recipe makes a double crust (one for the top and bottom), you’ll have a spare crust. One pretty option is to roll out the second crust and use leaf-shaped cookie cutters or a pie crust punch (like these or these) to make leaf cut-outs. Brush them with a little melted butter/ghee or an egg wash and sprinkle with a bit of coarse turbinado sugar or cinnamon sugar for an extra special finish! (I bake mine at 375 for 15-20 minutes or so.)
- FOR BREAKFAST! I’m *mostly* kidding? But I’m just saying, if you’ve never had a slice of leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, have you really lived? Try it! Your life will never be the same.;)
FAQ + TIPS FOR PERFECT MAPLE PUMPKIN PIE:
DO I REALLY HAVE TO PRE-BAKE THE CRUST? Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Otherwise, your crust’ll likely be soggy in the middle. Follow the steps for pre-baking/blind baking the crust (lightly line with parchment, weigh down with dry beans or pie weights, bake, remove parchment, etc.) and you’ll end up with a crust that’s cooked through and beautifully golden.
DOES THIS TASTE STRONGLY OF MAPLE? Yes and no? It doesn’t taste like pancake syrup, nor does it taste like a spoonful of pure maple syrup. It’s got subtle maple flavor throughout the pie, but the warm spice blend keeps it from being too strong.
HOW CAN I MAKE IT TASTE MORE LIKE MAPLE? If you want some serious maple flavor, you may like adding a tiny bit of maple extract. It’s not quite the same as the pure maple syrup taste, but it really punches up the maple flavor. I’d start with 1/4 tsp.
TIPS FOR A PERFECT BAKE. You want to pull the maple pumpkin pie out when the edges are set and the center is a little wobbly. It will continue to set as it cools.
HELP! MY FILLING CRACKED! You know? It happens. It won’t impact the taste in the slightest. (Just dollop with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream!)
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Originally shared Nov 2019. Updated Nov 2021.