Nourishing Pumpkin Pie

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Every November, I start getting really excited. Why? Because… Pumpkin Pie Season! And ever since I began making the pumpkin pie from the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, I have felt even more justified in my love for eating pumpkin pie for breakfast.

So, I make a lot of them during the holiday season. This bonanza only lasts for about a month, and I relish every pie, every crust, every bite. And so does my family. The pie I make is a slightly modified version of the one from Nourishing Traditions. I like mine a little spicier, less sweet, and with an extra touch of citrus.
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Nourishing Traditions Pumpkin Pie

The pie I make is a slightly modified version of the one from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions cookbook. I like mine a little spicier, less sweet, and with an extra touch of citrus.

  • Author: ariana
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking


  • 1 pie crust recipe (I love the Grain-free Hazelnut Pie Crust)
  • 2 cups pumpkin (or other winter squash) pureé *, or 1 15 oz can pumpkin pureé
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup* organic cane sugar, maple sugar, or other non-liquid sweetener
  • 1 generous tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • zest of 1 , lemon (washed, preferably organic)
  • 1 cup creme fraiche (You can also use heavy cream, but I love the way creme fraiche works here. For a dairy-free version, substitute full-fat coconut milk.)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or cointreau, optional


Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and whisk until well blended. Pour into a pie crust and bake at 350ºF for 45-55 minutes. You will know it’s done when the middle doesn’t jiggle more then jello.



*I make my winter squash pureé by cutting a squash in half, and baking it in the oven at 350º F until tender, about half an hour.

Taste your squash pureé, and if it’s nice and sweet, you will be fine with 1/4-1/3 cup of sugar. If it’s canned or just not a sweet squash, then you may want a bit more sweetener.

If you can, definitely start with a winter squash to make your own pureé and, I highly recommend making this nourishing pumpkin pie using my hazelnut pie crust recipe! It’s nutty, delicious, and grain-free!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all, even if it’s a little complex sometimes as an expat. It’s super nostalgic for me, and I have celebrated it in the Philippines, in the USA, in Germany, England, and Spain. It doesn’t matter where I am– I love the reflection on all of the goodness and provision in my life, and the opportunity to share good food with people I love.

I am wishing you all sweet times of celebration with your families, wherever you may be.

For some more Thanksgiving dinner ideas, check out these recipes:

Nourishing Traditions Pumpkin Pie





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