This creamy butternut custard is a new twist on winter squash you didn’t know you needed on your Thanksgiving table…until now that is! Made with a ground pecan crust, this gluten-free and grain-free dessert bakes up soft and tender while holding its shape when sliced. For best results, chill the pie until cold before cutting. Find the recipe here www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/butternut-custard-pecan-pie.
2 cups pecan halves, divided
1 tablespoon coconut oil, plus more for the plate
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups cooked, mashed butternut squash
3 large eggs
1 cup unsweetened plain almondmilk or cashewmilk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a deep 9-inch pie plate with coconut oil; set aside.
In a food processor, coarsely grind 1 1/2 cups of the pecans until pea-sized. Add oil and 1 tablespoons of the maple syrup. Pulse just until well combined then transfer pecan mixture to the prepared plate and press into the bottom of the plate only; set aside.
In the food processor, purée squash with eggs, almondmilk, remaining 1/2 cup maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour filling over the pecan crust in the pie pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, finely chop remaining pecans. Sprinkle pecans along the outer edges of the pie and return to the oven for another 30 minutes, or until filling is set and firm. Cool pie on a rack then transfer to the refrigerator to chill before serving.
Per Serving: 330 calories (210 from fat), 24g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 27g carbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 16g sugar), 7g protein.
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