Maple Pumpkin Pie
Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie
This Thanksgiving pie is so simple, you may find yourself baking one well after the holiday season. For a pudding-like option, skip the crust and bake the filling in a lightly greased dish or individual ramekins.


  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (or the equivalent amount of homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (I use regular, not light in this recipe; may substitute cream)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (grade B or dark amber offers great flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (may substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves)
  • 1 prepared crust
  • Optional: whipped cream for serving


  1. In blender or food processor (a stand mixer or hand-held beater works well, too), combine all of the ingredients (except the crust, of course!).  Stir just enough to incorporate the spices, and then blend or process until the ingredients are thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as needed.  Stir by hand a few times to remove any air bubbles.
  2. Pour the filling into the crust that has been pre-baked according to the recipe directions. (I often use the above-linked *almond crust recipe,* pre-baking it for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. To keep the edges of a crust with nut flour from becoming too dark, I recommend a foil “crust protector.” See notes.)
  3. Bake the pie at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until the center is set but still the slightest bit jiggly. (Precise time will depend on the oven and the type of puree used. Some purees are thicker than others, and less moisture will tend to result in a shorter cooking time.) Let cool completely, and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to fully set.  Serve cold or at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.
  4. I think this pie tastes even better the second day.  Wrapped well and refrigerated, the pie will keep for one week.


  • To fashion your own crust protector, simply fold a 12-inch square of foil into quarters.  Cut a 7-inch hole out of the center.  Unfold and loosely mold the foil over the edges of the pie. If the foil is too close to the filling, trim so that it will not touch.  Many crust recipes will be fine without a cover.  Crusts that include nut flours tend to brown more quickly than standard all-purpose flour crusts.
  • All of the pie filling should fit into a standard 9-inch pie plate.  If you cannot fit the entire filling into your plate, simply transfer the remaining amount to a small, lightly greased ramekin and bake until just set in the middle.  This could take 20-30 minutes depending on the depth of the ramekin.

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