Pumpkin Pie Two Ways

I love pumpkin pie because my mum used to bake it in the early 90s for Halloween even if no one was celebrating it in Milan those times. It was an original American recipe which she brought back from Philadelphia where she lived in the 70s together with my dad and older brother. Of course she shared the recipe with me as I moved to Vienna but I had gut issues and was not tolerating grains, eggs and dairy products well. Therefore Stefan and I developed our own version: it is not cut-friendly if you are very low on calories (check the macros) but it is gluten-free and suitable for the vegan folk too. But if you would like to try the real stuff, I’ve included my mum’s recipe too.

Pumpkin Pie – The Beary Way

Ingredients and Macros

Check the recipe for substitutions and suggestions!



Grind the soaked and chopped dried figs (without water) and the walnuts (or use already ground walnuts) in a food processor. I prefer to grind the soggy figs first and then “wash” the mixer with the walnuts, but you could try to do it at the same time if you have a big powerful mixer. Of course you can also use other combinations of dried fruits (dates are working good) and nuts (I tried everything from sunflower seed, to hazelnuts, almonds, nut mixes…). Mix the ground ingredients in a bowl together with a pinch of salt, the cacao, orange liquer (use orange juice for an alcohol-free version) and adjust the texture with the soaking water from the figs or liquid of your choice. It should be sticky like a dough but not soggy. Press the “dough” in a 20cm diameter cake form for a thicker, higher crust or 24cm if you like it thinner. In the last case, I can not guarantee that the filling is enough as I just tried the 20cm version. Freeze the crust while you are preparing the filling.


Melt the cocoa butter (coconut oil works also quite well, but has a stronger taste) and then stirr in the muscovado sugar. Add pumpkin pure, a pinch of salt and all the spices and stirr well. Let the filling cool down and then pour it over the crust. Let it cool in the fridge as long as possible, as it tastes best after two-three days. If you can not wait, after four to six hours the cacao butter or coconut oil should be hardened.


Pumpkin Pie – Chantal’s Mum Way

Ingredients and Macros

Check the recipe for substitutions and suggestions!



Mix all the ingredient to a dough, roll it out and lay it in a 24 centimeter pie form. Stick holes on the bottom and let it cool in the fridge until the filling is ready. You can also make the dough in advance and freeze it. Just thaw it one day in advance in the fridge.


Mix all the ingredient together. If you want a richer texture use cream or a mixture of cream and milk instead of milk only. You can also add some orange or lemon zest to the filling if you like.

Pour the mixture to the chilled dough and cook in the preheated oven at 200°C for 50-60 minutes. The crust should be nice and golden. Let it cool down before taking the pie out of the form. Also this one tastes best after two or three day. Therefore be patient and use your time to save calories for an extra slice 😉

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