Recipe: Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie SCD/GAPS

pumpkin pie, pecans, Thanksgiving pie, whipped coconut cream

It’s that time of the year when pumpkins are everywhere and pumpkin dishes abound. What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? This is a simple, whole, nutritious, you-could-eat-it-for-breakfast pie.  This pecan crusted pumpkin pie has a wonderfully crispy crust with the buttery flavor of the pecans that is reminiscent of graham cracker crust. Filled with fresh cooked pumpkin it is totally satisfying and a great way to top off a seasonal meal!

Check out my video for making this crust in my apple crisp recipe! It is exactly the same crust and the video shows you how to make it.

Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie






  1. Drip the cooked pumpkin in a strainer with a bowl underneath for an hour to get out excess liquid
  2. In a food processor puree the pumpkin, all the spices and the eggs
  3. Add the coconut milk or cream and mix


  1. Measure out the nuts and in a food processor grind them to a nut butter
  2. Add the oil, honey, vanilla and process
  3. Add the coconut flour and process until it combines and it becomes a ball
  4. If it is too soft add a little more coconut flour 1 teaspoon at a time until it becomes solid enough to press into a pie pan (it doesn’t have to become a ball)
  5. Press the crust batter into a large pie plate

Putting it all together

  1. Pour the filling into the pie crust
  2. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 45 – 50 minutes — you might want to cover the rimes of the crust with foil or a commercial pie crust protector as they tend to burn
  3. If the crust is getting too dark cover the pie with a piece of foil or other oven safe method and continue to bake until it is set
  4. Cool and then refrigerate
  5. This may be served warm or cold with toppings such as fresh whipped cream, coconut whipped cream, yogurt, etc.

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  • John Amrhein November 21, 2011, 11:42 am

    Very timely – I think I will make this for Thanksgiving. It looks delicious!

  • Magda November 21, 2011, 3:42 pm

    This looks yummy!! FYI: if you roast your pumpkin/squash you probably won’t have to drip it. I usually steam mine so it is a bit more watery.

    • Jill November 21, 2011, 4:25 pm

      Hi Magda,
      I do roast or bake it — the same for butternut squash. I find that even if it doesn’t seem watery, there is a lot of water that comes out when it is left to strain for a while. It is just my preference — it is not essential to drip it.

  • Anonymous November 22, 2011, 3:49 am

    Sounds so delicious!  Glad you are sharing some great GF options for Thanksgiving.

  • Judi @ Frugal Frolic November 23, 2011, 4:28 pm

    I’m visiting from Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. This recipe sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kendahl @ Our Nourishing Roots November 23, 2011, 9:18 pm

    I’m going to try making this with sour cream in the filling instead of coconut.  I’ll let you know if it works!

  • Jill November 23, 2011, 10:55 pm

    Hi Kendahl,
    Yes please let me know — sounds great!

  • Miz Helen November 26, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Jill, that crust looks like it would taste great with that great pumpkin filling. Hope you are having a great holiday week end.  Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  • Traci November 29, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Just made this for Thanksgiving (we’re on GAPS). I ran out of pecans so used 1/3 walnuts – yum! The rim of the crust definitely burnt (I cut it off) and I’ll be sure to cover it next time. The outside of the whole crust burnt but it still tasted fine. Also, I had plenty of extra crust dough. I roasted my own pumpkin and wish I’d put more honey in. I could see how this would be enough honey with butternut though. Topped it with cashew whipped cream and it was quite satisfying. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Peggy November 28, 2014, 3:36 pm

    I made this recipe and used a combination of pecans and cashews. I thought I could bake it uncovered for about half the time and then cover it to protect the crust from burning. But the nut crust burnt quickly, not just the upper rim, but the entire outer part of the crust. I think next time I will try cooking it at 325 for a longer time. My guests really enjoyed this recipe for Thanksgiving yesterday, although I would have liked it a little sweeter. We served it warm with coconut milk ice cream on top. Thank you!

  • Laurie Rathsam December 16, 2015, 11:56 am

    I made this pie yesterday (12/15/15) and I was disappointed in the results. The main thing that never happened was the filling mixture forming into a ball. After I added the 1/2 cup of coconut flour, I waited and waited for a ball to form. When it didn’t, I added a teaspoon at a time of coconut flour, again waiting for a ball to form. After 40!!!! teaspoons, a ball still had not formed. I decided to just pour the amount into a pie pan (and not waste the filling on the loose unbaked crust…it tasted very, very floury. Could you tell me where I went wrong?? I followed the recipe exactly as you printed it.

    Thank You.

    • Jill December 16, 2015, 12:18 pm

      Hi Laurie,
      I’m assuming you really mean that the crust mixture never formed a ball. When working with gluten/grain free flours sometimes they never exactly form a ball, but they are solid enough to use as a crust and press into a pie pan. It all depends on the amounts of liquid. Next time try to reduce the amount of coconut oil. I’m sure it did taste VERY floury. You need much less coconut flour than regular wheat flour. Hope this helps!