Pumpkin Butter Pie and 15 More Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe “Solutions”

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Crustless Pumpkin Butter Pie from gluten free easily

Now don’t tell me that Thanksgiving is long past and our pumpkin pie making days are behind us this year. Please give the pumpkin pie its due. It’s not a once a year thing, folks. Now while fresh pumpkin love does have seasonal limitations (although thank goodness that you can freeze your fresh pumpkin puree for later), canned pumpkin is available all year long. (Well, unless there’s a shortage as there was in many places last year, including here.)

home for the holidays, gluten free, holidays, gfeRecently I had the idea that if I used Pumpkin Butter instead of the thinner pumpkin puree in my Crustless Pumpkin Pie that I would be able to omit the small amount of flour in the recipe—the key to making the pie crustless. It didn’t quite work though. The pie only set up enough to be pie consistency after refrigerating it overnight (that was not a desired option for me!), but it tasted fantastic even before it chilled enough to be “pie.”  Without the flour to help absorb the sugar all the way, there was “left over” sugar, which caramelized along the edge of the pie plate. You can imagine how sad that occurence made me! (Wink.) Then I tried the recipe again with flax eggs and pumpkin butter and less coconut milk than usual. The results were a velvety pudding that was wonderful right out of the oven or at room temperature, but again, and sadly, it was not a pie. For the third attempt, I used flax eggs and tapioca flour and again used a little less coconut milk. The resulting pie was “a gummy pumpkin candy pie.” That’s what one support group member dubbed it anyway. I was not happy. Finally, I gave up on my pie being egg free and grain free and just made it like my Best Ever Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie, simply substituting pumpkin butter for pumpkin puree. The results were absolutely superb!!

The pumpkin butter adds a depth of flavor that you don’t get with traditional pumpkin pie, and the color of this pie is dark and rich. Granted using pumpkin butter also means a higher sugar content, so you might decide that you’d like to reduce the sugar when making the pumpkin butter (or use a lower sugar ready-made pumpkin butter) or use less sugar in the recipe itself.

But wait, don’t be dismayed if you’re egg free or vegan, you can still use flax eggs (or any egg substitute that you usually use in such pies). I know flax eggs will work as they’ve worked in this recipe with the flour many times. And if you’re looking for grain free, well, Sunny of And Love It, Too! came to my rescue when she told me that she made my usual pie recipe with coconut flour instead of grain flour—woohoo!!!! I knew if Sunny shared her success that it wasn’t a fluke. But then Alyssa (Queen of Quinoa) also made the recipe with coconut flour for her family’s Thanksgiving and declared it a hit as well! While I haven’t tried coconut flour yet with the Pumpkin Butter version, I am certain that it will work. See all the options in the recipe further below. But to give you even more choices so that pumpkin pie doesn’t get forgotten with all the other holiday recipes, here are a bunch more fantastic pumpkin pie recipes from some of my favorite bloggers!

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Slice of Crustless Pumpkin Butter Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Butter Pie
  • 2 eggs (see notes for egg-free, vegan version)
  • 2 cups pumpkin butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional, see notes)
  • ½ tsp ground ginger (optional, see notes)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves (optonal, see notes)
  • 1 cup full-fat, canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour (your favorite single flour—even coconut flour for a healthy, grain-free option—or a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix; sift if needed)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease pie plate and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat eggs slightly; mix in remaining ingredients.
  3. Place pie plate on oven rack; pour in filling. (I almost never do this latter step, but it makes sense. Personally, I’m in the “hum” or “count as you carry the pie to the oven” school of thinking to ensure the pie plate contents do not spill. Hey, it works for me!)
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake until knife or toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes longer.
Flax “eggs” (or other egg substitutes that you have used successfully in custard pies) can be substituted for the chicken eggs for an egg-free, vegan version of this pie. The pumpkin butter already contains spices, so it’s up to you if you want to add additional spices to your pie filling. I tried it both ways and liked both, but adding the spices in the filling definitely makes for a pretty spicy pie.

Kelly’s (The Spunky Coconut) Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, No Bake Pumpkin Pie

gluten free, dairy free, egg free, no bake, pumpkin pie, recipe, Kelly Brozyna, The Spunky Coconut

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, No-Bake Pumpkin Pie from The Spunky Coconut

and her Vegan Pumpkin Pie.

gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, pumpkin pie, Kelly Brozyna, The Spunky Coconut

Vegan Pumpkin Pie from The Spunky Coconut

Lexie’s (Lexie’s Kitchen) Maple Pumpkin Pie

gluten free, dairy free, vegan, pumpkin, pie, Alexa Croft, Lexie's Kitchen

Maple Pumpkin Pie from Lexie’s Kitchen


Linda’s Classic Pumpkin Pie Totally from Scratch

gluten free, pumpkin pie, recipe, Linda Etherton, The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Pumpkin Pie Totally from Scratch from The Gluten-Free Homemaker

and her newer Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie.

gluten free, dairy free, pumpkin, pie, Linda Etherton, The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie from The Gluten-Free Homemaker


Karina’s original Vegan Pumpkin Pie

gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, pumkin pie, Karina Allrich, Gluten-Free Goddess

Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Guten-Free Goddess

and her Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust


gluten free, dairy free, pumpkin pie, praline, coconut pecan, Karina Allrich, Gluten-Free Goddess

Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust from Gluten-Free Goddess

My other Gluten Free Easily Pumpkin Pies …

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie from gluten free easily

Best Ever Pumpkin Pie and It’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Crustless

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Crustless Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie from gluten free easily

Pumpkin (or Squash) Pecan Pie (made with my Never Fail, No-Roll, Press-In Pie Crust and served with Honey Whipped Cream)


gluten free, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, press-in crust, Shirley Braden, gluten free easily

Pumpkin Pecan Pie from gluten free easily

Karen’s (Cook4Seasons) Crustless Pumpkin Pie (ensure ingredients used—like oat flour—are gluten free)

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie from Cook4Seasons

Sarah’s (Sarah Bakes Gluten Free) Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Pie

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

A very respectable, well-liked cousin to the crustless pumpkin pie is pumpkin pudding.

Diane (The Whole Gang) bakes her Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pudding in the oven.

gluten free, dairy free, pumpkin, pudding, Diane Eblin, The Whole Gang

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pudding from The Whole Gang


Stephanie (A Year of Slow Cooking), per usual, made her Crustless Pumpkin Pudding in her slow cooker.


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Crustless Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pudding from A Year of Slow Cooking

While not pie, both recipes look very good, don’t you think?

Now what happens if you make your beautiful pumpkin pie and you really want a piece of that pie, but you can’t indulge because after all you want to serve your gorgeous pie whole. Logic tells you “No! Don’t do it!” But you still want that piece of pumpkin pie, right? Well, Christa (Life in the Makings) has your solution, Microwave Pumpkin Pudding. Single serve (or maybe two servings if you don’t get greedy). Pumpkin pie craving problem deliciously solved!

gluten free, pumpkin, pudding, microwave, Christa, Life in the Making(s)

Microwave Pumpkin Pudding from Life in the Making(s)

Don’t let pumpkin pie be just a once a year thing. Embrace the Pumpkin Pie year ’round in whatever form works best for you!

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20 Responses to “Pumpkin Butter Pie and 15 More Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe “Solutions””

  1. Melissa @ glutenfreeforgood on December 12th, 2012 1:20 pm

    Oh my gosh! Heaven on a pie plate. I love, love, love pumpkin pie, but rarely make it. We always do cheesecake or apple pie for the holidays, but you’ve tempted me to change the tradition. OR, maybe better, to add a pumpkin pie to the mix. This pie parade looks amazing, and as always, I love your personal theme of crustless everything. =)

    This is awesome, Shirley. And perfect timing! Thank you for putting together this collection of treats.


    • Shirley on December 14th, 2012 12:26 am

      Hey Melissa!–Yes, I vote for adding pumpkin pie to the mix! Don’t give up that amazing cheesecake for sure. ;-) Aren’t all these recipes incredible looking? Yep, I’m all about Crustless Pie World Domination! :-)


  2. Diane Eblin- thewholegang on December 12th, 2012 1:34 pm

    That’a a lot of pumpkin! Thank you for including my recipe. I could really go for some pumpkin pie for breakfast!

    • Shirley on December 14th, 2012 12:27 am

      Diane–A lot of pumpkin = good! Oh, pumpkin pie for breakfast is a very fine thing for sure. ;-) Happy to include your delightful looking pudding!


  3. Iris on December 12th, 2012 4:09 pm

    Oh pumpkin pie…be still my beating heart! Thankfully this is one treat I can still make for myself, using full-fat coconut milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and stevia.

    • Shirley on December 14th, 2012 12:28 am

      Iris–That’s the way I feel about pumpkin pie, too! Full-fat coconut milk combined with the other ingredients is a very beautiful thing. :-)


  4. Karen@Cook4Seasons on December 12th, 2012 4:13 pm

    I so adore pumpkin that I might just have to make every one of these recipes! Thank you for including mine…easy peasy. Can’t wait to try yours with pumpkin butter…how clever! Merry Christmas, Shirley!

    • Shirley on December 14th, 2012 12:31 am

      Oh, Karen, wouldn’t that be fun? I think you’d have to invite a lot of friends over though … well, only if you were making them all at once. ;-) Happy to include yours, dear. I love seeing all the variations. :-) DO make the pumpkin butter pie!

      Thanks and Merry Christmas, dear!!

  5. Linda on December 12th, 2012 9:25 pm

    These pies all look amazing! (Makes me realize I need to add some new photos to those posts). What a great roundup. Thanks for sharing both of mine.

    • Shirley on December 14th, 2012 12:33 am

      Linda–There are so many incredible gluten-free pumpkin pie recipes that I could have shared even more! It was great to include yours I love how your crusts look rustic and delicious. ;-)


  6. Ricki on December 14th, 2012 12:08 am

    So much pumpkin, so little time!! All look fabulous. I must make more pumpkin pies this season! Thanks for linking up to Wellness Weekend, Shirley. :)

    • Shirley on December 14th, 2012 1:00 am

      Ricki–LOL … isn’t that true of all the great ingredients and recipes using them? ;-) I hope you will give the pumpkin pie some more “love” this season for sure! And I love it when I get to link up to Wellness Weekend! :-)


  7. Ina Gawne on December 14th, 2012 10:32 am

    Shirley – I love all of these recipes! Pumpkin is always my all time favorite!!

  8. Angela on December 14th, 2012 3:05 pm

    Thanks Shirley, I will definitely start by making the pumpkin butter like you suggested, and then take it from there….
    I feel severe baking withdrawal symptoms, so I better head to the kitchen very soon! :)

  9. InTolerant Chef on December 14th, 2012 7:11 pm

    I think a pumpkin cheese cake would be lovely, I’ll have to get cooking!

  10. Alisa on December 14th, 2012 7:18 pm

    mmm, pumpkin pie heaven! Brilliant to use pumpkin butter Shirley!

  11. Aubree Cherie Davis on December 15th, 2012 10:51 am

    Oh my, the pumpkin butter pie looks so elegant and rich!

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