Today is the kick-off event of the Holiday Food Fest and I’m sharing gluten-free Crustless Coconut Pie! Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free is the wonderful host of this event that occurs on Thursdays (excluding Thanksgiving) through December 17. Each week has a different host and different focus. You’ll want to read more here to see if you’d like to join in the next several weeks—please do! This week’s focus is Fall Desserts and Liz at Hoosier Homemade is our lovely hostess.
The category of Fall Desserts certainly makes me think of pumpkin treats—like my Crustless Pumpkin Pie or Easy Pumpkin Squares. I also think of apples and, therefore, my Crustless Apple Pie. But, there are other desserts that while can be made year round, we tend to save for special occasions like holidays. My Crustless Coconut Pie is one of those. The last time I made it was for Mother’s Day for my mother-in-law. (I baked the apple pie for my mom.) That was six months ago and because it was a gift, I didn’t eat any. So, I’m looking forward to making it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and maybe even New Year’s Day!
We are a family that truly loves pies. When I hosted Thanksgiving dinner two years ago, I believe we had six pies to share. And, unbelievably, there were other desserts as well. Of course, there were four bakers among us, but some serious dessert love there.
With Mr. GFE’s family, the holiday tradition is for each family member to place his/her Christmas list on his mother’s refrigerator at Thanksgiving. That gives everyone ample time for shopping, and more importantly, offers some specifics on what the recipient would like as a gift. Some items shared are too “pie in the sky,” like a new video gaming system or an expensive tool. So, instead, we might select another item like a book, clothes, or a bird feeder. However, last year, one of the items asked for was actually a pie—yes, a real pie. And, not just any pie, mind you, but MY pie!
How tickled I was when I saw “Shirley’s Coconut Pie” on my nephew’s wish list! Of course, I obliged, and happily so. I wish all Christmas wishes were so easy to fulfill, don’t you? When I stopped by to visit his family several days after Christmas, my nephew still had half his pie left. Oh, how, he was making that pie last.
As I stated with my other crustless pies, nobody is going to miss the crust. I mean look at this pie again … does it look like it’s lacking anything? I didn’t think so. Here’s the recipe.
Crustless Coconut Pie
This one is EVERY bit as good as it looks! I've never had a better coconut pie---of any kind!
- 3 large (or extra large) eggs
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour mix (I use my own 2-ingredient flour mix; see notes for other substitutions)
- 1 cup milk (dairy-free milk works fine; I like full-fat coconut milk)
- ½ cup butter, melted (or 1/3 cup coconut oil, liquefied)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ cup coconut flakes/shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Beat eggs and sugar. Add flour, milk, butter, vanilla, and vinegar; mix well. Stir in coconut and pour into greased pie pan. Bake until the top is golden and the filling is set in the center, about 45 minutes. Serve at room temperature. Store any leftovers in your refrigerator.
This is the pie recipe exactly as I make it. (I simply adapted a recipe I had used for years to be crustless and gluten free by replacing the flour in the recipe with gluten-free flour mix and adding an additional 1/4 cup gluten-free flour.) I use my gluten-free all-purpose flour mix, but you can use whichever flour you prefer for baked goods, even sifted coconut flour. Many of my friends and support group members have adapted this recipe to fit their own dietary needs. I have made it several different ways as well. Some friends cut back on the butter. Another makes this pie dairy free by replacing the milk with rice milk and using Earth Balance instead of butter (again, in a lesser amount). She also cuts the sugar in half, increases the gf flour to 1/3 cup, and omits the vinegar. So please don’t be shy about adjusting this recipe slightly. On occasion I like to make this pie dairy free by using coconut oil (a lesser amount, as noted) versus butter and canned full-fat coconut milk instead of the cow’s milk. Adapted from meals.com
Whatever pie you are making for the holidays, consider making it gfe. I’m not saying you have to make one of my recipes. I’m just suggesting that you make your life a little easier and choose one you can make gluten free easily—i.e., gfe. We don’t need to add to holiday stress with a complicated dessert or one for which we have to acquire special gluten-free ingredients. Oh, and, don’t forget to head over to Liz’s Hoosier Homemade to see what everyone else has concocted in the way of lovely fall desserts! Update: You’ll also want to check out Tidy Mom’s Love the Pie! Party. 🙂