Paleo Pumpkin Pie

I was at Trader Joe’s doing a paleo stock up shopping trip when I saw cans of coconut cream. I was intrigued and tried to figure out what I could do with it. I got it home and opened it and found a super thick and rich coconut product. Yum! It reminded me of evaporated milk, so I figured it would make a great pumpkin pie. Boy am I glad that I was right! I was a bit nervous as this was my first attempt at a paleo pie, but it turned put awesome!

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Pumpkin Chicken and Chick Pea Curry

Tis the season for pumpkin everything! Almost every pumpkin product out there is full of sugar and fat. High calorie coffee drinks, muffins (you may as well call cupcakes), and even Hershey Kisses! Sure, all of these things are delicious, but full of processed ingredients. Most don’t even have actual pumpkin in them, just artificial flavoring! Luckily, when you make it yourself, you control what goes into your body. This meal is filling, full of protein, and most importantly, delicious!

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Paleo Pumpkin Craisin Cookies

It’s amazing how much the weather dictates my cooking! Today it is rainy and chilly out, so Lyra and I don’t plan on leaving the house (or jammies for that matter) all day!

My hubby roasted some pumpkins this weekend while they are in season. It freezes great, so we keep it in portioned baggies in the freezer for whenever we need a pumpkin fix! It’s great in muffins, smoothies, and these cookies! Don’t have the time to prepare your own pumpkin? No problem! Canned pumpkin works just fine, but make sure you don’t use the seasoned variety.

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Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake

What is the point of a Thanksgiving feast without complete decadence? This cheesecake is the ultimate dessert! Yes, I don’t bake. Yes, I am a lucky duck to have married a man who does. I introduce to you, Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake! Please enjoy this and all of our other creations that are a part of Teacher. Foodie. Athlete. Does Thanksgiving!



For the crust –
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 Tablespoons butter, melted

For the filling –
1 1/2 cups solid pack pumpkin
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon if desired

For the topping –
2 cups sour cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon if desired (or 1t vanilla)
16 pecan halves for garnish

1. Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 deg. In a bowl combine the cracker crumbs, pecans, and sugars, stir in the butter, and press the mixture into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the side of a buttered 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool the crust to room temp.
2. Make the filling: In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and the granulated sugar. Beat in the cream, cornstarch, vanilla, and bourbon. In a separate bowl whisk together the pumpkin, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and brown sugar. Add pumpkin mixture to cream cheese mixture, and beat the until it is smooth.
3. Pour the filling into the crust, bake the cheesecake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the center is just set. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes.
4. Make the topping: In a bowl whisk together the sour cream, the sugar, and the bourbon.
5. Spread the sour cream mixture over the top of the cheesecake. Return to the oven and bake the cheesecake for 5 minutes more. Let the cheesecake cool in the pan on a rack. When at room temperature, cover and refrigerate overnight.
6. When ready to serve, remove the side of the pan and garnish the top of the cheesecake with the pecans.