Pumpkin Pie, along with Apple Crisp, are our family’s traditional desserts for Thanksgiving each year. Sometimes I offer to mix things up, but as many of you can probably relate, Thanksgiving is not the time to mess around with tradition in some households. This year, however, I was forced to make a few changes to our menu lineup due to my little guy’s gluten and dairy allergies. This year is the first time we will be eating a completely gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving meal. A year ago, I would have been dumbfounded by how to convert a regular recipe to be gluten-free and dairy-free, but over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about gluten-free flours and dairy substitutes from the blogging community, and by experimenting on my own.
I’ve never been a pie maker. Some people make the most beautiful pie crusts with fluted edges and cutouts for the top crust. My pie crust never comes out very pretty. I start out with good intentions, but I just don’t have the patience to make the perfect looking pie. That’s why I usually cop out and make Apple Crisp or some other crisp or crumble. Thanksgiving is the only time I am required to make pie for my family, thankfully. Instead of a dough crust, I opted for a super easy graham cracker crust. It felt a bit like cheating, but my kids like graham crackers, and I think it goes well with pumpkin pie filling.
Fortunately, gluten-free graham crackers and graham cracker crumbs can be found at natural foods stores, so making a gluten-free graham cracker crust is a no-brainer. For the filling, I chose a dairy-free recipe, using light coconut milk. Although I cheated on the crust, I did make my own roasted pumpkin for the filling. Using roasted pumpkin makes this a richer tasting pie. After all, the filling is what my kids love best.
I have put together a complete list of healthy Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes in case you’re still looking for ideas to round out your Thanksgiving menu.
More Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas:
Jeanette’s Healthy Living Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Cook It Allergy Free Thanksgiving Favorites
Gluten-Free Goddess’s Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips 2011
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef’s Thanksgiving 2011