This year I am thankful for the opportunity to share recipes and beautiful food pictures with you and that includes this Paleo Pumpkin Mousse & Almond Crust! I love this recipe because it’s the perfect solution for enjoying a pumpkin dessert without loading your system with refined sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates. The pumpkin mousse and crust contain only 2 total tbsp. of added sugar, natural sweeteners like bananas and dates, and organic grass-fed ghee from Pure Indian Foods. This holiday pumpkin treat is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo friendly, and low in added sugar. Dive in and enjoy this delectable paleo pumpkin dessert!
The holiday season is filled with sweet temptations—everything from freshly baked pumpkin pie to creamy mashed potatoes to lots of wine and beer. Our already unhealthy food environment is filled to the brim with temptations at every party and gathering. Because of this, November and December are the most common time of year for people to slip into old habits of eating. The holidays can be tough to maneuver around due to family traditions, family/friend peer pressures and exposure to all of the best tasting comfort foods. But it’s 100% possible and can be very enjoyable!
It may surprise you but there you can still enjoy the holidays without sinking into the apple pie with 2 cups of sugar and ice cream. The key is planning ahead, bringing healthy dishes, establishing realistic expectations for yourself and being present with your family and friends. The first two are fairly obvious but establishing realistic expectations is sometimes not emphasized enough. You are more likely to be unsuccessful around the holidays if you try to keep things very black and white. There are very few people that will successfully adhere to an extremely clean diet, avoiding all alcohol, gluten, dairy, and added sugars. For most people that’s an unrealistic expectation and literally no fun at all!
So this year, try to jump into the grey area to help you to stay on track and enjoy this amazing holiday. This paleo pumpkin mousse with almond crust is the perfect grey zone option. The treat includes a small amount of added sugar (1 tbsp brown sugar in the crust and 1 tbsp maple syrup in the filling) and includes very clean ingredients. Dig into this pumpkin mousse and enjoy the subtle sweetness that makes you feel like you’re eating a holiday treat. In addition to the maple syrup and brown sugar, the ‘sweetness’ also comes from the banana and dates for a more natural source of sweetness. For people that typically eat a higher sugar diet, your taste buds are probably a little less sensitive to sweetness so I would recommend adding a little extra maple syrup!
Enjoy the holiday season, relax, celebrate your friends and family and try to eat as clean as possible. Let go of the need to eat perfect because there’s no such thing as perfectionism—especially around the holidays.
- 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 4 Tbsp grass-fed organic ghee
- 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 can pumpkin
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1 overripe banana
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/3 cup cashew butter, unsweetened
- 4 medjool dates
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Add the almonds, walnuts, brown sugar and salt to a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.
- Stir in the melted ghee.
- Use your hands to press the nut mixture into a 9” pie plate (shallow pans work better), forming the crust of the pie. Be sure to evenly distribute the nut mixture across the pie plate.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Allow the crust to cool.
- In the food processor add canned pumpkin, full-fat coconut milk, banana, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, cashew butter and dates. Pulse ingredients until smooth.
- Pour the pumpkin mousse into the center of the crust until it is filled.
- Place the pie in the refrigerator for at least three hours to allow it to harden.