Mother Earth Living

Food Matters

All about fresh, flavorful food

Add to My MSN

Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

9/23/2013 11:20:00 AM

Tags: pumpkin pie, low-carb recipe, low-carb diet, holiday recipe, Char Scace

As the fall harvest and holiday season approaches, I wondered how I would ever survive on my low-carb diet without being tempted to eat every pumpkin pie in sight.  Sure, I did internet searches for a “low-carb” recipe, even found and tried a few. All I can say is “yuck.” So what to do?

Get out your smart phone, evidently. I started looking at my low-carb app and actually started analyzing the individual ingredients that a pumpkin pie requires. I found that real canned pumpkin, not the kind bought at the store, but the kind that your mother-in-law so kindly canned for you last fall, actually has only 3 net carbs for a half cup. Not a bad start.

Now what to blend with it? As sugar is out of the question, I chose to add 2 individual packets of Splenda. Now I had some sweetened pumpkin—still not exactly what I was looking for. I then added 2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. The final thing I did was add 2 drops of vanilla and blend it. Oh my word—yuck to yum in 2.5 seconds.

low-carb pumpkin pie
This low-carb pumpkin recipe requires only six ingredients. Photo By Char Scace.

This was my tester batch; it came in at roughly 7.5 net carbs. Most prepared pumpkin pies will have about 40 to 45 net carbs per serving. I decided to try a larger batch, so I took one 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese and blended it with 2 cups of pumpkin, 12 packets of Splenda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. I then doled it out into separate ½ cup portions and refrigerated until dessert time. My family loved it. Their only comment was that they missed the homemade crust. I simply told them sometimes you must sacrifice. (Yes, I received some eye rolling.)


Char Scace is a married, busy mother of four with 20 years of professional chef experience.



Related Content

Kale Chips with Sesame and Lemon Zest

Dress up plain kale chips with sesame seeds and lemon zest.

In the News: Low Sodium Recommendations and Recipes

The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt c...

Blueberry Ketchup: There's a New Condiment in Town

Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.

Food for Thought: Why Low-Fat Diets Can Make You Sick

Guest blogger Stephanie Small reviews the importance of fat and its crucial role in the body. Stepha...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.