I can’t decide. I just don’t know. Do I like regular pumpkin pie or brownie pumpkin pie more?? How the hell do I make that decision? If I’m going to be honest with myself, I think I like regular pumpkin pie the most. Yes, brownie pumpkin pie is delicious, but there is just something special about pumpkin pie on it’s own. But I had to try an alteration. And I don’t want to not sell this brownie pie, because I love it so much, but I have to tell you the truth. I just have to. I love my Eggnog Pumpkin Pie the very mostest. That’s a word, right? Right-e-o.
So get this, I have to compete in a CrossFit competition this weekend. I really do not like competing anymore. I did it for years and now I don’t want to do it anymore. I don’t like pushing myself that hard, I don’t like dealing with aches and pains and sometimes injuries, and honestly, I just don’t care. I now do CrossFit to feel good in a swimsuit. Or naked. For real. But my CrossFit Broadway team talked me into competing. And I’m totally the weak link. It’s so not fun. Nobody wants to feel like the weak link. But while traveling and constantly being in the kitchen, I haven’t had much time to work my butt off in the gym. Meaning, I’m going to suck real bad this weekend. I’m trying to stay positive about it…can’t you tell…but it just ain’t happening. Balls.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’ve had to make the decision of what to make for a couple Friendsgivings this year. I dig the Friendsgiving kind of thing. Honestly, I’m not a huge holiday person. I thought about buying a bunch of decorations the other day to try to get in the spirit, but then I think about it and ummmmmm, I’m going to be using this stuff once a year. Then just put it back in storage, which I don’t have. And I suddenly fall out of the spirit. I’m all for wasting money on clothes and shoes and food and more food, but sparkly reindeer and trees…I don’t think so. To me, the holidays stress me out. I feel that way every year. Please don’t call me the Grinch, because 1. you’re not original and 2. you’re not original. I keep trying to become more of a holiday lover, but it’s tough. Thankfully I have two Friendsgivings this year, one which is dress up, to try to get myself in the spirit. And a holiday that’s built around food that I can wear a turkey hat for, is my kind of holiday.
What are you planning to make for the big day? So far, I think I’m going to make my Brussels Sprouts Gratin AND Sweet Potato Gratin. I haven’t made the sweet potato gratin in years and please, don’t judge the picture because it’s WAY better than it looks on there. But it’s definitely one of my favorites. Link any of the recipes you are going to try out this holiday in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you are making and spread a little link love around AND that will give me even more recipe ideas to try. Selfish really.
For the eggnog pumpkin pie filling
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk eggnog* (or paleo egg nog by health-bent)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- pinch of salt
For the brownies
- 15 dried medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter or ghee
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 eggs, whisked
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
Coconut milk ice cream, to garnish (I used a maple pecan coconut milk ice cream)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a pie plate with butter, ghee or coconut oil.
- Place all ingredients for pumpkin pie filling in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a separate bowl and set aside. Use a paper towel to wipe out inside of food processor (doesn't have to be super clean).
- Now add dates to the food processor and begin to pulse until a clumpy paste forms.
- Add coconut oil and cocoa powder to the food processor and puree until well mixed and it has become smoother.
- Then add eggs, coconut flour, honey, vanilla, baking soda and powder, and salt and puree until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Scoop out brownie mixture and place half of the mixture on the bottom of the greased pie pan and spread/smooth out to the sides.
- Pour pumpkin pie mixture on top.
- Lastly, add the rest of the brownie mixture using a spoon. Plop spoonfuls around the pumpkin pie then use a knife to swirl around the mixture. It is sticky so it won't swirl much.
- Place pie dish on a baking sheet and into the oven to bake for 1 hour.
- Let rest for 30 minutes then place in refrigerator to cool for 2+ hours be serving.
- Serve with ice cream of choice. I used a maple pecan coconut milk ice cream and it was perfect!
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