Eggnog Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread Crust

PUMPKIN PIEEEEEEEE!! It’s so weird when people don’t like pumpkin pie. I’m still friends with those kinds of people, but it’s hard. Pumpkin pie should be eaten all year round, but it really only feels normal during fall. When it’s freezing out. And it’s freezing here. So I’m hibernating and stuffing my face. And what’s better during the winter than pumpkin pie? OHHHH. Almond milk egg nog. Yep, that’s right. I found some at Whole Foods and loved it. Califia Farms has almond milk egg nog with ingredients that don’t bother me. So I added that to my pumpkin pie. Happy me.

OMG I saw Catching Fire this weekend. If you’ve never heard of The Hunger Games trilogy, you must not have a tv or know how to read books. Which is strange, since you’re reading this post. Either way, I saw the second movie from the Hunger Games trilogy and it was awesome. It was even better than the first one. And it was even more exciting because I hadn’t read the books in forever, so I really had no idea what was going on. Which kind of sucked since I had to pee the entire movie. Those blood curdling screams would get me every time. And I would jump…but thankfully I have a pretty strong bladder. I haven’t peed while doing double unders yet. That’s proof, right? So I didn’t pee during the screams. But I felt a lot of anxiety throughout the movie.

That just got weird.

Just FYI, I finished the entire first season of Homeland. Disappointed with the season finale, but I will go on. Meaning I’ve already watched the first two episodes of the second season. Do you think Carrie is actually crazy in real life? How is she so good with the crazy eyes? How does that just come normal. Creepy.

I wish I had more to tell you. But that is all. So I’m going to go eat more pie. While I watch Homeland.


Eggnog Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread Crust

  • Yield: 8 1x



For the crust

For the filling


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together butter and molasses. Mix in almond flour, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Press mixture down into a greased pie pan. Evenly distribute mixture throughout the pan pan and press up onto the sides as much as possible.
  4. In a food processor or blender, add pumpkin, eggnog, eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt and puree until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into crust lined pie pan.
  6. Place in oven for 55 minutes. Let rest until cool then place in the refrigerator to set for 2+ hours.
  7. Cut into 8 slices and serve with coconut milk whipped cream (optional)


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91 thoughts on “Eggnog Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread Crust”

  1. Confession: I stalled going to the grocery store because I was waiting for this recipe to be posted this a.m. after seeing your IG preview last night. And now I’m off! Thanks, Juli!!

  2. I totally agree Catching Fire was even better. Hated when it was over. Can’t wait to see her kick ass in the next one!

    It’s nice to watch the progression of your food pics over time. Really stunning.

    I’d like to make this today, think it will be fine a few days in advance?

  3. I love, love, LOVE the combination of pumpkin and gingerbread — one of my favorite non-Paleo recipes is pumpkin gingerbread and I’m pretty sure that bread is the reason my fiance fell in love with me. I’ll have to try this and see if he likes it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Dude.

    (Sorry I just called you “Dude”.)

    Two of my son’s favorite flavors together forever: pumpkin & eggnog. Why didn’t I think of that?! You are a genius. Genius! (That probably would have been a better prelude than “dude.”)

    Loved Catching Fire. I’m not a crazy-fan, but I did see it twice and I totally want to go back and see it again. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing.

    Again, sorry about the dude-thing.

  5. I don’t see any actual ginger in the crust, only pumpkin pie spice (which might or might not include powdered ginger). So to me it’s more of a molasses-almond crust. But it still looks delicious.

  6. This recipe looks awesome. My question is-Does this just taste like gingerbread b/c I don’t see ginger mentioned in the ingredient list? Is it just in the pumpkin pie spice? I can’t wait to make it! Thank you!

  7. My husband FINALLY agreed to go paleo with me and one of his complaints was that he wouldn’t be able to have pumpkin pie during the holidays. ha! In your face husband. Awesome recipe!

  8. Hello!
    I do not have easy access to a Whole Foods or other store that would have almond milk eggnog. I am sure it won’t be quite as yummy, but could I just use regular vanilla almond milk instead?
    Thank you!

  9. catching fire was amazing!! i saw it last night and i wish it was longer. it’s rare that “book movies” have a better sequel than the first movie but it was like 1000 times better. i hadn’t read the books in years so i forgot everything that was happening. joanna was my favorite- probably because we have the same name.

    your pie looks awesome, too!! i haven’t had egg nog in years but it’s so delicious. i think i need to get some. i’m making a crustless pumpkin pie which could be a disaster but i’m hoping for the best.

  10. Luckily, I bought enough pure pumpkin puree at the supermarket two days ago to allow me to make every single one of your awesome pumpkin themed deserts. MMMmmmMMM… I can’t wait!!!!!

  11. So Molasses isn’t Paleo… Can you use Maple Syrup instead?

    I was going to make a pecan-crusted one, but I think I like this better.

    Also, my Pick n Save has a Califia farms almond milk eggnog. Just in case anyone else was wondering where they can find it outside of Whole Foods. 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe, Julie!

  12. This looks amazing and can’t wait to make it for my peeps on Turkey day! You should check out Claire Daine’s old show “My So Called Life”…was on in the 90s only for one season but pretty great…so much teen angst! Think its on netflix.

  13. Emily, I loved “My So Called Life”! Every time I see Jared Leto or Claire Danes I think of that show.

    Juli, I’m one of those weirdos that hates pumpkin pie. It’s a texture thing. I do love that you combined pumpkin with eggnog – genius! I’m thinking cookies 🙂

  14. Braving the store to get the 2 things I need, just TWO!!! balls. I may eat this by myself on the couch, my husband will have to fend for himself.

  15. For real there is a 99 cent iphone app called run pee that tells you the best time in a particular movie to run pee and then tells you what you missed. Worth it!

  16. I made this last night as a test run and brought it to work today. It’s a huge hit. I think I may have had it too close to the burner though because the crust started to burn after like 35 minutes and it’s still more of a pudding consistency in the middle. I’ll be making it again tonight to take to the family, but I was wondering if cooking it at a lower temp for longer would help it firm up better?

    1. Did you have your rack in the middle of the oven? I should put that in my directions because mine was in the middle and didn’t come close to burning. But the whole crust was also covered by the pumpkin filling

  17. I just made this and the filling is great but the crust burnt…I think the cook time is too long and too hot. Just a warning for anyone else who tries this. With just a few adjustments this will be a fantastic recipe though. 🙂

    1. I just made thisl.. it was DELIshus.. but my crust DID burn also.. so I will probably do like 45 minutes maybe? I can tell this is a GREAT recipe.. but drats.. the crust burned…

  18. Making this tonight for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Mmmmm. I’ve been using your Thanksgiving recipes for two years in a row now! Last year was the Thanksgiving pumpkin cheesecake!!! Thank you for your amazing recipes and witty blog posts 🙂

  19. The idea was good, however my crust burnt as well and tasted horrible! im not sure if it was the burnt molasses maybe? The filling was really good, to eggnoggy for me so next i will just use coconut milk, but the crust did not work for us 🙁

  20. OMG, I made this pie (but with my own crust, ’cause we don’t have molasses), and it is SO GOOD! this was my first paleo thanksgiving, and I was really bummed about no pumpkin pie, because pumpkin pie is the best, but then you posted this recipe, and my thanksgiving dessert was saved! So, thank you 😀

  21. I made this the night before Thanksgiving and the crust totally burned…even the bottom. I talked to another friend that had the same problem. Luckily I was determined and made the pie again the next morning, but with a different crust. SO freaking delicious!!…Any idea why your yummy sounding crust burned? I followed instructions completely.

  22. Hi,
    Just started reading your site. Food looks awesome. Can’t wait to make something!!
    I’m not sure what I enjoy more, your recipes, or the comments to your comments.

  23. My 12 yo daughters say “this was heavenly!” We all thought this was amazing and the recipe will likely be used year-round!

    (At some point during the baking, we realized that the edges of the crust were darkening, so we put some aluminum foil just around the edges to save the crust from burning.)


  24. Where do you buy almond milk or coconut milk eggnog??? And where can you find almond flour – I have the worst luck with almond meal…

  25. I mus have done something wrong because this was pretty bad. The pie filling was really delicious but the crust was all wrong. Usually I’m a huge fan of gingerbread and I always love your recipes but this was a disaster! Which is super unfortunate because I was trying to prove to my family that paleo is delicious. Never matter, I think the issue was maybe the type of molasses. I think you should try to be a bit more specific with ingredients in the future.

  26. I know it’s the holidays and this is pie and all…and I’m sure it’s totally delicious, but there is sugar is most of those egg nogs, getting sneaky calling this Paleo guys, tisk tisk

    1. Well duh. Thankfully, I give you an option to make your own egg nog and judge how much sugar you put in it. Tisk tisk for not reading the recipe and commenting anyways.

  27. After reading that a number of people had issues with the crust I did a couple preventative measures: I put the dough in the freezer before hand while I made the filling (maybe 30 min at the most). I replaced the molasses with maple syrup 1:1, I added a bit of cream cheese, and I used butter straight from the fridge without microwaving (we’re dairy friendly obviously).

    I ended up having to leave the pie in the oven for over an hour since my purée was homemade and had a bit more liquid than store bought and still didn’t have the crust burn.

    Overall turned out great!

  28. I love your recipes, but I’m thinking Paleo baked goods just aren’t for me. =/ Tried making the health-bent egg nog, and it tasted nothing like it (I couldn’t get the egg yolks to stiffen up at all, no matter how long I beat them with an electric mixer). Added it to this recipe, baked for 55 minutes, and ended up with burnt crust (even on the bottom) and a filling that was “meh,” at best. :'( I’m a better cook than a baker, though, so I’m sure some of it was my fault, but I think I’m going to stay away from baked goods from now on.

    Incidentally, this was supposed to be a thank-you-Christmas-gift to our neighbor, who has been giving our daughter things because she knows we’re down on our luck. After tasting it, I decided it would be more of a punishment than a gift. xD

  29. There seems to be a problem with this recipe. My crust was also burned on the bottom, sides, and exposed sections. It started burning at 20 minutes into the bake time and my pie was on the lowest rack. Also, I have never baked a pie at 375 degrees for 55 minutes EVER in my 30 years of baking. Something is not quite right with the molasses ratio in the crust and the temperature. Could you please fix this recipe before more people try to make this for family and friends? Total embarrasment on Christmas.

  30. This burned for me as well. Smelled amazing and I think it has lots of potential, but just did not work. What altitude are you at? Perhaps that’s why the timing/temp is off for a bunch of us?

  31. I found soy eggnog (non GMO) or just regular organic eggnog . couldn’t find coconut or almond milk eggnog at publix.
    Will the soy suffice since it is still non dairy?

    1. if you aren’t lactose intolerant, i personally would go with regular dairy egg nog before soy, but that’s totally up to you! it will still work

  32. Used health bent eggnog with LOTS of brandy. So amazingly good, even husband loved it. I did bake crust for 10 min first just for fun.

  33. The pumpkin eggnog filling was sooo amazing – rich and delicious. I had crust troubles as well. It was burned around the edges and icky. We solved that by eating just the awesome filling. Will try with a different crust next time. 🙂

  34. i started my husband’s “Intro to Paleo” with this pie during the holidays. Pumpkin pie is his absolute favorite treat, and he thinks thinks this is one of the best he’s had! Winning! I made it with coconut milk as we didn’t have eggnog and it was still quite delicious! The almond crust with the flavor of pumpkin pie spice really takes it over the top.

  35. I was misled by the post on the brownie eggnog pumpkin pie saying this one is your fav. I would have to disagree. The brownie eggnog pumpkin pie is the best! My family couldn’t stomach this one at all! The crust didn’t burn, but it didn’t taste good at all.

    1. which eggnog did you use? and can you explain why it didn’t taste good? it’s seriously one of my favorite pumpkin pie recipes so I’m guessing something must have gone wrong when you made it. i’ve made this multiple times and it’s always taste delish!

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