Pumpkin Pie Cookie Crisp

This dessert is dangerous. It’s sitting in my fridge right now calling my name and I keep going back to it for a little nibble…I mean bite..I mean slice…ok, I mean whole pan. And it’s especially calling my name because my husband is staying away from sugar right now so there is even more for me to dig into. Dangerous waters over here, guys. I need to take some to my neighbors ASAP.

PaleOMG Pumpkin Pie Cookie Crisp

My husband has been dealing with some pretty bad overall body issues lately. Headaches, migraines, stomach aches, restless sleep and sometimes complete insomnia. And he couldn’t figure it out because he eats pretty damn clean. You’ve seen what I eat – he eats the same. So he finally got fed up with it and went online to find the best food allergy test and came across this one. I talked about it on my instagram stories yesterday and had so many messages and couldn’t keep up, so I thought I would just put all the information here in case you are having issues and wanted to find someone to get these tests done. Once he took a blood test, he got his results back and it gives you a HUGE breakdown of all your sensitivities and how sensitive you are to those items. So it could be moderate or it may be high. And once he found out all of his allergies, he was able to start figuring out why he felt worse on some days compared to others.

And he was SO surprised with some of his allergies. I was too. Our bodies are so weird. It ranged from chicken, to eggs, broccoli, green olives, oranges, cinnamon, pork and aspergillus mix which includes anything with sugar so fermented foods, alcohol, and then fungi like mushrooms, peanuts (which can hold mold) and a ton of other stuff. It also gives you the breakdown of when you may see the side effects take place. Some are 24 hours after ingesting and some don’t show up until 72 hours later. It’s bananas.

Luckily he’s not allergic to those.
PaleOMG Pumpkin Pie Cookie Crisp

So now we are figuring out a whole new diet for him to stick with strictly for 6 weeks to see it he feels better and some of these issues clear up. Then he’ll be able to add some of those items back in and see how he feels. It’s quite interesting that you can think you’re eating so healthy by eating something as simple as chicken or oranges and they can actually be really f*cking up your body. Dumb bodies.

And just FYI in case you’re wondering more about this test, he had to do it out of pocket and it’s definitely an investment. It ain’t cheap. But it’s going to be COMPLETELY worth it if he finally feels better. And I’m so excited to hopefully have an answer for him. Fingers crossed it works and he can eat pumpkin pie with me again in the future! Until then, it’s beef, green veggies, and potatoes for him!

PaleOMG Pumpkin Pie Cookie Crisp


Pumpkin Pie Cookie Crisp

  • Author: juli



For the filling:

  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of salt

For the toppings:

  • 1 package paleo toasted pecan cookies
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 4 tablespoons cold grass-fed butter or ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a cute pie dish.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add pumpkin, coconut milk, eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt and puree until smooth. Pour batter into the cute pie dish.
  3. Place the cute pie dish in the oven to bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Then turn down oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Once the pie has 5 minutes left, pulse together cookies, pecans, coconut sugar, butter, and salt in a food processor until the cookie and pecans are broken down into small pieces.
  5. Pour the toppings onto the pie then place back in the oven for 12-15 more minutes, until fragrant and pecans have browned a bit.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes then cover with foil and place in the fridge for 2 or more hours
  7. Once completely cool, scoop with a large spoon (no perfect pumpkin pie slices for this pie) and top with coconut whipped cream.


*I blended my coconut milk before measuring. This mixes the cream and water that tend to separate in the can.

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67 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie Cookie Crisp”

  1. Thanks for sharing the information on the test your husband had done. When you posted it yesterday I was very intrigued. But I will admit 50% of me really wants to know what foods I might be allergic to. And the other 50% thinks ignorance is bliss!

    I hope the results help him figure out a plan to start feeling better.

    1. This was sooooo good!!! I even snuck in a small amount of enjoy life chocolate chips on top. This tasted just like pumpkin pie and made my heart happy!! And so easy, my 7 and 4 year old helped make it!

  2. Ummm this recipe looks bananas and is 100% going on my thanksgiving menu this year! I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s health stuff going on, it’s the worst. I’ve been there with the multiple food allergies and sensitivities for years, and I can’t even tell you how many different damn blood, DNA, and saliva tests I’ve done to test out my own food and environmental allergies! (Also, sooo much $$$. ugh). I hope he feels better asap and the test helps! Always here if you need any nutrition recommendations for healing that sh*t up 🙂

  3. I did a similar MRT test 1 1/2 years ago. The results were astonishingly depressive. A lot of my “healthy clean go to foods” were initiating inflammatory responses. I followed the LEAP protocol that accompanied it. I’m not going to lie, it was one of the toughest things i’ve ever done, but so rewarding. I had so many ailments that I did not realize i even had. After completing the protocol (which is reality takes 6+ months when you start testing out foods), I was able to tolerate everything except for gluten. It has taught me a lot. I’ve always been very in tune with my body and now i know if just one little thing is off. Definitely be as supportive as you can during this time. It was TOUGH not being able to eat my favorite things, especially as a self-proclaimed foodie, but it was worth it in the end.

  4. Thank you for sharing! I eat clean as well but often have random symptoms that I cannot pinpoint the trigger of (i.e. itchy feet a night that drive one insane) so I am thinking of doing the allergy test too. I am very curious to find out the impact removing the foods your husband is allergic to will have on his body and ailments. Please keep us posted!!

  5. OMG this recipe looks amazing what a great idea to make a cookie themed pumpkin dessert!

    Ok, so I would be remiss as a yoga/meditation teacher if I didn’t say this but I wonder if some of your husband’s problem is stress? There are studies out there showing that stress can lead to all of those things he is dealing with. And the cleanest diet in the world can’t help you if you are super stressed out. You mention he works a fuckton so I don’t know if he puts a lot of pressure on himself in terms of work, but perhaps he can try some kind of meditation? I like Yoga Nidra it’s a fully guided practice to help you relax (and you just lay down the entire time). Or you just sit there and breathe and focus on how each part of your body feels, there’s so many options to meditate, doesn’t have to be guided. And I dislike this hippy-dippy image of meditation, really I think it’s something that just helps you become more aware of your own thoughts and with more awareness you learn to let go of the stuff that doesn’t matter. I firmly believe that if you heal your mind first then your body will naturally follow.

    And I know I used to have more digestive issues when I was super stressed out and pushing myself. And then when I finally calmed down and eased up on myself, I found I was able to digest food better, even if it was a burger and fries. But I know that’s just me and everyone is different so what do I know 🙂 I hope he is able to feel better! It must be tough for both of you!

  6. Hi Juli! I’m not on Instagram so I don’t know if you discussed this there, but would you mind sharing how much the test cost? Good luck to you and your husband as you work your way through this.

  7. Hi Juli-
    My son had a dairy allergy when he was young. We eliminated dairy for two months, his symptoms went away. Then by our Doctors advice, slowly brought milk into his diet, like a teaspoon a day to build up his tolerance. In no time, he could completely stomach dairy, go figure! Never doesn’t necessarily mean never when it comes to allergies.
    Yah pumpkin desserts!

  8. DEFINITELY going to make this for Thanksgiving this year (and probably top it with some real vanilla ice cream instead of coconut cream). Thank you so much!

  9. I took a smaller sensitivity test with Everlywell that was only about $100 and tested about 100 food items. That’s how I learned that my itchy legs and constant headaches were due to a dairy sensitivity (but not a true allergy or lactose intolerance). I also had minor reactions to a few other odd items like bananas, malt, cauliflower, broccoli, cashews, pineapple, black pepper, and oregano. I mostly just avoid those foods since they’re pretty easy to avoid (except malt, which is in tons of things), but I haven’t done systematic testing to see what the symptoms of those other food sensitivities are. But I now know that if I have dairy, especially cheese, my legs will be itching like crazy 24 hours later. I feel a lot better, but there are still some other issues, like insomnia, that aren’t resolved yet. Eventually, I’d like to save up enough to do a full IgE panel (https://cellsciencesystems.com/patients/alcat-test/food-panels/). Interestingly, when I was doing research, a lot of medical doctors say that this is bunk science. But I know it’s definitely been helpful for me, and I know other people who have been tested for dairy and gluten intolerance and the results have been negative, but their symptoms go away after taking these items out of their diet. It’s also interesting how these issues seem to crop up later in life, and because of that, people think you’re getting rid of something because it’s a “fad” or popular to hate dairy or wheat. But I was fine with dairy until my late 20s, and it took me a couple of years to even figure out that the problem was dairy because everyone assumed it was a skin sensitivity problem and not an issue with diet.

  10. Hi Juli, I feel for your husband! You need to check out NAET, aka “muscle response testing”. NAET.COM Allergies can actually be determined and removed, which no conventional doctor will tell you. I’ve seen it done. It even helps with ADHD and autistic children, and can be performed on a surrogate so the person doesn’t go into anaphylactic shock. I saw a young girl who was treated for a wheat allergy, and her ADHD and hyperactivity disappeared. The first group that is tested for is chicken, feather, eggs. There are 17 basic tests to start, but many more to be checked after those are conquered. No needles, no pain. NAET has a practitioner locator listed on their website. Mine worked out of my alternative medicine doctor’s office. It is not covered by insurance, but I understand that there are some practitioners who do it as a chiropractic visit, if your insurance covers that, as it has to do with your spine. Lactose intolerance, peanut allergies, etc. Things you have no idea you’re allergic too, and you don’t need the expensive test to find out beforehand. Each item is tested, and then cured, if there’s a reaction. Any person with a medical background, like a nurse, can take the classes in CA to become a practitioner. Believe me, it sounds like voodoo, but it does work! When you think about all the poor children out there who have allergies, it’s sad that no one knows this, and no one is willing to pay out of pocket to cure them. We are what we eat!

  11. I made this dessert over the weekend and used Stauffers Pumpkin Spice Snaps (not Paleo) as an alternative to the Simple Mills cookies you recommended and had great results. I brought it to a party and because it wasn’t an “easy to eat while standing dessert” no one ate it. However, I do not believe they did not eat the dessert because it was not delicious. I can’t stop eating it. Thanks again for a fantastic recipe!

      1. Juli, This recipe is amazing and I plan to make it for my family on Thanksgiving this year. I had no idea that making this type of dessert could be so easy. I had a minimal shopping list and could use ingredients I already had in my pantry. I am still eating it. -Elena

  12. Sooo cooking this for thanksgiving this year. I’m not the ” gotta have it pumpkin spice” kinda guy, I just love fall weather and a good excuse to eat pumpkin!

  13. Hi Juli!

    I reached out to Dunwoody about their sensitivity tests, and they have not been very helpful. Did your husband require an order from his doctor, then have to find an approved clinic? I’d like to do this for my daughter and I.

    Thank you,


  14. Sounds like your husband has a histamine intolerance; hopefully not mast cell. It’s extra hard to heal the gut w/out fermentation etc. I’m a high histamine hot mess- hope he finds out what’s all wrong quickly. Genetics were the only way I got my official diagnosis. Dna all the way.

  15. So delicious! Do you have any tips to get the filling part a bit more solid (less puréed)? Tastes amazing either way.

    Would you refrigerate and how long do you think it would last? Definitely want to make for gatherings!

  16. I made this and HOLY SHIT it was pretty much the best thing ever. I’m totally an apple over a pumpkin spice type, but this is even better than my favorite paleo apple crisp that I make constantly all fall and winter long … and I totally ate several pieces for breakfasts last week. I’m going to make it again, with a lower sugar granola topping, and play around with less sugar in the pumpkin base just a bit to see how I can lower the overall sugar content and keep eating this for breakfast lol!

  17. I just tested this recipe out the other day to see if it would be a good thing to bring to my boyfriend’s house for Thanksgiving. *Wow* so incredibly easy and even more delicious! There is minimal cleanup too, my favorite. I think this is way easier to make than a normal pie because you don’t have to make a crust! Thanks for the great recipe Juli I’m def making this again!

  18. Hi Juli! I am considering taking the test your husband took and was curious if he’s noticed any changes after avoiding the foods that he tested sensitive to? Thanks!

    1. yeah he’s feeling better from taking those foods out of his diet but every day is different and it’s pretty difficult when he’s traveling because he’s not suppose to have black pepper and it’s in everything when you are eating out

  19. My cousin made this for thanksgiving this year and it was better than any pumpkin pie I’ve had! I had to look up the recipe so I could make it tomorrow for our second Thanksgiving.

  20. Could you use the crust from the Pumpkin Magic Bars for this? Or would the different oven temps/times not quite workout? Thanks in advance! And love all your recipes! 😀

  21. Hi! This recipe looks amazing! Do you know the macros per serving? And what is the serving size? Thanks!!❤️

    1. i have zero clue about the macros per serving, but i’m sure there is a macro calculator online to help you figure that out!! And this dish should make 6-8 servings

  22. I cannot wait to make this!! I love your dessert recipes. And just overall, I love following you. Your personality is great, and I love your views on health and wellness. This space needs more people like you in it. Love from Fort Collins!!!

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