A slice of traditional pumpkin pie has about 323 calories and about 25 grams of sugar. Luckily, there are many bakers out there who want to experiment and have created some recipes that meet certain diet guidelines — or are just healthier, to begin with.
The recipe uses an artificial sweetener instead of sugar. With all of the sugar alternatives on the market today, you can probably find one that works best in this recipe. Splenda, Truvia or any granulated artificial sweetener will work. You may also substitute half of an artificial sweetener and half of real sugar to cut down on the sugar content. Liquid sweeteners, honey, barley malt extract, and agave syrup have also been used as the sole sweetener in some recipes.
Healthier Pumpkin Pie
Looking for a few ways to make pumpkin pie healthier? Try any — or all — of these ideas:
- Try coconut milk instead of evaporated milk
- Make an oat crust instead of a traditional pastry crust
- Get even more creative with sugar alternatives and use a combination of pure maple syrup and vanilla crème stevia.
- Skip the full-fat whipped cream. Opt for a sugar-free or low-fat variety, or don’t add any on top.
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Beat pumpkin, milk, and eggs. Beat in rest of ingredients.
- Pour into pastry lined pie pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 F.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
- Serve with sugar-free whipped cream.
Once you make the recipe, you may want to play around with the type of artificial sweetener you use.
Some have an after taste that may bother you or the others eating the pie.
Also remember that some sugar substitutes can be more or less sweet than actual sugar, so read the directions carefully. In some cases, you only use half the amount than you would with a traditional sugar.