…In my last Healthy Impossible Sweet Potato Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting recipe post I was telling you all about my Pumpkin vs. Sweet Potato Dessert dilemma for the upcoming Thanksgiving… 🙂 And how I then finally decided to go with the sweet potatoes…
But… you know what? With my big love for my Pumpkins I thought that I just couldn’t NOT make a traditional pumpkin dessert as well!And what could be more traditional than a PIE! Because a PIE is what comes to mind when we think “Thanksgiving Desserts”, right?But once again, there are SO MANY Pumpkin Pie recipes out there! And so, even though I REALLY wanted to make something truly traditional, I just couldn’t resist giving it a little personal “twist”. Just to spice things up a bit… 🙂 Literally and figuratively speaking… 🙂And… what’s the better way to spice things up AND make them even more indulgent at the same time than making them Chocolate? 🙂 This is how the idea for this (Somewhat Untraditional) Chocolate Pumpkin Pie recipe came to me!Also… well, there is another little “untraditional” twist that I gave to the “traditional” Pumpkin Pie recipe…This Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Pie is also… Crustless!Uh… But… it’s still a PUMPKIN PIE, right? 🙂 And so it can rightfully be called a True Thanksgiving Dessert! 🙂 But (just because I always have this urge to justify my choices 🙂 )… think about all the great things that comes with my Un-Traditional Crustless Chocolate Pumpkin Pie:
- It’s Super-Fast to make! (And that could be a REAL life-saver when you’re in the pre-Holiday-pinch! Skipping the crust-making&baking step is a big thing when you have very little time (and energy) to have EVERYTHING done!) No, really: you don’t even have to mess too much with the filling! Just throw all the ingredients in the blender, give them a few spins until they’re incorporated, pour it all in your pie dish, bake, and… viola! Your yummy beautiful pie is all ready to go!
- It’s Low-Calorie! Because what makes a pie high-calorie? The buttery crust, right? Going “bare” cuts a ton of calories down! (And that may come very handy when you don’t want to JUST have (one small) piece a pie at your Big Dinner!)
- Finally it is Super-Healthy! Because aside from the super-healthy pumpkin, this pie also features the super-healthy cocoa powder! Not only the cocoa makes this pie extra-decadent! It adds so much flavor and substance to it that you don’t need to use any fat and very little sugar to make this pie taste great!
- 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup fat-free condensed milk
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 oz chocolate cereal*
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- If you are in a real pinch or if you don't have the chocolate cereal handy just grease your pie dish with the oil and dust it with some flour. I dusted my my pie dish with the ground chocolate cereal: I used the cereal to make serving the pie super-easy (the slices just slide off the pie dish) and I chose the chocolate cereal to make the bottom of the pie look just as chocolaty as the pie itself. And so I put the cereal in the blender and blend until the it resembled fine crumbs. I then pressed the crumbs into the pie dish.
- If you like you can also stick the dusted pie dish in the oven for 3-5 minutes (making sure that the thin layer of flour/crumbs don't burn! This step just gives the roasted crumbs a nice flavor.
- Put the pumpkin, eggs, condensed milk, sugar, cocoa powder, flour, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, pumpkin spice and cinnamon in the blender and blend until everything is incorporated.
- Pour the pie filling into the pie pan.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until the toothpick inserted in the middle of pie comes out clean.
- Let the pie cool a bit before slicing it, and... enjoy!
*For this recipe I used the chocolate low-sugar cheerios. But if you don't have the chocolate cereal you can use use just about any other cereal; to make your cereal crumbs "chocolate" just add a tbsp of cocoa powder to the blender together with the cereal and... viola!
Happy Upcoming Thanksgiving, Friends!