From chilled bits of butter, to vinegar, to vodka, I’ve made and loved some of the best pie crust recipes over many years. But this year, as a mom with healthy living goals for myself and my family, I’m turning to healthy Thanksgiving recipes. Unfortunately, even many “healthy” pie crust recipes include wheat flours, starches, and highly saturated fats. Still others offer results that are just not worth the effort!
This year, I turned to a secret anti aging ingredient: almond meal. The simple flour made from ground almonds makes for a heart healthy, gluten-free pie crust with a flavor that complements Thanksgiving pie recipes like pumpkin. I developed a press-in-pan recipe to be as easy to prepare as possible, yet still achieve a tasty crust. Then I created a perfectly spiced pumpkin filling using coconut milk and sweetened it only with real maple syrup for a delicious and creamy healthy dessert packed with antioxidant protection.
Almond meal is sold at most grocery stores, but you can also make your own by grinding lightly toasted blanched almonds in your food processor until they are the texture of coarse meal. Check back tomorrow for my recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Pie with Almond Macaroon Crust.