Crustless Protein Pumpkin Pie
Delicious PROTEIN PUMPKIN PIE!! Made with Pumpkin flavored protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin, then baked till it becomes a tender pie. 24 grams of protein for the full mini pie!Jump to Recipe
For one mini pie, you’ll get 220 calories, 24 grams of protein, 32 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of fat.
I love fall! Summer is still hanging on around here with hot days and dry weather, but the mornings are cooler, I’ve seen some leaves starting to change color in the mountains, and yesterday at the grocery store they were selling pumpkins. Yay! Fall makes me want to eat everything pumpkin. So I started experimenting with pumpkin recipes looking for a lower calorie pumpkin treat and one that would give me a good dose of protein.
And . . .there is a new protein powder from Clean Simple Eats- Pumpkin flavor!! (and if you buy some, my discount code for the CSE Protein Powder is AMYROSKELLEY)
Like I said, I wanted to try to make some pumpkin pie. And because I was determined to get this recipe right, I made it three times and ate all three pies. Ooops!
(it’s also why photo one had whipped cream, that was melting.. but picture two had yogurt on top, because I ate all the whipped cream. lol)
But, now YOU can make it and only eat one.
How to make this recipe
- Pumpkin pie spice which you can buy pre-made at the grocery store or just make your own. I make my own by stirring together equal amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves. You can add a little more of a favorite flavor to vary the spice to your taste. I like a little extra cinnamon. Seal it up in an airtight jar and you can use your homemade pumpkin spice all season.
- Pumpkin is a winter squash that is incredibly healthy. Not only is it naturally low in calories, pumpkin is high in nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and iron. Pumpkin is also high in cartenoids which are good for your immune system and great for your skin. Potassium is also found in pumpkin which is key to keeping blood pressure low. Add a high fiber content and you have a nutrient dense, calorie friendly food that is great for weight management.
- Clean Simple Eats pumpkin protein powder is a perfect addition to all your favorite pumpkin recipes. Why not add protein to your baked goods? I love trying new flavors of protein powder and this one did not disappoint. For a break down of all my favorite protein powders read this post.
- Self-rising flour has salt and baking powder already added. It will round out the texture and shape of this yummy pie.
- Whipped Cream or Greek Yogurt make a great low calorie topping (optional)
You probably noticed this is a crustless pie. The flour in the pie will give it more of a cake-like texture than traditional pumpkin puree. Cutting out the crust is a great weight loss strategy. Most of the calories (and sugar, and fat) are found in the crusts of baked goods like pies. While crusts are tasty, if you are looking for tricks for long term weight management, this is one of those things to add to your tool belt. A typical pie crust (one slice of 1/8 of a pie) will add about 110 calories and 8 grams of fat. Making your own crustless pie, like this protein pumpkin pie, can fill in that sweet pumpkin craving and shave off calories. Plus with added protein and the healthy benefits of pumpkin, you can even eat it for lunch!
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Protein Pumpkin Pie
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup self rising flour
- 1 scoop Pumpkin protein powder (30 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- In a blender, blend water, flour, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree.
- Grease a mini pie tin generously! Pour batter into pie tin.
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until top is no longer wet and spongey,
- Remove from oven. Let cool and top with whipped cream!
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