Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (gluten-free) | The Baking Beauties
I’ve never been a fan of pie. Well, it ends up, I’ve never been a fan of pie crust. This Crustless Pumpkin Pie is gluten free, and will be loved by both “gluten-eaters” and those of us that eat gluten free. This pie was very flavourful, simple to make, moist, and yet held it’s shape well enough, you’d think there was a crust under there. :)

Crustless Pumpkin Pie
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin (or fresh cooked equivalent)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (see note)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a pie plate (I use a 9 1/2-inch Pyrex pie plate) with some oil.
  3. Combine ALL ingredients (including the whipping cream), and mix until well combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pie plate, and bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes. The pie is done when a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Top with desired topping (real whipped cream at our house).
If you do not have evaporated milk on hand, you can substitute by mixing 1/3 cup dry milk powder with 3/8 cup water. This yields 1/2 cup.


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36 Responses to Crustless Pumpkin Pie

  1. betty r October 20, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    This looks very good Jeanine and it really looks like it has a crust..(although I am one who is fond of a crust:)the extra calories and all)

  2. Eliana October 20, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    Althought I love pie crust, this looks absolutely delicious.

  3. Tasty Eats At Home October 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    I do like a good pie crust, but I have eaten so many pies in my past with dry, cardboard-flavored crusts. This is an easy way to bypass that (and not even fuss with a gluten-free crust!). Love it!

  4. Skaggs October 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I made this tonight it was fabulous and it does seem like it has a crust. This will be on my table for Thanksgiving!!! Thank you for sharing this one!

  5. Katy October 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    That's how I usually make my pumpkin pies, too! It really saves on the calories, so I add extra whipped cream to even it all out. Ha ha.

  6. Tammy October 21, 2009 at 8:00 am #

    I made a crustless pumpkin pie for my dessert last Thanksgiving. It was delicious! I used to like a good pie crust, but really only ate a few bites from each piece of pie. So I really don't miss the crust in recipes like this one.

  7. lavienouveau October 22, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    ooo I LOVE this idea. I love pumpkin but have been known to scrape all the pumpkin pie innards right off the shell so this is AWESOME to me!

  8. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free October 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    I've been making pumpkin cheesecake and I made a pumpkin mousse. Both delicious. I love the crust…I'm in the minority here. But your crustless would make me happy, too. I happen to just love pumpkin. I eat it right out of the can. :)

    Plus – this is such a time-saver at the holidays! Who doesn't love that?

  9. Katy October 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    I am definitely going to try this. You should enter it in the Better Recipes Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Blogger Recipe contest.

  10. Anonymous November 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    This recipe works better than the other, similar, ones I've tried. I put a piece in the freezer and it thawed out nicely. By myself, I could not eat it all before it would spoil. Thanks Jeanine.

  11. Jeanine November 6, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks, katy, but unfortunately, Canadians can't enter.:(

    As for freezing it, that sounds like a fantastic idea! I bet it'd even be good partially frozen…mmm…

  12. AUTISMOMMA December 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    I had to laugh when I saw this recipe. My family eats gluten and dairy free and last Christmas I made a crustless pumpkin pie. The recipe I used was right off the pumpkin can, with my gluten-free and dairy-free substitutions made where applicable. When we took it to an extended family gathering that day people were asking me what it was and I told them it was "Pumpkin Pudding." They all thought it was so good and were just raving to no end over it. Finally, I told them all it was was a pumpkin pie recipe made without a crust. They were all in shock! Funny as it was…it's amazing how you can fool people into thinking they are eating something so different when the only thing left out is the crust.

    Anyway, thank you for providing this recipe. I will have to try it!

    • Caroline October 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      Just wondering what you would substitute for the evaporated milk in this case to make it dairy-free? I would LOVE to try this, but can’t do the dairy.

      • Jeanine October 23, 2012 at 6:22 am #

        You can use coconut milk in place of the evaporated milk and cream without a problem, making it dairy free as well! :)

  13. Linda September 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    This looks wonderful! Is there any reason why you use sorghum, i.e., can any gf flour be used? Thanks.

    • Jeanine September 15, 2011 at 7:23 am #

      Hi Linda,
      I’m pretty sure you could use any GF flour without a problem. I would just make sure it is a flour, and not a starch. I’m not sure how it would work with a straight starch. But, I think that millet, brown rice, or even garfava would work well.

      • Linda Stoddard September 15, 2011 at 9:22 am #

        Thanks, Jeanine. That makes perfect sense. I stumbled on Better Batter gluten free (has xanthan gum already in the mix) and have noticed that my baking products come out better–I went through a lot of mixes–it’s really an art coming up with the right GF flour mix for the right product. I’ve also had really good luck with your recipes as well–what would we do without you! :-) Lin

  14. kathleen October 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Wondering if it would turn out well if I subbed 1 cup of full fat coconut milk for the dairy.

    • Jeanine October 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      Absolutely! That shouldn’t be a problem at all. :)

  15. Kristin November 20, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Any suggestions for egg substitutions in this recipe?

    • Jeanine November 20, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer should work to replace the eggs, or you could try 1/4 cup fruit puree (applesauce?) in place of one egg.

    • Jeanine November 20, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Oh, Silken Tofu works well as a replacement also! (I asked readers on Facebook, quite a few suggestions there as well). :)

  16. Ruth September 26, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Might try this sometime, substituting cooked mashed carrots for the pumpkin.

  17. GwenH October 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Hi Jeanine, I made the pumpkin pie for supper tonight, it was fantastic!! Thank-you for the awesome recipes and thank-you for sharing them and posting the link on facebook. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  18. Genie September 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    This looks amazing! I think I need to add this to my “dry run” weekend of recipe testing for the holidays. Wonder if you could make a sweet potato pie the same way, what do you think?

    • Jeanine September 4, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      I think it would work great with sweet potato – I don’t see why not! :)

      • Genie September 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

        When I make it, I will let you know! Thanks!

  19. Betsy M September 15, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Jeanine, I have been using this recipe for a few years and just realized that I never got back to you to say thank you. We always have a large quantity of winter squash and pumpkin in the garden so we make allot of pumpkin pie! I do alter the recipe slightly in a few ways. First, in order to make it faster I throw all the ingredients into a large bowl and blend them with my stick blender. We are dairy/nut/coconut free so I also do not add any milk/cream of any sort. My pumpkin or squash is often more runny than that you would find canned so I just skip the extra milk unless the mixture seems too thick. I also often add an extra egg or two just to increase the protein content for the kids – you know, make it “healthy” and more filling :). Last of all, I find that a double batch of this fits perfectly in my 9 x 13″ glass Pyrex pan. Thanks again for the recipe.

  20. Ian October 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Is the whipping cream only an optional topping or does it go in the mix too?

    • Jeanine October 31, 2014 at 7:12 am #

      The heavy whipping cream goes IN the pie – buy extra to whip to put on top. :)

  21. MsCollette October 31, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    I am also curious about the last two ingredients. Are they for the topping or to be included in the pie?

    • Jeanine October 31, 2014 at 7:11 am #

      The heavy whipping cream goes IN the pie – buy extra to whip to put on top. :)

  22. Susan Wachtel December 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Thanks so much for the recipe. We have family coming for Christmas who are gluten-free. It looks very yummy!


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