30 Days, No Sweets? Pie is everywhere. Day 13


I swear, this whole weekend, all I saw was pie. Everywhere. Pumpkin pie is one of my favourite things in the universe, without doubt. Yet, based on my current circumstance, my loved ones made sure that I did not get a single taste of this delicious, spicy pumpkin-y treat all weekend. It was torture. 


I was definitely noticing a decrease in my cravings for sweet treats until Thanksgiving weekend hit. The only downside to a relaxing weekend with my Mom was watching everyone else eat pumpkin pie and rhubarb pie and plum pie. Aside from the torture of watching friends and family mow down on their pie while I sipped at black coffee, I have generally been feeling less and less inclined to reach out for sugary snacks.
I have been contemplating making a sugar free version of the classic fall treat. The majority of the recipes I have researched call for sugar free vanilla instant pudding. The issue I have with this is, does this count as dessert? My goal throughout this challenge is to steer clear of desserts and my beloved sweet treats. The parameter I set for myself in the beginning was no refined, added or unnatural sugars. But does this cross the line?
Either way, here is a modified sugar-free pumpkin pie recipe…
2 (4 oz. each) pkg. sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
2 c. minus 1 tbsp. cold low-fat milk
1 c. cooked or canned pumpkin
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Mix pudding, milk, pumpkin, and spices in large bowl of electric mixer. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Pour into a baked 9 inch pie shell and chill.
Additionally, I am sure that I could make this rendition even healthier by cutting out the crust and going for a crustless pumpkin pudding pie type concoction. I will for sure be conducting more research to see if I can actually consume this variation of pumpkin pie, so stay tuned!

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