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Pumpkin Pie Paradise

Hello lovely readers!

I am sorry that my posting this week has been sporadic. Chase leaves for active duty in a couple days and I will not be able to see him for a month—boo! Consequently, I will have all the time in the world to post after he leaves, but this week it is not may #1 priority.

Chase will miss Halloween, which makes me SO sad. We are attempting to make up for it by doing many autumnal activities this week. Today I am roasting pumpkin seeds and tonight we will be making a pumpkin pie from a sugar pumpkin.


While I will not be partaking in the pie—we are making a gluten crust because Chase is gifting it to several fellow doctors.

If you have never made a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin, you really must do it at least once! It tastes different from canned pumpkin pie–both delicious in their own right.

Chase is dying since he cannot eat a piece; however, being the amazing wife that I am (Ha!), I poured extra filling in several ramekins. When they came out of the oven, his gobbled the first one up before I could even take a picture.

Don’t let the ugliness fool you. I took a bite of it and it tastes even better than I remember. I actually am not a big pumpkin pie fan, but I do love at least one big bite!

While I may not be partaking in the pie, I will definitely be eating my share of pumpkin seeds—a lovely Paleo treat!

I like to keep it simple with pumpkin seeds: One batch sweet, one batch salty.

For sweet half of the seeds, I coated them in a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

For the salty seeds, I drizzled them in olive oil and sprinkled them with salt.

I then baked them at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


I love having pumpkin seeds and a tall glass of iced tea for a morning or afternoon snack–so delicious and so filling.

Pumpkin seeds are incredibly healthy. They serve as an excellent source of fiber, protein, and Vitamin E. The fat they contain is all mono-unsaturated, so it is the super healthy fat. This is what makes them such an amazing snack–they truly satiate you!

Do you like pumpkin pie? Have you ever roasted pumpkin seeds? Do you like sweet or savory seasoning?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

20 responses »

  1. I sure as heck do like pumpkin pie! I also like that you can make it much healthier… I made a low-fat version last year and no one from my family knew! Best served with ice cream 🙂

  2. Yum! I love pumpkin pie! I’ve never tried roasting pumpkin seeds, but I’ve seen it all over the blog world, so I’m thinking I might have to give it a try soon!

  3. Oh yummm! I should roast pumpkin seeds with my kids at school! That would be fun! 🙂

  4. I have never made a pumpkin pie from scratch! I like pumpkin pie, but only when the spices are subtle. I am not a fan of nutmeg!

  5. Don’t make me miss my ramekins so much! I love that idea! I’m not really a pumpkin pie fan, but I like the pumpkin flavor and other pumpkin desserts. Yum!

  6. yumm i love pumpkin pie 🙂 my grandma makes a really good and healthy one. the crust is a combination of egg white, sugar, and pecans. so goooood!

  7. Noo! I missed a post, but at least I’ve finally cracked onto how to subscribe!! I love pumpkin seeds roasted with tamari and curry powder – SUPER good. I also LOVE pumpkin pie, but you’d be hard pressed to find a dessert I don’t love!! xox

    • Well the last post was about Target, and the fact that you live an ocean away from the nearest Target probably makes that post a painful read!

      I keep trying to like curry, but I just can’t. I had an awful experience as a kid with curry and I have never quite gotten over it. 😦 However, eating curry is a great way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

  8. That pie looks heavenly! The Doc’s your hubby works with are spoiled! 🙂 I love pumpkin seeds, my mom used to always roast them when I was growing up, I miss that!

    The flavor combo that Emmy suggested above sounds delicious! I guess I need to go carve a pumpkin so I can roast some seeds! Yum!

  9. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I’ve never made pumpkin pie at ALL, let alone from a straight pumpkin! I hope you’re planning on sharing how you conquered the task when you two finish 🙂

  10. I love pumpkin pie, but I have to admit I’m guilty of using the canned stuff. Enjoy all the time you have with your sweetie 🙂

  11. That reminds me that I have sugar pumpkin saved up. I really should make a pie with it. We have a potluck coming up, and homemade pumpkin pie would be perfect.

  12. I just love roasted pumpkin seeds! I want some right now!


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