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Grandma’s Pumpkin Dessert (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Every single year since as long as I can remember, my Grandma Winnie has made this pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas and for holiday gatherings in between. It goes pretty fast in our family, and it’s one of my husband’s favorite desserts, ever!

In our family cookbook, my Grandma’s description of this recipe is simply, “incredibly delicious, incredibly easy… a Thanksgiving staple!” It’s a staple in our family holidays, for sure! It’s kind of like a reverse pumpkin pie: pumpkin filling on the bottom with a tasty, crumbly topping.

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My grandpa John loved this dessert so much… I love this picture of my hubby and Grandpa in the kitchen with their pumpkin dessert. It’s just one of the many, many, many… MANY things they bonded over. Thankful for this photo! It’s funny how foods can bring up memories, emotions and feelings. This dessert does just that.

I wanted to recreate this to make it gluten-free, dairy-free and without cane sugar so that my hubby can still eat it without eating dairy and so that those in our family who are now gluten-free, dairy-free and those who avoid cane sugar can also enjoy it as well.

Maybe I am slowly starting to convert everyone?

I used less sugar than the original recipe and the crumble on top has way less sugar than what the original recipe calls for, too. I also didn't use any cane sugar and only coconut sugar for both the filling as well as the delicious crumble on top.

This recipe turned out just like Grandma’s, and that makes me so happy. I wanted it to look and taste just like her amazing recipe. My hubby and daddy both agreed that it’s “just like Grandma’s!” I hope you enjoy this dessert with your family this year! If you love pumpkin and pumpkin pie, then this will surely be a hit — plus as my Grandma Winnie said… “it’s incredibly delicious, incredibly easy… a Thanksgiving staple!”

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2 15oz cans organic Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 13oz can coconut cream (just the thick, creamy white stuff)

1 cup coconut sugar

5 eggs

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

For topping:

1/2 cup almond flour

2 Tablespoons coconut flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup vegan butter (We prefer Miyoko's)


In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, coconut cream, coconut sugar, eggs, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix well.

Pour the mixture into a prepared 9 x 13 baking pan. (I use olive oil spray for baking, too.)

In a medium-sized bowl, combine gluten-free rolled oats, almond flour, coconut flour and coconut sugar and stir. Cut butter into small pieces into the bowl. Mix with a fork or whisk until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of pumpkin mixture evenly.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Do your best to allow it to cool at least 20 minutes before serving. It will cut easier.


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Hey! Welcome to Krysten's Kitchen... I guess I can say, "my kitchen." I am all about creating delicious recipes that are made with yummy, real ingredientsI love recreating old family favorites, sweets and everything in between. You'll find a touch of Disney, lots of amazing products and laughter along the way. I launched Krysten's Kitchen with the mission to share my years of research on healthy alternatives to everyday foods that most people can no longer eat due to dietary restrictions, food allergies or special eating lifestyles. 


In 2018, I received the Rising Star Award at ShiftCon & in May 2019 I lobbied on Capitol Hill with the Organic Trade Association and in October 2019 I received the Best Healthy Recipes Blogger at ShiftCon. You can learn more about me, my family and my story, here.

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