Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert

pecan pie

When it comes to major holidays in my family, I’m usually the one in charge of dessert, and I usually try to bring something healthy that tastes like it’s not.

One of my favorite health magazines is “Alive.” It’s free, and available at most health food stores. It has amazing healthy recipes that never disappoint.

I stumbled across an amazing dessert recipe in the September issue of Alive, and here’s what I plan to make: A Butternut Pecan Pie with an almond flour crust. The pie is sweetened with butternut squash, coconut sugar and maple syrup (all healthy alternatives to refined sugar), and the crust is gluten-free; made with almonds (a heart-healthy fat & great source of vitamin E) vs. refined flour.


In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a healthy, guilt-free dessert – enjoy!

Butternut Pecan Pie
Adapted from Alive Magazine
Serves 8

4 cups or 700g butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 in (2.5 cm) cubes (available pre-cut at Costco)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup pecan halves
2 Tbsp maple syrup
Almond flour crust (click here for Alive recipe)


Set steamer basket in large saucepan and fill with 1 in water. Place squash in pan, cover, and steam over boiling water until very tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool.

Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C) and set rack in bottom third of oven.

Place cooled squash in food processor container and blend until very smooth. Add eggs, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, spices, and pinch of salt; blend until combined.

Bake dough according to recipe (see link above).

Scatter pecans over crust and drizzle maple syrup over top. Pour butternut mixture over pecans and place pan in oven. Bake until set and no longer jiggly in the centre, about 45 minutes.

Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate to cool completely before serving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett. A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America. The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in. As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices. I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.

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