Gluten Free Crustless Blender Pecan Pie52
It only seems fitting that the first gluten free vegetarian recipe I post in this recipe blog be the quintessential example of the healthy blender recipes premise. That, Yes! You can prepare healthy natural food that is satisfying and tastes incredible with basic skills and knowledge; and that it can be quick and easy.
This gluten-free pecan pie is literally child’s play -- homage to the basics: simple, fun, healthy and happy. This crustless pecan pie really is the embodiment of blend and live. Just throw everything in your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth. It takes less than 5 minutes. How easy is that? More importantly, this gluten-free pecan pie is absolutely delicious; and dare I say it, downright impressive. If you are looking for show-stopping blender recipes and one of the best Vitamix recipes on the planet, this crustless pecan pie is it!
This pecan pie has been a staple treat in my family for about 30 years. Mum found this pecan pie recipe in an old Southern cookbook at a second hand book store on a trip to New Orleans back in the 80’s and we have been chowing down with joy ever since! The cookbook is long gone, but the memories still remain. I am sitting here recalling many a dinner party at our house, where the noses at the door would be poking in, “Mmmm Please tell us you’ve made your pecan pie”. Cut to Mum frantically grabbing the blender, and dad pouring the cocktails to drown the withdrawal pouts until the sweet smell of success wafted out of the oven.
We have given this blender pecan pie recipe to over 100 grateful pie devotees over the years. There is nothing better than tasting something you love, asking for the recipe, and hearing those magic words, that the sumptuous delight you have wondered if you could ever recreate is “oh so easy”. You will find yourself sharing that love and sounding like a broken record passing this trusty little pecan pie recipe along.
Over the years mum and I have experimented and adapted this yummy blender recipe using natural sweeteners, dairy free vegan milks and gluten free flours. For those of you who do not suffer from food allergies, feel free to use regular cow’s milk, wheat flour and sugar. However, I can honestly say that it tastes better this way, and we all know it is healthier. Please experiment and make this gluten-free pecan pie your own.
Just a few tips when making this blender pie: this recipe responds better with creamy vegan milks like soy milk and hemp milk, rather than rice milk and oat milk; and if you use too much liquid sweetener it can take a long time to set. To rectify this, add in a little bit more gluten free flour. Stick closely to the ratios and you will be good to go. Everybody has a different palate for sweetness and texture. I like my pecan pie less sweet and more like custard. My husband prefers it firm so he can gobble it like a sandwich.
Although, history has shown he will take it any way he can get it! Flashback to one night last year that will live in infamy: we had enjoyed a wonderful four-course dinner with friends where everyone was so stuffed and over-refreshed we had dared to leave a few morsels of pecan pie on our plates. Rob, under the guise of doing the dishes, was sprung surreptitiously scraping dishes into the trash, as he shovelled left over pecan pie from the plates of our dinner guests! It was just so out of character, and just a bit too close to “George Costanza with the chocolate éclair” for me. But when he abruptly turned to me like a guilty child and simply replied, “It was just too good to waste….” What is a loving wife to do? Grab a fork and join the party.
This, from the same clean freak gentleman, who, last week, as he was reluctantly lacing up his rented shoes after being coerced into bowling for the first time in 20 years, turned to me with a grimace on his face and said, “I wore extra thick socks. I am allergic to wearing other people’s shoes!” We had the same pie deprived friends over for dinner last weekend and I shared Rob’s penchant for leftovers. Knowing Rob, they were shocked and amused. But in the true spirit of friendship and camaraderie they took one for the team and left a bit of food on their plates as they affectionately handed them to Rob with a “Here buddy – that’s for you”!
Try this gluten free crustless pecan pie! It is BLENDSATIONAL and brings out the kid in everyone! Yummy yummy in my piggy tummy........
Gluten Free Crustless Blender Pecan Pie
- 1 cup raw pecans
- ¾ cup white rice flour
- 4 organic eggs
- 2 cups hemp milk or soy milk
- ½ cup organic melted butter (1 stick) or vegan margarine
- 3/4 cup of maple syrup
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- Throw all your ingredients in the blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth.
- You might have to stop and scrape the sides of your blender to make sure your batter is mixed through. If your blender will not hold the entire mixture, just puree in batches and then stir. It doesn’t matter what kind of blender you use. This recipe is fool proof. You can’t fail.
- Pour into a well greased 9 inch/23cm pie dish and bake at 150 C / 300 F for about an hour or until set.
- It can take up to an hour and a half to set, and the pie makes its own subtle crust.
- Jazz up this simple pie with a drizzle of maple syrup, a dollop of vegan cream or ice-cream and top with some crushed pecans or shaved dark chocolate. You can also make little individual pies and mound cream, syrup and nuts on top. The different colors, textures, and flavors gives this pie a little extra kick. Whether making this for a guilt free family sweet treat, whipping it up for that surprise dinner guest that someone brings home, or preparing it for that special dinner party – this recipe is a winner. Your snout will be returning to this pecan filled trough again and again and again, and you too, will not be leaving any leftovers!
Serves 6 -8
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to clean your blender
After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage.
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water.
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.