Recipe | Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie

Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie
I love pumpkin pie, but I think we can all agree on this: the crust is the worst part. It’s just so meh. Some might also find it to be blech. Or maybe even blah. When I joined Weight Watchers several years ago, I started making the Crustless Pumpkin Pie recipe that every member can likely recite by heart. It’s super easy and yummy and it eliminates that whole bland crust conundrum. But after nearly a decade of going crust-free, I started wanting crust again, just to make it a little more pie-ish. (Pie-ish is a word!)

Obviously, the standard pie crust just doesn’t do it for me. And a graham cracker crust would be a little too sweet, I think. So instead I used gingersnaps and came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie. And it was crazy good! While it does make the Weight Watchers Crustless Pumpkin Pie a little less virtuous, it’s still lower in calories than a regular pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8

Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie

A lighter version of pumpkin pie with a gingersnap crust.

Ingredients

  • cooking spray or oil mister
  • 16 gingersnap thins (like Anna's)
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skim milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pulse gingersnaps in food processor until they form fine crumbs. Stir in melted butter. Spray 9-inch deep-dish pie dish with cooking spray and press crumbs into bottom.
  3. Combine pumpkin, milk, egg whites, salt, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Pour mixture into pie dish.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 325 and bake for 45 minutes more, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
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Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks REALLY good, but I have to disagree on your crust feelings. I loooove pie crust… it just has to be done right! do you normally cook your pie crust a bit before you fill it?

    • Kiersten Frase says

      REALLY? Ew. I thought everyone hated pie crust! I’ve never made it myself, but I’ve had homemade (that other people have made), store bought, fresh from the bakery–doesn’t matter where it’s from, I never like it.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I really thought this was a semi-original idea, but after I made it, I did a Google search for it and it pre-populated for me. Dammit!

      I was going to garnish the slices with crystallized ginger, but putting it in the crust is an even better idea.

  2. says

    Must say (as your first commenter did) I love a good pie crust too. That being said, I love what you did with this pumpkin pie… a gingersnap crust sounds like the perfect complement to the spices in pumpkin pie. Yum!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I’m really not sure what you could use and not having tried it myself, I hate telling you something that wouldn’t work out. I wonder if maybe coconut milk would work? Of course, that would up the fat in this recipe a lot…

  3. says

    Where were you when I finally tossed the bag of gingersnaps I’d bought ‘for some recipe, I saw it somewhere . . . if I keep searching I’ll find it again’ and 5 months later, no recipe. Funny, how you get on the internet looking for one thing and get distracted. This recipe, however, I have bookmarked in my Desserts folder so when I finally buy another bag of gingersnaps I will be ready. Thanks!

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