Paleo Pecan Pie

Pies have always held a special place in my holiday baking rituals.  But once I have to cut out all grains, this was the one dessert that I missed the most.  I could give up cakes and ice cream and all that, but missing out on my mom's pies seemed like a punch in the gut.  It was just mean. Pie might as well be one of my love languages.  That is how much I love it. 

When I came across a pie crust recipe on Elana's Pantry, my sadness turned into hope.  That lady does not mess around with her recipes.  She does not stop until she dominates that recipe.  So I knew it would be good. 

So armed with her crust recipe, I embarked on my own quest to build the perfect paleo pecan pie.  And oh my goodness... I think I have done it!  But of course, I will let you be the judge.

Paleo Pecan Pie

the crust
2 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut oil (cold)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 egg beaten

the filling
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil (warm - melted)
2 eggs (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp almond flour
  1 tbsp coconut milk
2 cups pecans
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 

The Crust -  In a food processor, pulse the almond flour, coconut sugar, and salt all together.  Add in the cold coconut oil and then finally the egg.  Keep pulsing until the dough forms a kind of ball.  At this point, I take the ball out and put in a small bowl and pop it in the fridge while I make the filling.  Cold dough is definitely easier to work with.

The Filling - In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Then stir in the maple syrup, coconut sugar, and melted coconut oil. Once it is all fully whisked together, stir in the almond flour, coconut milk, and vanilla.  And then finally add in the pecans making sure that they are all evenly coated.

Once the filling is complete, take your dough out of the fridge and with your fingers start pressing it into your pie plate. I use a 9" pie plate. Spread it out so that there are no gaps and make sure to push some up the sides of the pie plate as well.

Pour the filling mixture into the prepared pie dough. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 45-50n minutes or until it no longer jiggles in middle.  If the crust edges are getting to brown, just cover the edges with foil until the middle filling sets.

Once they are done baking, let it cool completely so that it sets.   Then grab a fork and dig in.  This pie is good room temperature of cold. I don't know if it freezes well as it has never lasted long enough to find out.

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Friday Favorites - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with lots of good food, wine, conversation, and pants that stretch in all the right places. We are spending this weekend hanging out in our PJs, visiting with family, watching football, and drinking lots of hot chocolate this rainy and cold weekend. 


An awesome Thanksgiving.   We hosted this year and it was great.  While we did a lot of prepping and cooking this week, it was all pretty laid back.  And my pies turned out great!!!  This is a very big deal for me because Thanksgiving is all about the pie in my opinion.  And coming up with a good paleo, gluten free alternative is tricky.  But they turned out so delicious.... and even better for breakfast this morning. As you can tell by the chalkboard, we all have much to be thankful for this year!  Even Frozen made the list... ha.  Shocker.



Speaking of Frozen, Little B was invited to a Frozen birthday party.  The whole party was so cute with little 5 and 6 year olds dressed up in their princess finest.  And then when both Anna and Elsa walked in, the cuteness exploded.  The sweet girls were in such awe and so excited and speechless all at once.  I love this age where they still hold such beautiful innocence and believe in all things magical.  Stay this age forever, Little B!



My Cabin Christmas decor is slowly starting to roll out.  Makes me so happy!



 On Wednesday, I was busy all day making pies and chopping vegetables.  At one point, I noticed that the house got crazy quiet.  And as I am sure you other mamas know, crazy quiet usually means trouble. So imagine my surprise when I walking into this sweet scene of sisters quietly taking turns reading books to one another. Be still my heart!  I hope they are always this close. I never had a sister so I am always in awe of sweet sisterly moments like these. 


In honor of the busiest shopping weekend of the year, I am offering 10% off all items in my Etsy Shop. Just use code THANKFUL10 at checkout.

Red & Gold Deer Ornament/Place Setting :: 1 - $9/Set of 4 - $35
Red Burlap Snowflake Wreath :: starts at $35
Buffalo Plaid Burlap Wreath :: starts at $35
Red & Black Plaid Burlap Wreath :: starts at $35

And there are lots more goodies in the shop, many of which are READY TO SHIP.

Happy weekend ya'll!  Make it a great one.

Andrea, Erika, Narci


.....just a few happenings from the past week...

seeing: the trees bursting with the reds, golds, greens, and browns of the season.  Every day when we walk Little B to school, it looks like we are walking through a gorgeous movie with the leaves delicately falling all around us and the winds whistling through the tree tops.

prepping: we are hosting Thanksgiving this year.  I feel pretty organized and ready for the big day.  Table decor has been finalized, menu has been planned and groceries purchased.  We are ready!

missing: peaches. The ultimate summer fruit.    

waiting: December 18.  David finishes his LAST CLASS EVER in his Masters program.  It is Little B's last day of school.  My Etsy shop will take a break for the holidays. And we have family coming in to stay with us. It is going to be so great to focus on my people and just soak them in. 

celebrating: see above.  Seriously, December 18th is going to be epic. 

feeling: so excited for Thanksgiving! It kicks off the holiday season. I love watching the parade in my PJs with coffee in hand and I'm really a big fan of all the Thanksgiving eats.
black fridaying: I hate shopping, especially in stores with crowds. If I do any shopping, it is online with a focused in-and-out mentality. Kind of ironic considering that I work in eCommerce and have many times had to work on Black Friday.  But this year, I will be enjoying the fact that I am not on the eCommerce front-lines and will be able to spend the day snuggled up with my family and friends watching football and Finding Nemo for the 367th time. It is supposed to be storming and chilly here.  But if the weather were to be nicer, I would be taking REI's #optoutside challenge and spending some time outdoors taking the girls on a hike.  Love REI.

eating: too many Pumpkin Spice Donuts.  So delicious.  Coffee + Donut = perfect morning.

reading: Just finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell on audio.  Loved that. I find that I am still thinking about it even though it has been a week since I finished it. Now I am listening to At The Waters Edge by Sara Gruen.  I'm liking it so far.  It pulls you in quickly and the narrator is good. As far as reading (not listening) to a book, I have no time for that right now with the Etsy shop in full holiday swing of fulfilling orders.  Maybe in January.

watching: we just finished watching The Fall on Netflix.  Oh my goodness!  It is so good.  The main actors are Gillian Anderson (X Files) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey). I can not wait for Season 3 to come out.  Now we are watching The Man in High Castle on Amazon, which is also fantastic.  The story is based on the premise of Nazi Germany winning WWII and therefore the US is occupied and run by the Nazis and Japanese.  It is intense and thought provoking.

harvesting: pecans.  We have a huge pecan tree in our backyard and it just spitting out pecans everywhere.  The trick is getting them before the squirrels do.

cursing: allergies.  Sometimes I feel like I could solve world peace if I could just get out of my allergy brain fog.

loving: watching my girls play together. At 2 and 6 years old, I feel like my girls have finally hit their stride where they can play happily and safely without too much mama intervention.  It is so fun to see how their little personalities interact with one another. Singing, dancing, laughing, twirling.  How are these tiny people so loud and noisy?

appreciating: all my Etsy shop customers.  I have met some of the nicest people through orders that have come through.  And it seems like there is a great story with each order - a special wedding gift going to someone that finally found love after waiting for so long.  A woman excited about hosting her first Thanksgiving. And lots of orders are being sent on to loved ones in the military.  There is just so much love and joy.  And in times like these, I feel so humbled that something that little ol' me can do to support that love.  I can't really describe the feeling, but it is good.