Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla ice cream

I cook almost everything from scratch. I don’t always follow recipes. But, I will never be a good blogger. Not because I can’t cook, but I am terrible at taking pictures of food I am going to eat. Usually I’m also too excited to plate food nicely. I just want to eat!

With little kids,  I just want warm food.

I  am going to make a better effort to take pictures. Some of the stuff I make is pretty delicious, so I think you should make it too.

Pumpkin pie 

Crisco pie crust

1 cup flour

1/2 cup Crisco

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup cold water


1 Can pumpkin puree

1/4 cup brown sugar

almost 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

3 tbs melted earth balance butter

Vanilla Ice cream

Cold Ice cream maker (I just leave mine in the freezer, cause you never know)

1 cold can coconut milk (again, always leave one in the fridge)

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 aquafaba (juice from a can of chickpeas)

2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees C

  1. Use pastry cutter, or two butter knives to cut crisco into flour and salt.  Do this until tiny balls or clumps form, the size of peas or smaller.
  2. Add cold water and mix with hands until a ball forms. Don’t attempt of get every little bit of flour, you’ll end up over working the dough.
  3. I roll my pie crust between two pieces of parchment, put in pie pan and throw in the fridge while I make the filling.
  4. Dump can of pumpkin into a bowl, add everything and mix. That’s it.
  5. For the ice cream, put your aquafab in a mixer with your whipping attachment. I whipped on high for about 8 minutes, or really fluffy.
  6. Meanwhile, In another bowel I mixed  the coconut milk, cinnamon and sugar
  7. Add your coconut milk mixture to the mixture and continue to beat on high for another 4 minutes.
  8. In the last 10 seconds or so of mixing at your vanilla.
  9. Pour into your ice cream maker, and wait patiently
  10. Bake your pie for 15-18 minutes, or crust is golden on edges.


All this is in direct relation with my last minute interest based unit study on Pumpkins. We checked out a lot of pumpkin books from the library. The girls favorites are

The pumpkin book

Pumpkin Light

We also did a pumpkin observation, went to the farmers market and got many different pumpkins, and carved one and gave the insides to our chickens and duck.

This is our first year not having pumpkins here at home, I probably wont do a patch with my girls, just because I can’t justify spending $20 on a pumpkin when I can get many pumpkins for $5. My only project for myself on the farm next year is the garden, so next year we will have pumpkins! If they love pumpkins again next fall, maybe we will build a catapult (cause that is totally science)

Also, if you have any chicken lovers at your house, the Minerva Louise books are a must. All the holiday ones are adorable. We have read the Halloween one almost every day since the 1st of September.



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