Prot: 15g, Carbs: 11g, Fat: 15g, Cal: 240
The perfect protein treat for your Thanksgiving gatherings: Mini Protein Pumpkin Pies!
Another idea inspired by Pinterest, these Mini Protein Pumpkin Pies make a great healthy dessert for holiday parties. No plate or fork needed to enjoy this protein treat!
Since I wanted a pie crust that was lighter in color than the one I usually use, I tried mixing almond meal, coconut oil, egg whites, and vanilla Plnt protein powder (pea protein blend). It came great! This crust holds together a bit better than my other recipe, too. If you’d like to make a vegan version, I think flax eggs would certainly work!
For the filling, I used the same as with my Pumpkin Protein Pie, except that I lessened the water just a bit. It turned out to be just the right amount to fill the 12 mini pies! I used vanilla NutriWhey protein powder in the pie filling. It has white chocolate curls in it! But of course, any vanilla whey would work. For a vegan version, you might try adding a little vanilla Plnt or other pea blend, but not quite as much as the whey. Although the Plnt protein is a very fine powder, I think too much of any vegan protein would compete with the smoothness you’d want in a pie filling.
I used these fall cookie cutter/stampers for the crust cut-outs, and they worked very well! It was my first time using cutters that have a spring-loaded mechanism to push the dough out after stamping. Love it!
Enjoy these Mini Protein Pumpkin Pies, and have a very happy thanksgiving! :)
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- Serving size: 1 mini pie
- Calories: 240
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Sugar: 3g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 15g
- 2¼ cups almond meal (280g)
- ¾ cups vanilla Plnt protein powder (pea protein blend) (84g)
- 4 large egg whites (132g) *save one of the yolks
- 1½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted (21g)
- 1 can pumpkin (15oz)
- 2 large eggs (whole)
- ½ cup natural vanilla whey protein powder or Whey Protein For Baking (50g)
- ⅔ cup water (5.3 oz, 160ml)
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- yolk of one large egg (you'll use half)
- Mix almond meal and pea protein in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix egg whites and coconut oil. Add to large bowl.
- Mix to combine, using your hands if necessary. (If it is too dry, add a little more egg white.)
- Preheat oven to 325F (163C).
- Roll out crust dough on a sheet of parchment paper, and cut (with a cookie cutter or top of a small bowl) 12 circles of about 4" diameter. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, cover the dough with plastic wrap or another sheet of parchment, and roll. Use remaining crust dough to make the 12 crust cookies. Set the crust cookies aside, and cover with plastic wrap.
- Place the circles into muffin tin. Press into each cavity. The dough may break, but that's okay. Press it back together with your fingers.
- Mix together pumpkin and eggs.
- Separately, mix whey and water. Add to pumpkin and eggs. Mix well.
- Add pumpkin spice and salt. Mix well.
- Spoon or pour pie filling into each crust.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, then (after adding crust cookies) for 8-10 minutes more.
- To prepare crust cookies, beat the egg yolk and brush a thin layer on each cookie. This gives them a nice shine, and prevents them from looking dry.
- Place one on each mini pie, and continue to bake.
- Remove from oven, and let cool. They may look puffy when removed from oven, but will settle once cooled.
- Enjoy! Store in the refrigerator.
A note about substitutions: because each type of protein powder has a distinct flavor and texture when baked, I would only recommend vegan powders (pea, rice) in the crust. In the pie filling, whey would be the best, but you could also add a smaller amount of pea protein (or a blend) or casein. For egg-free versions, flax eggs should work for the egg whites and eggs in the crust and filling. For the glaze, I would use coconut oil. See my Recipe Basics video to learn what goes wrong when you use the wrong protein powder.
If you prefer a sweeter pie, add your favorite natural sweetener to the fie filling.