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tofu pumpkin pie

fall is here.
it's obvious-- from the weather to the changing leaves to the crop of non-rerun television shows.

and then, of course, to the grocery store produce section.
the pomegranates have arrived. the apples look wonderful. squash lie around in abundance.
and, of course, there is no better time to enjoy the wonderful, autumn-appropriate flavor of pumpkin pie.

if you know me or my cooking style at all, i never can seem to just leave well enough alone. i enjoy finding ways to make things more healthy, or perhaps just slightly more interesting. so when i came across the following recipe for pumpkin pie, i was sold on both counts.

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tofu pumpkin pie
adapted from morinu.com

* 18 ounces lite extra-firm tofu
* 2 cups canned (or cooked) pumpkin
* 2/3 cup honey
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1 9" reduced-fat prepared graham cracker crust

1) preheat oven to 350°
2) drain tofu. place in a food processor and process until smooth
3) add remaining ingredients. process until well-blended
4) pour into pie crust. bake for about an hour
5) remove from oven and chill until firm

this pie is ridiculously easy to make (especially when using a store-bought crust). throw everything into a food processor and . . . you're pretty much done. it's even easier if you choose to use 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual spices listed above. i went with the individual ones and i have to admit, something seemed slightly off. if i make this again in the future, i will probably make sure to have the pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice on hand first.
aside from that, i thought this pie was very pleasant. i ate it with vanilla goat milk ice cream (the best ice cream i have come across to date). the combination was wonderful. the pie on its own was very tasty-- forget flour and sugar and evaporated milk or whatever ingredients a normal pumpkin pie will generally include. tofu and honey are apparently all you need to produce a nicely-textured and delicious pumpkin pie dessert. this is dairy free and quite good for you, between the tofu and the pumpkin. i see no faults with this whatsoever, and would even consider serving it as the main pumpkin pie at thanksgiving.

t.g.i.f. - thank goodness it's fall!

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