December 8, 2021

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This Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie Is Like Fall on a Plate

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This gluten-free sweet potato tart is guaranteed to be a hit at your quarantine Thanksgiving.

There are some dishes that tend to be considered classic Thanksgiving fare, like roast turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pie. But if you have specific health or dietary restrictions, sometimes those classics are a bit harder to recreate with swaps and substitutions unless you’re a pro…which is why we enlisted one to share a gluten-free sweet potato pie in the latest episode of our show Alt-Baking Bootcamp.

Host—baker and fitness instructor Sashah Handal—makes her dish with some key swaps and upgrades. “So the really exciting part about this recipe is the Japanese sweet potato that we’re going to use,” Handel says, which are a beautiful bright purple rather than the yellow-orange variety commonly found in the U.S. “I love Japanese sweet potatoes because they are rich in antioxidants, full of fiber, and they add a beautiful color and a rich flavor to any dish that uses them,” she adds. “The richness in color adds this really deep flavor. So imagine sweet potato times one thousand.”

To make the crust gluten-free (and thus suitable for folks with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance), Handal replaces all-purpose wheat flour with a blend of almond flour, dates, cashews, and pecans. She uses coconut oil and honey as the fat and sweetener that help bind the dry ingredients together. In the filling, she uses the aforementioned sweet potatoes, coconut cream, dates, and maple syrup. (Oh, we’re getting almost all of our favorite sugar substitutes in here.) The result: a sweet dessert that will be gentler on your blood sugar levels thanks to lower-GI sweeteners paired with fiber in the sweet potatoes.

As an added bonus, you can choose your own adventure with this tart, as it can be finished by chilling it in the refrigerator or baking it in the oven. Handal bakes hers in the video, and the result is a delicious, gluten-free sweet potato pie (or tart, depending on your POV) that’s incredibly beautiful thanks to the color of the purple sweet potatoes. Watch the video to get the full recipe.

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