Crustless Butternut Squash Pie


Thanksgiving is just over one week away and I’m sure many of you are thinking about your dinner menu. Dessert is always a part of Thanksgiving dinner and most often, it’s pumpkin pie. As much as I love pumpkin pie, I think I adore butternut squash pie even more. It yields a bit more flavor and is just as easy to prepare.

In this recipe, however, there is no crust and the pie forms a little bit of its own crust. Now, I have nothing against crust and appreciate a good (grain-free) one, but when it comes to pumpkin pie (or butternut squash), I’m all about the filling! If you’re set on having it though, you can use this recipe with a crust. I think a nut crust with ground pecans and hazelnuts would be especially delicious.

UPDATE: watch the replay of me making this recipe on KATU Afternoon Live on November 15, 2017. Visit HERE to watch!

For the butternut squash puree (same for pumpkin):

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butternut squash (about a 2-2.5 lb squash) in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place flesh side down on a baking pan and add about 1/4-inch of water or so. Bake for 60 minutes in the oven or until flesh is soft.
  2. Allow to cool and then scoop the flesh out of the skin and place into a food processor. Process until completely smooth — you don’t want any lumps!
  3. Then, place in a fine mesh colander/strainer (line with cheesecloth if it’s not fine enough) and drain overnight in the refrigerator (obviously, you’ll place a bowl underneath the strainer to catch the liquid). Ta-da, beautiful and perfect squash puree!



  • 2 cups canned or fresh butternut squash puree (see steps above for fresh)
  • 2 eggs, preferably pasture-raised
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3/4 cup pure coconut cream (I use this brand) OR full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee, melted, plus extra for greasing the pie dish
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch pie dish with a little butter and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add all the ingredients. Process until smooth with a hand mixer or the stand mixer. Scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula and process again.
  3. Once smooth and blended, pour the mixture into the greased pie dish.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes in the preheated oven. Once done, allow to cool completely before serving.
  5. Cut into desired size slices and serve with homemade coconut milk whipped cream, if desired. Or, if tolerated, serve with homemade dairy-based whipped cream.
  6. Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator.

34 thoughts on “Crustless Butternut Squash Pie

  1. Megan November 18, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    Um YUM. I just sent this to my Mom and asked her if we can make it when I am home next week! I don’t bake and I am going to stay with them for 10 days so I don’t want to make anything for at home. That looks SO GOOD though. You are so creative!

    • paleoinpdx November 18, 2013 / 7:33 pm

      Awesome, I hope you two do make it together! It is so delicious and hopefully, you’ll think so too 😉 Thanks for your kind words, lady!

  2. Shonnie November 18, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    looks super good and one of my faves. 😀

  3. Paula November 18, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    This looks pretty incredible…I might have try it before Thanksgiving! I love the way the top looks–all those little cracks. I don’t have butternut but I just picked up 3 buttercups and I think it would be just as delicious. They don’t seem quite as watery as butternut

    • paleoinpdx November 18, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      I love the way the cracks look too — very rustic! I’m sure buttercup squash would make a great pie and yes, it is less watery, so you probably can skip the draining step. Let me know how it turns out! I may have to try it with buttercup as well.

  4. Naz (@CinnamonEats) November 19, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Thanks giving or not I definitely want to try this delicious looking pie! I’ll just pretend I’m celebrating by eating this 😉

    • paleoinpdx November 20, 2013 / 3:02 pm

      Thanksgiving or not, you should make it! It’s spectacular and eat it to celebrate life!

  5. Paula November 20, 2013 / 5:51 am

    Step aside pumpkin..there’s a new pie in town!! I made this last night and just had some for breakfast. Oh sooo good. I had about 1 cup of cooked buttercup squash so I halved the recipe and baked it in a cute little tart pan. I didn’t drain the buttercup–it seemed dry enough and it all worked out perfectly. I’ll make a bigger one next week–love this recipe!!

    • paleoinpdx November 20, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      Love this, Paula! Your little pie must have been so cute and I actually love the idea of a baby pie. I’m going to have to try it with buttercup — it is my favorite afterall. It’s great that you can skip the draining step too — now waiting overnight! Hopefully I can find a buttercup squash right now. I’m noticing that they’re getting harder to find in the store, but others are still readily available.

  6. Alissa November 20, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    Yum!!! I’ve been planning on making a butternut squash pie as well. So glad you posted a recipe. Looks divine.

    • paleoinpdx November 21, 2013 / 11:46 am

      Can’t wait to see your recipe! I’m sure it will be delicious. Thanks for your kind words, Alissa!

  7. Crunchy Hot Mama November 19, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    Brilliant! I must make this with my ginormous butternut squash I just got in my co-op bin-it looks divine 😉


    • paleoinpdx November 19, 2014 / 6:31 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! It is incredible! I’ll be making it again this year too 🙂

  8. Virginia January 24, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    Its not clear if coconut cream should be part of the mix in the bowl, or its only for the whipped cream at the end?

    • paleoinpdx January 24, 2015 / 2:36 pm

      It says in step #2, add ALL the ingredients.

      • Virginia January 25, 2015 / 5:16 am

        Thanks,just making sure! I’ll let you know how it comes out.

      • paleoinpdx January 25, 2015 / 6:13 am

        Hope you like it, Virginia! It’s one of my favorite recipes on my blog 🙂

      • Virginia February 2, 2015 / 4:44 pm

        It’s amazing, like a deliciously thought out pudding pie!!! Thanks for the recipe 😃

      • paleoinpdx February 3, 2015 / 9:30 pm

        Glad you like it! Thanks, Virginia!

    • paleoinpdx October 14, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      I’m happy to hear it! This pie recipe is definitely a fall favorite of mine (and my husband’s) and it warms my heart to hear of others enjoying it too 🙂

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