One of my favorite things to do on my journey to health as you may have noticed is to find ways to enjoy my favorite recipes from childhood or special times in my life without the heavy carbs and processed sugars. This pie recipe is no different. It is inspired by a pie that I seen at bed and breakfast years ago that no doubt would have been delicious but full of the sugar I try to avoid. Though not exactly the same this version of a buttermilk pie is pretty close to what I remembered it being.
I am not sure what made me think of that pie a couple weeks back but as soon as I did I knew that I needed to try my hand at making one sugar free and low carb. I set out trying to find an old family recipe of buttermilk pie that I could play around. As you can see from the pictures I did find one in our family cookbooks and indeed had some success at converting this beautiful pie over to one we can enjoy without guilt! This is not an overly sweet pie so if you like really sweet you may want to adjust the amount of sweetener you use, but we thought it was just about right for our liking.
I know you may be wondering about how I made a low carb pie out of buttermilk but don’t fret because I found a way to get the texture and taste very close to a buttermilk pie without actually using buttermilk. The sour milk that is typically used in buttermilk pies can be a little to high in carbs for my perference but I get the same effect here by using heavy whipping cream with a tablespoon of white vinegar. A kitchen hack I have seen used in regular milk many times around the internet. When you add the vinegar to your cup of whipping ream it basically sours and thickens the cream. Basically changing it into a lower carb ‘mock buttermilk” and thus becoming the key ingredient of this pie. It may not sound appealing but the taste and texture of this pie will surely win you over. It is creamy and so rich that you will love it. Again, it may not be an exact replica but very close in my opinion.
I love coconut but my husband and son do not share the same enthusiasm with the “chewy stuff” (as my little guy calls) it so I will definitely be making this pie again soon and leaving it out for just a basic Low Carb Buttermilk Pie for those guys. After all they do put up with tasting all my creations ….good and BAD. Believe me when I say again, there have definitely been some bad! So I try to cater to them as often as I can to keep them happy and willing! If you don’t like coconut either you can omit it totally or perhaps add chopped nuts instead. I am sure it will be great either way.
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Coconut Buttermilk Pie (Low Carb, Gluten Free, THM Friendly)
Oven Temp: 350 Serves: 6-8
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp of Pyure or Truvia (see note below recipe)
- 1 stick of softened butter (not melted)
- 1 Tablespoon
- 5 large eggs
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla
- pinch of salt
*First stir in the vinegar with your heavy cream and let sit for 10 before mixing in your filling
Directions: To make your filling combine all the ingredients except the coconut in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until all the ingredients are incorporated and smooth. There should be no lumps. It is important to have your butter very soft so that it mixes in but DO NOT melt the butter and add it to the pie as the heat from the butter will scramble your egg mixture. That is a mess, trust me. Once your filling is smooth you can stir in your coconut flakes and add the mixture to your crust. Bake the pie in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until it is completely set. Oven temps vary so your baking time may also.
- 1/4 cup of Oat Fiber
- 1 1/4 cup of THM Baking Blend (or your low carb favorite mix)
- 3 Tablespoons of Pyure Sweetener
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 sticks of cubed cold butter
- 5-6 Tablespoons of cold water
**To Make the crust add in your dry ingredients into your food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Next on low speed dropped in your very cold cubed butter. Once you have mixed in all your butter start adding in your cold water one tablespoon at a time until the crust mixture starts to come together. Don’t add too much as your dough will become very wet and will be sticky and hard to roll out. As soon as it comes together and can be formed into a small flat disc. Wrap it tight in clear wrap and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. When chilled place it between two pieces of parchment paper and roll it out to fit your 9-10 inch pie plate. This crust can be temperamental so be patient when you are getting it into your pan. If it tears or rips don’t worry, just patch it up. The filling covers the imperfections.
Note: If you are using a different sweetener you can use this sweetener conversion chart on the Trim Healthy Mama website to determine the correct amount you need.