Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Chiffon Pie (Gluten-Free)

Straight-up pumpkin pie can be a little tough for me to love, even though I love pumpkin-flavored goodies. I think it’s a texture thing. But …pumpkin chiffon pie is perfectly love-able with its light and fluffy mousse-like creaminess. Whipped cream and beaten egg whites folded into the pumpkin custard make all the difference. In fact, it’s so light, you can easily eat more than you should!

Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Chiffon Pie – Gluten-Free

This one has a gluten-free crust, which is as delicious as can be. We used our favorite oil-based heirloom crust (a bit like a shortbread crust) and made it gluten-free using a combination of paleo gluten-free baking flour and almond flour. The result is a perfectly crisp crust that crumbles into the pumpkin filling with every bite!  But, if you are not in need of a gluten-free crust, simply substitute 2 cups of all-purpose flour for the Paleo baking flour and the almond flour. You will need much less all-purpose flour!

Light and Fluffy (Gluten-free) Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

We also use pasteurized egg whites in place of fresh egg whites … just to be on the safe side! Mousse of any flavor is so delicious and has such a lovely texture. I really love it, but I am always a little bit leery of raw egg whites, so I opt for the egg whites in the carton for the meringue.
Note: when we make this crust with regular all-purpose flour, it only requires 2 cups of flour, but due to the nature of the gluten-free baking flour and the super-fine almond, you need more of these flours. So don't be surprised that you only use 2 cups of all-purpose flour for the crust, whereas you used much more with the almond flour and gluten-free flour.


  • 1 recipe Emily Stewart’s Pie Crust -regular or gluten-free (recipe below)
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree or fresh cooked and pureed
  • 2 lightly beaten egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites use pasteurized egg whites in the carton
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream whipped to stiff peaks.
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Gluten-free Almond Pie Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour or your favorite gluten-free baking flour
  • 1 1/2 cups super-fine almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk


Light and Fluffy (Gluten-free) Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

  • Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and gelatin in a saucepan stir in milk, beaten egg yolks, and pumpkin.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat just until the mixture comes to a boil and gelatin is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator until partially set. 
  • Meanwhile, beat egg whites until soft peaks. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks.
  • Fold into cooled pumpkin mixture and fold in the whipped cream.
  • Pour into baked pie shell and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish top with toasted sliced almonds and whipped.

Gluten-free Almond Pie Crust

  • Place all dries in a mixing bowl. Mix oil and milk together and blend with a fork.
  • Add to dries and mix well. Pat this mixture into a greased or sprayed 9-inch pie dish to form a crust across the entire bottom and up the sides. With a fork, poke holes in the bottom and sides of the crust to prevent it from bubbling up.
  • Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack. 


*If you plan to make a regular crust that is not gluten-free, omit both the Paleo baking flour and the almond flour and use 2 cups of all-purpose flour. You do not need as much regular flour to make this crust, so don’t be alarmed if the quantities of dries don’t add up!)

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