Pumpkin Custard with Hazelnut Pecan Date Crumble

Recipe by: Lisa Markley, MS, RDN

Pumpkin Custard with Hazelnut Pecan Date Crumble

This recipe gives you all of the flavors of pumpkin pie without the fuss of making a crust. Perfectly portioned and easy to make, it would be a shame if you reserved this nourishing sweet treat solely for Thanksgiving.

Servings: 6


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter or raw cashews, soaked 4 hours, then drained
  • 1-2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp ground pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place all of the custard ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth and well mixed.
  3. Pour mixture evenly into six 6-ounce (¾ cup) custard cups. Place custard cups in a large baking dish. Pour boiling water into baking dish around custard cups to a depth of 1 inch. Place baking dish on oven rack in the center of the oven.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until centers are almost set. Carefully remove custard cups from baking dish and cool on wire rack.
  5. To make the crumble, place pecans, hazelnuts, dates, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and process until nuts are finely chopped and incorporated with the dates to create a sticky, granular consistency. Crumble on top of custard cups.

Recipe Notes

Cook’s notes: If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, use 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon dried ground ginger.

Labels: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo