HPLC Protein Pumpkin Pie recipe: 69g protein
his is one of our time-tested recipes at High Protein Low Crap. We’ve been making it for years and it’s always a hit. Even people who aren’t on the protein train will eat it, and are amazed that it’s so healthy and packed with protein. All you need is a 9″ circular pie pan.
1 can (15oz) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin (or any PURE canned pumpkin – not “pumpkin pie mix”!)
1 cup egg whites
1.5 scoops Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract (real or fake – it’s up to your wallet and taste.)
1 tsp dried cinnamon powder or fresh-grated cinnamon stick
1 tsp dried nutmeg powder or fresh grated nutmeg
12 packets Truvia stevia-based sweetener (or 12 Splenda packets.)
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Spray your pie pan with some PAM or a dab of vegetable oil on a paper towel. This keeps the pie from sticking.
Mix all of the ingredients in a big bowl with a regular spatula, and then dump them into the pie pan. Take your time, and don’t be afraid to taste the raw mix if you’re waiting for the oven to heat up. Commercially-produced egg whites are usually pasteurized and homogenized to kill bacteria, so unless you’re separating egg whites from eggs still in the shell, there’s no salmonella to worry about!
When your oven hits 350 degrees, set the pan in there LIGHTLY and remove it GENTLY after exactly 32 minutes of baking. I’ve experimented with the timing, and this seems to be the optimum length of time to create a light, fluffy texture while still browning the top slightly for a great taste. If you’re rough with the pan when you take it out of the oven, you may see it deflate – this is what we’re trying to avoid. It’s not as fussy as a souffle, but the airier and puffier it is, the better the texture will be.
This is GREAT paired with turkey or chicken, which, of course, is another staple of the high-protein lifestyle.
It’s good hot, but throw it in the fridge overnight & it tastes AMAZING.
NUTRITION FACTS: The whole pie has 440 calories, 69g protein, 3.3g fat, 39g carbohydrates (mostly fiber!)
If you only eat 1/4 of it: 110 calories, 17g protein, 0.8g fat, 10g carbs.
But, look… go ahead and try to just eat 1/4 of this. You can try if you want. But you’ll be back for another piece, and you’ll go back a third time and just eat the other half right out of the pan. It’s not full of trans-fat and sugar, so why not? Get your protein up.