Low Carb Sugar Free “Buttermilk” Pie

Low Carb, Sugar Free "Buttermilk" Pie - Trim Healthy Mama friendly! from thecoersfamily.com

My sweet Nanny’s Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie is an absolute must in our house for the holidays. This past Thanksgiving I wanted the flavor of my grandmother’s pie, but without all the sugar and carbs. Buttermilk itself doesn’t have a ton of carbs, around 12 grams per cup – but you better believe your standard pie crust is jam packed with carbs, and all kinds of other things not good for a gal’s figure. Thank goodness I came across this fabulous Paleo Pie Crust recipe while I was cruising around on Mrs. Criddle’s site. To keep this pie as low carb as possible, I decided to use Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk – and I was very happy with the results!

We have a few diabetics in our family and I was very glad to have a healthy alternative for their Thanksgiving dessert. Carbohydrates can spike insulin levels just like sugar. I still made Nanny’s recipe for my kiddos to enjoy. While I whipped up the classic version, I also made this Trim Healthy Mama friendly version for myself and any relatives needing a healthier treat. I’m a THMer for life, y’all. I’ve lost over 50 pounds and I’m only 5 pounds away from my goal weight. I’m wearing a size 8 and creeping towards a size 6! I started Trim Healthy Mama wearing a size 16. I’ve never been this skinny in my adult life. So, you can bet your bottom I’m not messing around with my progress now! Not when it’s just too easy to tweak my favorite recipes into healthier, sugar free treats that keep me on track. I really think my Nanny would be proud of my new healthier lifestyle – and she’d love a slice of this pie. 

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A few things to note: I didn’t bake the pie crust as instructed, I kept it raw and filled it – then baked it. And, I wanted to recreate this recipe as closely to my Nanny’s recipe as possible so I used xylitol because it’s most like regular sugar as far as consistency goes. I haven’t tried to use any other sweeteners so I’m not sure how they will affect the final outcome. Nanny’s Buttermilk Pie uses two full cups of sugar (yowzers!) but I only needed 1 1/2 cups of xylitol. I probably could have even used 1 1/4 cups. If you’d like to try alternative sweeteners, I would suggest tasting and adjusting as you go. Here are some possible amounts to try:

  • Trim Healthy Mama Pure Stevia: Start with 1/8 tsp. + 2 doonks and work up from there, blend with butter and taste. It’s powerful stuff, so start with just a little and add more as needed.
  • Trim Healthy Mama Sweet Blend: start with 1/3 cup, blend with butter and taste. 2/3 to a full cup may be needed.
  • Truvia: 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons, or about 24 packets, blend with butter and taste – add more if needed. 

There’s a pretty handy little Trim Healthy Mama Sweetener Conversion Chart you can use. 

I don’t know what your house looks like just before Thanksgiving and Christmas – but I’m usually up to my ears baking and preparing… so my family gets pizza. They’re usually pretty happy about it.

Vivian enjoying pizza

And I have to apologize for these pictures. I try to stage things and be a little more presentable for y’all, but I was busy getting ready for our feast – so these aren’t my most beautiful pics. But it’s a dang good pie and I wanted to share the recipe as soon as I could. Ugly pictures, tasty pie. I think we can all live with that. 

(and I only ate the toppings off the pizza… I swear)

Sugar Free, Low Carb “Buttermilk” Pie – Trim Healthy Mama friendly!

Ingredients:

  • 1 uncooked Paleo Pie Crust
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups xylitol, or other chosen sweetener
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • dash of nutmeg

Prep Paleo Pie Crust according to directions, but don’t bake. Set aside to fill later. 

In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sweetener. I was making both versions of our buttermilk pie, the one on the left is regular sugar and butter, and the one on the right is butter and xylitol – very similar. 

making low carb sugar free buttermilk pie

Next, add three eggs and use a hand mixer to blend until smooth.

making low carb sugar free buttermilk pie

Next add 1 cup Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, salt, cream of tarter, and xanthan gum and blend until smooth.

making low carb sugar free buttermilk pie

Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and top with a dash of ground nutmeg.

low carb sugar free buttermilk pie

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, until beginning to brown on top and filling firms. 

low carb sugar free Trim Healthy Mama friendly buttermilk pie from thecoersfamily.com

Allow to cool, and then store in the refrigerator. Allow pie to set for at least two hours in the fridge, overnight is best. 

Low Carb Sugar Free Buttermilk Pie from thecoersfamily.com

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sugar free, low carb "Buttermilk" Pie
This low carb, sugar free version of an old fashioned buttermilk pie has all the great flavor of the original!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 uncooked Paleo Pie Crust
  2. 1 stick butter, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups xylitol, or other chosen sweetener
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 cup Greek yogurt
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  10. dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Prep Paleo Pie Crust according to directions, but don't bake. Set aside to fill later.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sweetener.
  3. Add three eggs and use a hand mixer to blend until smooth.
  4. Next add 1 cup Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, salt, cream of tarter, and xanthan gum and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and top with a dash of ground nutmeg.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, until beginning to brown on top and filling firms.
  7. Allow to cool, and then store in the refrigerator. Allow pie to set for at least two hours in the fridge, overnight is best.
Notes
  1. Paleo Pie Crust Recipe: http://elanaspantry.com/paleo-pie-crust
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16 thoughts on “Low Carb Sugar Free “Buttermilk” Pie

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  2. Joanne

    This pie looks delicious, especially with the almond flour pie crust.

  3. JenZ

    This looks delicious! One question though … how is the sweetness level on this pie? I made a low-carb/THM chocolate cream pie for Thanksgiving, and it called for 1 cup of xylitol, but it was so sweet that I couldn’t eat it. I snuck a bite of the regular chocolate pie that had 1/2 cup of sugar in it, and that was the right amount of sweetness for me. I’m wondering if I’d need to adjust this downward or if the tangier ingredients really do need that much more sweetener.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Amanda Coers

      This was pretty sweet – you might try starting with just 1/2 to one cup of xylitol.

      1. JenZ

        Thanks!

  4. Teresia

    Thank you! I am a buttermilk pie lover and kept thinking that I would do something about mine. I’m going to break down and get some birch xylitol to make this because the other doesn’t agree with me and I see that is going to be necessary for this to work. Thanks, again you’ve saved me from the humiliation of tellin’ my southern family that I was on a diet for life without buttermilk pie ;-).

    1. Amanda Coers

      We southern skinnies gotta stick together! <3

  5. Bea W

    Where’s the buttermilk?

    1. Amanda Coers

      We’re using Greek Yogurt instead of buttermilk in this pie – for the same flavor, but with less carbs.

      1. Bea W

        Thx for your reply. Sounds delish.

  6. Cathy

    I was so excited to try this recipe as my grandma also used to make a delicious buttermilk pie! My husband and I loved her recipe but since eating low carb I haven’t been making it. I made your recipe today and it looks just like the real thing. However, even though the “buttermilk” flavor was pretty good it was way way too sweet for us. I’m eager to try it again with less sweetener. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m sure we will all love it once we get the sweetness just right! 🙂

    1. Amanda Coers

      The sweetness is definitely a tricky and subjective element. I’d love to hear what works for you! 🙂

  7. Candy

    I love this pie!! It was rather sweet but I rebaked the inside of the pie with 1c cottage cheese, the eggs, vanilla, xantham gum and nutmeg blended in the blender and mixed with the pie filling. Great recipe!!

  8. Candy

    oh and the cream of tartar:)

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