Let me start off by saying, this pie is delicious. Really, really delicious. Surprisingly delicious. After one taste, I sat there and finished off the entire slice before I was even finished photographing it! But before I go on any further, there’s something you should know about this pie. Here’s an email I recently received from a very, very sweet reader:

Amy,  I’m one of your faithful followers and would like to make a request of you.  We just recently found out that my dad is suffering from Multiple Myeloma (a cancer of the blood) and one of the side effects is diabetes.  My dad loves his sweets and it’s been a little hard for him to make such a drastic adjustment to his diet. I would like to make him a tasty dessert that he would not believe was diabetic friendly.  So now my request; sometime in the future could you post a diabetic recipe that I could make for my dad?  I know that I can probably find literally thousands of recipes on the internet, but they wouldn’t have the thought and love put into them.  Plus, if you make it and post it I know it will be AWESOME! Thanks so much for all the care you put into your blog.  You are a very special person.  Thanks again, Sheila

After reading Sheila’s touching email, there was absolutely NO way I was going to disappoint her. I immediately set out to find the most delicious, satisfying, ‘never-know-it’s-sugar-free’ recipe. That’s right. This pie is diabetic-friendly. And I am proud to say….YOU’D NEVER KNOW IT. After getting Sheila’s email, I emailed my Aunt Josie and got her best sugar-free recipe. My cousin Travis has diabetes, so Aunt Josie is a rockstar when it comes to flavorful, sugar-free cooking/baking. This pie is her favorite and now I can see why! It’s super easy, takes literally no time to put together and the pumpkin and spices really shine! What a crowd-pleaser! And just in time for Thanksgiving! So Sheila, I really hope your dad enjoys this pie…I sure enjoyed making it for you!

No-Bake Turtle Pumpkin Pie
-my Aunt Josie’s recipe

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar free caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 graham cracker pie crust
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pecan pieces, divided
1 cup cold 1% milk
2 packages (4-serving size) vanilla sugar-free, fat-free instant pudding
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tub (8 ounce) light whipped topping, thawed, divided

Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans.
Beat milk, pudding mixes, pumpkin, and spices with whisk until blended. Gently fold in 1 1/2 cup whipped topping. Spread into crust.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Top with remaining whipped topping and 2 tablespoons pecans. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons caramel topping.

Nutritional analysis: (per one slice)
Calories – 165
Fiber – 2.7
Protein – 2
Total fat – 7
Carbohydrate – 23

**Josie notes that this pie is still a little high in carbs. So you might not want to go crazy and eat the whole thing yourself. ;)

Mmm, just look at all that caramel oozing out…..*drool* Sheila, I sincerely hope this recipe makes your dad happy! And thank you for challenging me to try something outside of my comfort zone. I’m proud to say this is my very first diabetic-friendly recipe on Sing For Your Supper; hopefully there will be many more to come! Happy baking!

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  1. You are torturing me with these pictures!! I have to make this ASAP!!

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    Comment by Steph@stephsbitebybite — November 5, 2010 @ 5:10 PM

  2. Wowzers, really?? This looks marvelous!

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    Comment by Noelle — November 5, 2010 @ 5:12 PM

  3. It looks amazing!!!!! I like it!!

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    Comment by Ingrid — November 5, 2010 @ 5:45 PM

  4. Amy, first of all you are an amazing person. Sheila’s email to you maid me sad yes, but I actually teared up at knowing that you did this favor for her out of the goodness of your heart. People like you are a true blessing :)

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    Comment by Alyson — November 5, 2010 @ 5:48 PM

  5. This looks like an amazing pie. So sweet of you to post this for her.

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    Comment by Barbara Bakes — November 5, 2010 @ 9:48 PM

  6. This looks to.die.for!! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Comment by jenny@boxandb — November 6, 2010 @ 7:00 AM

  7. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it :)

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    Comment by Heather — November 6, 2010 @ 7:46 AM

  8. This looks so amazing and I love pumpkin pie using pudding mix. I’ve got to try it with that sugar-free topping, swirled on top.

    Two good options to drop the carbs further: make a nut crust or use filo pastry to make a much thinner, more delicate crust.

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    Comment by Marti — November 6, 2010 @ 8:49 AM

  9. Amy I knew you would come up with a fabulous recipe, but this surpasses my expectations! We are having my 50th Birthday Bash this Saturday and my sister requested I make a turkey dinner for her. I know! Who’s birthday is it now? ; ) I was worried because, of course, we are going to have the traditional desserts that my dad loves but wouldn’t be able to eat. Now I’ll be able to WOW him with a dessert he can eat and will be so delicious that he will think he is cheating! You are the greatest and I appreciate you more than you know!

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    amy Reply:

    Thank you ALL for your sweet comments! Sheila- it was MY pleasure! I really hope your dad enjoys this- let me know how the party turns out! Happy 50th birthday, too!!!! :)

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    Comment by Sheila Craft Freeman — November 6, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

  10. Amy – you are so sweet for making this for Sheila. It looks awesome.

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    Comment by Eliana — November 6, 2010 @ 11:07 AM

  11. This pie looks sooooo yummy. I love Turtle anything. I think it’s because I’m such a caramel freak. Thanks for sharing.

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    Comment by Jennifer — November 6, 2010 @ 1:49 PM

  12. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing, I think I may make this for Thanksgiving!

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    amy Reply:

    I hope you do, Katie! It really is delicious! Let me know how you like it!

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    Comment by Katie — November 6, 2010 @ 1:51 PM

  13. This looks wonderful, and you know that I can really appreciate it! Thank you,Love

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    amy Reply:

    I thought of you, Nana!! I’d be happy to make this for you at Thanksgiving or any time! :)

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    Comment by nana — November 6, 2010 @ 5:01 PM

  14. that totally does not look sugar free – wow! what a great post :)

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    Comment by Jaime — November 6, 2010 @ 10:40 PM

  15. This looks and sounds amazing. I just wrote down the recipe and I can’t wait to try it.

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    Comment by Jenn@eatcakefordinner — November 6, 2010 @ 11:13 PM

  16. Great looking pie. Perfect Photo!

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    Comment by tobias cooks! — November 7, 2010 @ 6:31 AM

  17. The pie looks amazing!! And I just want to say that I think it is awesome that you helped this woman out and made something diabetic friendly!! My thoughts and prayers go out to Sheila and her family!!!

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    Comment by pup — November 7, 2010 @ 10:36 AM

  18. I am a diabetic.
    I love baked goods..but not crazy about baked Splenda.
    You have made my week!!!

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I refuse to buy a diabetic cookbook so I just grab a recipe when I see one.

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    ouizee Reply:

    Have you tried Truvia for baking? It seems to be almost too sweet (that is VERY rare for me to say that too). I’ve not baked with it yet, but have used it for other things (hot tea etc). Splenda beats the heck out of equal and especially saccahrin!

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    Comment by Katrina@Katrina Runs for Food — November 8, 2010 @ 2:51 PM

  19. You are so sweet Amy! What a fantastic treat for Sheila to make her dad. I’m sure they’ll be thrilled :)

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    Comment by Tracey — November 8, 2010 @ 7:15 PM

  20. I’m definitely making this for Thanksgiving! It looks amazing!

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    Comment by Patty — November 9, 2010 @ 6:12 AM

  21. My Dad was very recently diagnosed with the same disease as Amy’s. I don’t know how to contact her but wanted to send her a hug. Could you do that for me? Thanks

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    amy Reply:

    ‘Nuts’- I’m so sorry about you dad! I’m sure Sheila appreciates your sweet comment! My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you ladies and your dads.

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    Comment by Nuts about Food — November 9, 2010 @ 6:25 AM

  22. I’m sorry, I wrote your name instead of Sheila!

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    Comment by Nuts about Food — November 9, 2010 @ 6:26 AM

  23. thank you for this! my mom was diagnosed with diabetes last year and she has been miserable without sweets and was not looking forward to a pie-less thanksgiving! but now i can make her something awesome :D

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    ouizee Reply:

    There is a recipe approved by the Heart Association that would probably work for diabetics. Take a cake mix (get a sugar reduced or diabetic one), 1 can of diet soda…if you use a white mix use sprite or 7 Up; if you use a dark mix use coke, pepsi or RC; if you use a spice cake you might try ginger ale or something of that sort. Orange cake mix; orange soda. Mix the 2 together and bake according to temp and time on the cake mix box. When you take it out, top it off with sugar free cool whip or something of that sort…or sugar free canned fruits of some sort. I’ve made this many times (before I was diagnosed as also being diabetic), and you can’t tell the difference between the regular way of making the cake mix and this (of course I used regular mix and regular soda at that time).

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    Comment by nimil — November 24, 2010 @ 8:39 AM

  24. […] bit better. so i’ll actually be able to taste the damn food. mom is going to assist me in making this pie that lucas found for me when we were looking for a pumpkin pie mom could eat (she’s […]

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  25. I made this today. Followed the recipe to the letter. It was a huge hit!!! None of my tribe even likes pumkin pie, I just knew it would be good. There is just a tiny bit left. Thanks SO much for sharing

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    amy Reply:

    Thunja- I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed this! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Comment by thunja — November 25, 2010 @ 8:19 PM

  26. Please let me know how many slices to cut it into, we count carbs for my diabetic child and he would love this. thanks,

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    amy Reply:

    12 slices

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    Comment by tina vigar — October 23, 2011 @ 7:21 PM

  27. […] to add: I just discovered that the lovely Amy of Sing for Your Supper has an almost identical pie on her blog…great minds think […]

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  28. This looks tasty! I can’t wait to try it. A recipe that I have adapted to make for my Type 2 diabetic FIL and father is the following, using splenda or stevia, and making my own crust sugar free wafers, a little more splenda and butter. If you don’t mind the artificial sweeteners, it really keeps the carbs lower.

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/no-bake-peanut-butter-pie/detail.aspx

    I did not tell anyone that i used splenda until after they finished it and EVERYONE loved it, saying they couldn’t even tell.

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    Comment by eskmom — March 10, 2012 @ 3:31 PM

  29. Thank you so much!!! I too am going through a similar situation. My father just found out 2 days ago that he is diabetic and his birthday is in 3 days. So I had no clue what I was going to do for his birthday because he is hating how he is having to give up everything he loves.

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    Comment by Nakita — October 4, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

  30. This looks fantastic! I was wondering, Would it be possible to make this the day before thanksgiving or would it get yucky? I also have about a 40 minute drive to my parents. yay or nay?

    Thanks!

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    amy Reply:

    Thank you! I’m thinking it would be ok overnight!

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    Comment by Kay — November 12, 2012 @ 9:57 PM

  31. Love the looks of this dessert! Do you think I could substitute with a non-dairy milk like soy or almond milk? I’m looking for a dessert to make for Thanksgiving that will satisfy everyone’s dietary restrictions. Thanks!

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    amy Reply:

    Sure! I frequently use lactose-free milk and it works great!

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    Comment by Heather — November 18, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

  32. Thanks for sharing this dessert! I am a T-2 Diabetic as well and I am obsessed with dessert items! This looks fantastic and will definately be trying this and letting you know how it turns out! Thanks for posting!!!

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    Comment by John — April 21, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

  33. This looks delicious and I was just telling my sister I wanted a dessert this holiday season that I can actually eat along with everyone else! This is it!!! Thank you for helping Sheila with her request, and ending up helping lots of other folks who can’t have the sugar, but miss the sweets!

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    Comment by Jodi — September 7, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

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