Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan

This Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan recipe is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert solution if you have guests who are gluten free, nut free, and/or dairy free. This delicious Thanksgiving pumpkin recipe fits your needs, too, since it’s easy to make and serve/

This delicious gluten free pumpkin dessert has no crust or nuts to worry about. You can also make it a dairy free pumpkin dessert by using an alternative milk. Coconut milk would be the tastiest.

Serving this pumpkin flan recipe also makes planning the Thanksgiving meal a snap since you can make Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan up two three days ahead of time.

This Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan can be made dairy free. Click to try this easy pumpkin dessert recipe for Thanksgiving.

Finally, what I love about this Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin recipe is its fun presentation. You can find cute, colorful ramekins online or at any big discount store like Walmart. (Look for Pioneer Woman’s Flea Market Ramekins – great colors!) Making pumpkin flan in ramekins keeps your portions under control too, though I’d be tempted to have more than one. Wouldn’t you?

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan



  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Adjust oven rack to center position. Coat six 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins with canola oil cooking spray and set them on large baking dish with sides at least as deep as ramekins.
  2. In large bowl, beat eggs and egg white slightly. Add pumpkin purée, maple syrup, canola oil, vanilla extract, spices and salt. Beat well with mixer. Add hot milk until blended. There will be about 3 cups of flan mixture. Pour 1/2 cup mixture into each prepared ramekin.
  3. Carefully pour boiling water into baking pan around ramekins. Water should come up to level of custard inside ramekins.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until set around the edges but still soft in center. When center of flan is just set, it will jiggle a little when shaken. Remove baking dish from oven and immediately remove ramekins from water bath. Cool on wire rack until room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  5. Serve cold and garnish with ground nutmeg. This dessert can be made up to 3 days in advance. Keep refrigerated until serving.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Makes 6 servings
  • Serving size: 1 flan
  • Calories: 110
  • Calories from Fat: 40
  • Total Fat: 4.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 115mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg

Picture and recipe courtesy of CanolaInfo. Used with permission.

Originally published on November 23, 2010. Updated with new pictures and information.

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6 thoughts on “Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Flan

  1. Jennifer is Always Sick

    I know what you mean about trying to bake and cook for people with multiple food allergies and intolerance issues. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about gluten free, although I’ve done gluten free baking in the past, with mixed results. For us, it was a vegan pumpkin pie for thanksgiving, as our boys are dairy and egg allergic. We’re also peanut/tree nut allergic, but in this case, it was an easy thing to avoid.

    Congrats on your successful GF thanksgiving!

    1. annemarie Post author

      Glad you made it home. I’m just about ready to head out the door with my shopping list for Thanksgiving. Usually I do it sooner, but had a tough time deciding what to make this year! So many good recipes out there and not enough people to eat it all. Have a wonderful turkey day!

  2. Michele@FitFoodista

    Anne Marie – thanks for the tasty recipe and great info! I had no idea Whole Foods sold gluten free pie crusts. My sister in-law is gluten intolerant and I’m forever trying to figure out what to make for her. Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. annemarie Post author

      Michele, even though I’m 45 minutes from Whole Foods, it was totally worth the trip. They’re a lifesaver. Just wish my local Natural Grocers sold something similar.


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