Vegan Sweet Potato Pie is rich, creamy, and packed with fall flavor! This vegan dessert recipe is easy to make and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
VEGAN SWEET POTATO PIE RECIPE
Thanksgiving is the best holiday! It is filled with family, friends, and of course — food. I always bring a dessert, and it is usually this Vegan Sweet Potato Pie! If you are a fan of pumpkin pie, you have to try this recipe for your holiday table this year.
I keep this sweet potato pie gluten-free with a simple, creamy filling and a gluten-free pie crust. The light brown sugar combined with the ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon make for the best fall dessert recipe.
INGREDIENTS IN VEGAN SWEET POTATO PIE
Pie crust: I always use this gluten-free pie crust recipe! It is flaky, buttery, and oh-so-easy with the food processor.
Sweet potatoes: You only need a few sweet potatoes for this easy pie recipe! Check out my tips below for the best sweet potato prep method.
Brown sugar: I love the extra nutty richness brown sugar brings to this vegan pie. I use light brown sugar, but you can always use dark brown sugar for a deeper taste, too.
Cornstarch: This helps the pie filling set without adding gluten to the mix.
Cinnamon: Freshly grated or store-bought ground cinnamon work well in this sweet potato pie recipe. It's the perfect sweet and savory spice!
Nutmeg: I don't always love nutmeg, but it goes perfectly with sweet potato pie. If you're out, use a dash of pumpkin pie spice!
Ginger: This savory spice is great for desserts, too. It adds a depth of flavor you can't get otherwise.
Vanilla extract: If you love cookies and cakes, you definitely love vanilla extract. It has all that warm flavor in just a few drops.
Salt: The best dessert recipes have a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness. I recommend kosher salt for all your baking recipes.
Flax egg: This is truly the best vegan egg replacement! You just need water and ground flaxseed to make a flax egg.
Canola oil: You just need a little neutral oil for the sweet potato pie filling. I use canola, but avocado oil would work too.
Coconut milk: I use full-fat coconut milk from a can for this vegan sweet potato pie recipe. I would not recommend using a low fat version. Plus, it is the holidays!
If you have any questions about vegan sweet potato pies, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN SWEET POTATO PIE
- First, preheat your oven and prep your ingredients. This pie is easy to make fast, so you want to have everything ready!
- Then, add the sweet potato puree, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, salt, flax egg, canola oil, and coconut milk to the food processor.
- Blend until everything is super smooth and combined. I usually scrape down the sides at least once while mixing.
- Now, spoon the sweet potato pie filling into your par-baked pie crust. Smooth out the filling with a knife or off-set spatula.
- Bake until the crust is perfectly golden brown and the filling is almost completely set. The center should wobble slightly — it will keep cooking as it cools.
- For the most perfect sweet potato pie slice, let the pie cool at least 1 hour before slicing.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions for the best vegan sweet potato pie, please see the recipe below.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH VEGAN SWEET POTATO PIE
I make this vegan sweet potato pie EVERY Thanksgiving. It is a family tradition! Plus, all of my non-vegan family members love it, so win-win.
Make an entire vegan dessert table with this totally luscious and dairy-free vegan pumpkin cheesecake. Keep it gluten free with a crunchy graham cracker crust surrounding a super flavorful and creamy pumpkin filling.
If you want an easy festive Thanksgiving dessert, try these vegan pumpkin cookies! They are easy to transport and perfect for a casual holiday dinner.
IS SWEET POTATO PIE A SOUTHERN THING?
The battle of sweet potato pie versus pumpkin pie is always raging in our family. I make a sweet potato pie, and someone else brings the pumpkin pie.
While many creamy vegetable-based pies date back to medieval Europe, sweet potato pie first appeared during the early colonial days in the Southern states. Sweet potatoes are native to the Americas, and they were used by enslaved Africans instead of yams, which are technically different!
The first sweet potato pie recipe appeared in 18th century cookbooks as a savory vegetable dish. However, by the 19th century, this Thanksgiving classic was officially a dessert!
HOW DO YOU KEEP A SWEET POTATO PIE FROM GETTING STRINGY?
Perfectly cooked sweet potatoes are fluffy and luscious, plus they are packed with nutrients. But how do you avoid the dreaded stringy texture in a vegan sweet potato pie?
Most of the stringy texture is actually connected to the ends! First, cut off both ends of your sweet potatoes. Then, cut the whole thing in half horizontally, then cut the potato into pieces to cook and mash.
You can boil or roast sweet potatoes for this pie, but I think roasted gives it a better flavor.
HOW TO STORE VEGAN SWEET POTATO PIE
Most creamy pies need to be kept in the refrigerator after baking. But not vegan sweet potato pie!
Since you do not have to worry about any dairy-based ingredients going bad, you can keep this sweet potato pie at room temperature on the kitchen counter. This will last up to a week, but we never have leftovers that long!
You can also easily freeze this pie! For the easiest make-ahead dessert, cool the baked pie completely, wrap tightly, and freeze. Simply thaw and enjoy when it is time for dinner.
MORE DELICIOUS VEGAN HOLIDAY RECIPES
You do not need a turkey to make amazing stuffing! This vegan stuffing recipe has all that herbaceous flavor with none of the animal products.
Start Thanksgiving morning off right with these amazing pumpkin spice bites in the air fryer! Simply use a vegan cream cheese to keep this recipe dairy-free.
Vegan Pumpkin Bread is a quick and easy gluten-free bread that everyone will love for fall! If you miss Starbucks pumpkin bread, you will forget all about it with this delicious vegan recipe.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and blend until completely smooth and combined. Stop to scrape down the sides when necessary.
- Spoon the mixture into your prepared pie crust, and smooth it out in an even layer.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. The center should still wobble slightly.
- Let vegan sweet potato pie cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.
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