Vegan Pumpkin Pie – Holy Cow Vegan

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The best vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe ever! It needs just nine ingredients and is so easy to make. It will become one of your favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes because your guests, vegan or not, won’t be able to resist.

Slice of vegan pumpkin pie on plate with a dollop of vegan whipping cream on top.
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Why you will love this recipe

  • Pumpkin pie is everyone’s favorite holiday dessert. And this vegan pie is so delicious, everyone will want more. The perfectly spiced pumpkin pie filling has a smooth, creamy texture and it is divine in the crispy, flaky pie crust. The pie slices like a dream.
  • It is so easy to make. You can use a store bought crust (or make your own) and it takes just minutes to put the filling together. Then all you need to do is pour and bake for the perfect but foolproof vegan pumpkin pie.
  • It is soy-free, dairy-free and eggless. You can use canned coconut milk instead of cashews for the filling if you are nut-free, or use my gluten-free pie crust from this French onion tart recipe if you are gluten free. Any way, it will be the most delicious pumpkin pie you will ever eat.

Ingredients

Ingredients for vegan pumpkin pie in bowls.
  • One vegan pie crust. You can use my vegan pie crust recipe, which is both awesome and easy. Or use a store bought crust.
  • Raw cashews. Cashew cream is an awesome and close substitute for cream, which would be used in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe.
  • Pumpkin puree. Buy the puree and not the can labeled “pumpkin pie filling.”
  • 1 cup light brown sugar or coconut sugar. You can use any sugar of your choice but brown sugar and coconut sugar add a delicious depth, so use one of those two if you can. You can also use 1 cup maple syrup although the filling will be slightly softer.
  • Pumpkin pie spices: ground cinnamon + nutmeg + ginger + cloves (optional)
  • Corn starch. This helps thicken and set the filling. Tapioca starch or arrowroot starch are fine substitutes.
  • Pure vanilla extract. This nicely rounds out the flavor.
Vegan pumpkin pie in pie plate with vegan whipping cream.

Variations

  • For a chai spice pumpkin pie, use chai masala spice mix instead of the pumpkin pie spices.
  • You can make this vegan pumpkin pie with butternut squash puree, which has a lovely, delicate flavor. To make the puree, roast 1-inch cubes of butternut squash tossed in oil for 40 minutes in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven, then give it a quick turn in the food processor to blend.
  • If you are gluten-free, use the vegan gluten-free almond shortbread crust I shared in this vegan white chocolate pie recipe. It is yummy with the pumpkin pie filling!
  • If you are nut-free, use a 14 oz can of full fat coconut milk instead of the cashew cream. Increase the amount of corn starch to 3 tablespoons instead of 2.
  • If you prefer to not use vegan butter, you can make the vegan pie crust with coconut oil. Refrigerate the coconut oil until it is quite hard, then cut into cubes and make the pie crust.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make my own pumpkin puree to make this pie?

You absolutely can! Buying a canned puree just makes things easier but if you have the time making your own puree is even better because of the fresher taste. Don’t use the large, ornamental pumpkins used for jack o’ lanterns. Instead buy smaller pumpkins that are sold as “pie pumpkins” or use other winter squash, including butternut squash and acorn squash. Peel the squash, cut into 1-inch cubes, toss with oil, and roast in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until very tender. Blend into a puree.

Is vegan pumpkin pie healthy?

The pumpkin, which is packed with Vitamin A and other nutrients, definitely raises the nutritional profile of this pie. We also use unrefined sugars in the filling. Overall the pumpkin pie is definitely healthier than one that is non-vegan because it doesn’t have the cholesterol of eggs and dairy cream. But it does have a good amount of fat and sugar so eat in moderation if you are watching your calories.

How do you store pumpkin pie?

The pie can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze the pie for up to three months. Be sure to wrap individual slices or the entire pie in freezer safe cling wrap and place in an airtight container. Thaw and reheat in a 350-degree oven.

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Slice of vegan pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped coconut cream and a fork.

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Vegan pumpkin pie with a slice cut out and topped with vegan whipping cream.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

The best vegan Pumpkin Pie ever! It needs just nine ingredients and is so easy to make. It will become one of your favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes because your guests, vegan or not, won’t be able to resist.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Total Time: 5 hrs 15 mins

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 350kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit/220 degrees Celsius. Place cashews in blender.

  • Blend the cashews with ¾ cup water until very smooth. You might need to soak the cashews first for 30 minutes if your blender isn’t very powerful.

  • Place the blended cashew cream in a bowl with the pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, if using, corn starch, salt and pure vanilla extract.

  • Stir until well-mixed.

  • Roll out the pie crust dough on a floured surface to a diameter slightly larger than a 9-inch pie plate. Gently transfer the dough to the pie plate and fit it in. Crimp the edges. If using a premade crust you can skip this step.

  • Pour the prepared pumpkin pie filling into the crust. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet and place on the center rack in the oven. Bake 10 minutes, then lower heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius and bake another 50-60 minutes or until the pie has set.

  • Cool the pie to room temperature on a wire rack. Place in the refrigerator and chill for another two hours or longer before slicing.

Recipe notes

Variations

  • For a chai spice pumpkin pie, use chai masala spice mix instead of the pumpkin pie spices.
  • You can make this vegan pumpkin pie with butternut squash puree, which has a lovely, delicate flavor. To make the puree, roast 1-inch cubes of butternut squash tossed in oil for 40 minutes in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven, then give it a quick turn in the food processor to blend.
  • If you are gluten-free, use the gluten-free pie almond shortbread crust I shared in this vegan white chocolate pie recipe. It is yummy with the pumpkin pie filling!
  • If you are nut-free, use a 14-oz can of full fat coconut milk instead of the cashew cream.

Storage instructions

  • The pie can be refrigerated for up to a week. You can also freeze the pie for up to three months. Be sure to wrap individual slices or the entire pie in freezer safe cling wrap and place in an airtight container. Thaw and reheat in a 350-degree oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 8274IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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About Vaishali


Hi! I’m Vaishali, a journalist turned food blogger. At Holy Cow Vegan I share easy, tasty recipes made with clean, wholesome ingredients that the entire family can enjoy.

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