Deliciously creamy vegan sweet potato pie is a twist on the traditional sweet potato pie! Completely dairy free and gluten free, this easy sweet potato pie is smooth and rich while being packed with sweet cinnamon!
What does sweet potato pie taste like?
Sweet potato pie has a deep history, and is a part of many African American Thanksgiving celebrations for not just the taste, but the memories it evokes. Traditionally, sweet potato pie is made with both sweet potatoes and yams and is definitely lighter and fluffier than pumpkin pie.
To me, sweet potato pie tastes very similar to sweet potato casserole– only better. It’s gooey yet dense, lightly sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, and has the best flaky crust to boot.
Then, of course, you have the flaky vegan pie crust, which is just truly my favorite. If you’re unfamiliar with making pie crust, not to worry, I have you covered. I created a whole perfect pie crust recipe guide just so you don’t have to fret this season about making your pie crust!
Trust me, you’re going to love this pie! This vegan version of a classic will have you speechless as you keep going back for more.
Sweet Potato Pie Vs Pumpkin Pie
I had several requests from you guys for a sweet potato pie for this season, which is honestly one of my favorite desserts.
But for those who have never made a sweet potato pie, it’s very similar to a pumpkin pie, only you don’t use pumpkin pie spices, and the texture is a bit thicker (like a sweet potato casserole) rather than smooth and pudding-like, like a pumpkin pie.
For the spices in a sweet potato pie, they’re a bit different than pumpkin. I personally just use a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, whereas pumpkin pie typically has some allspice in there, along with cardamom at times.
If you can’t decide if you should make a vegan sweet potato pie or a vegan pumpkin pie, I highly recommend both, as this sweet potato pie is so easy to make (ready in under an hour!). They’re different enough that it’s still having a variety of dessert options while also celebrating the beautiful flavors of fall!
I mean, they both deserve their own spotlight, no?
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients
The ingredients for this pie are very simple. You won’t find any hard-to-find ingredients here!
To make this pie, you’ll need:
- Baked sweet potato: a must! This is how this pie is sooo sweet and caramelized- truly, it’s a crowd pleaser.
- Coconut milk: or any dairy free milk!
- Arrowroot powder: this recipe also works with cornstarch.
- Maple syrup
- Coconut Sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Spices: I used cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
- Your favorite pie crust (I chose to do a regular vegan crust, but you can make this Paleo vegan, or a regular crust if you’d like! All pie variations can be found in my Perfect Pie Crust Guide 🙂 ).
This twist on a traditional Thanksgiving pie is entirely dairy free, vegan, egg free, soy free, and can easily be made gluten free and Paleo, so if you have any allergies, don’t worry! This pie ticks all the boxes, including tasting absolutely amazing!
How to make a Sweet Potato Pie
This pie recipe is truly the definition of an easy sweet potato pie recipe. The full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions are below in the recipe card.
However, we’ll go over the basics here!
You’ll only need a food processor, a pie dish, and a bit of patience to make this homemade sweet potato pie from start to finish!
- Start by making the flaky vegan pie crust, which we’ll par-bake so that our crust isn’t soggy. I have a whole step-by-step recipe guide for making the best flaky vegan pie crust, so be sure to go check that out!
- You can make some pie cut-outs as well, like I did. I used some cookie cutter letters and fall-inspired cut-outs from Williams Sonoma.
- Now, for the filling. As easily as you made the vegan pie dough, you’ll also use the food processor to blend together all of the sweet potato pie filling ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the filling into your pie crust and bake the pie using a pie crust shield or tin foil for the first part. Then uncover the crust to finish off the baking!
Now, being able to tell when the filling is set is a bit different from a pumpkin pie in that the filling looks pretty set to begin with. The more you practice this pie, the better you’ll be able to tell, but you’ll notice that a sort of matte layer forms on top of the filling.
That’s when you know that the filling is set!
Then just let the pie rest for about 3-4 hours in the fridge (preferably overnight), and then serve!
Homemade sweet potato pie tips & tricks
- Use a food processor for the pie dough and filling: this is not only the easiest way to make this homemade sweet potato pie, but it also yields the best results. This is because the food processor blends the pie dough ingredients much more consistently than by hand, and the sweet potato becomes a puree much like a pumpkin puree, yielding the best creamy texture.
- Have fun designing your vegan sweet potato pie! I love using pie cut-outs to take a pie to the next level. You can play around with the designs, check out Pinterest for some inspiration, and just let your inner artist have fun (we all have one 😉 ).
- Make this sweet potato pie Paleo or gluten-free as needed: you can swap in gluten free 1:1 baking flour for the pie dough if you need just gluten free. If you need both Paleo and gluten-free, swap in cassava flour!
- Use any dairy-free milk here that’s super creamy: the only dairy-free milk I don’t recommend using is the refrigerated low-calorie almond milk. The filling results just won’t be as creamy and rich.
- Bake the sweet potatoes: this is crucial if you want a sweet and caramelized pie!
How to store this pie
You can store any leftovers wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and in the fridge for up to 5 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the leftovers and simply let them thaw in the fridge overnight.
So if you’re looking for some fun healthy Thanksgiving desserts, I definitely recommend throwing this vegan sweet potato pie into the mix 🙂 You’ll wow all of your guests and bring something new to the table!
Happy Holiday Baking!
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Deliciously creamy vegan sweet potato pie is a twist on the traditional Southern sweet potato pie! Completely dairy free and gluten free, this easy sweet potato pie is smooth and rich while being packed with sweet cinnamon! Perfect for any holiday, Thanksgiving, or Christmas table! Completely vegan, dairy free, and with the option of being Paleo and/or gluten free!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour or cassava flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 5–7 tbsp chilled water
Sweet Potato Pie Filling:
- 2 cups pureed sweet potato
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- Follow the directions for making the flaky vegan pie crust here, preparing the pie crust up until it is par-baked and ready to fill (Step 9).
- Change the temperature of the oven to 350F.
- In a food processor, add all of the ingredients in and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the filling into the pie crust and place the pie into the oven to bake.
- Bake the pie for about 20 minutes covered with either tin foil or a pie crust shield then uncover the pie crust edges, and continue to bake for another 25 minutes.
- Remove the pie from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before you place it into the fridge to set for 3-4 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
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