You Won't Believe it's Vegan Pumpkin Pie

October 31, 2012
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Growing up, I always made pumpkin pie the same way: with pumpkin pie mix, eggs, and cream. When I became vegan, I thought my pumpkin pie days were over, until I realized that cashews make a killer, creamy filling. This dairy and egg free pie, made with simple ingredients, proves that vegan baking can be easy and authentic. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Serves 8
  • 1/2 recipe of Vegan pie crust (see link below)
  • 2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 3+ hours and drained of soaking water
  • 3/4 cup demerara, brown, or cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
In This Recipe
  1. Prepare one perfect vegan pie crust. You can find the recipe here:
  2. Roll the crust out to 1/4 inch thickness and line a greased and floured pie pan. Pinch edges decoratively.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Blend all pie filling ingredients in a food processor till super smooth. The mixture should be quite thick, but if it's too thick you can thin it with a tablespoon or two of water or non dairy milk. Spoon into the crust, smooth over, and bake until the edges of the crust are golden brown and the filling is dark (35 to 40 minutes). Let cool for a while before serving.

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Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.