Pecan pie is a beloved favorite for many, but traditional pecan pie recipes are not vegan — at all. Eggs (usually multiple) and butter are mainstays of this delightful dish. Is is possible to make a vegan pecan pie, like this one inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie, worthy of your taste buds? Yes! It’s easy to swap out a few key ingredients without sacrificing any of the flavor. Perhaps this will become a new go-to recipe for every occasion that calls for a pie (and really, don’t they all?).
Vegan versions of popular pies often include corn syrup and processed white sugar. But not in this vegan pecan pie recipe. Instead, you’ll find molasses, maple syrup and honey to give the pie the kick of the sweetness every pecan pie needs. Other ingredients include a tablespoon of bourbon, almond nut butter and flax meal, plus additional ingredients that add sumptuous flavor, including nutmeg and vanilla.
To keep the pie vegan, this filling, of course, must be paired with a vegan pie crust. While just about any vegan pie crust will do, why not boost up the pecan factor by using a homemade vegan maple pecan pie crust?
Baking a pie from scratch might sound intimidating, it’s really not as difficult as it sounds. To get started with this vegan pecan pie recipe, grab a large bowl and whisk together the molasses, maple syrup, honey, bourbon, nut butter, flax meal, nutmeg, vanilla, salt and water. After combining these ingredients, add your chopped pecans; medium-sized pecan bits work best for this pie.
Cover this mixture with wrap and set it in your refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This half hour will allow the pie filling to thicken, which is a must for pecan pies. After the 30 minutes is up, you’re almost done. Pour the mixture into your chosen pie crust and garnish, if desired, with whole pecans for a decorative touch. Pop it into the oven, and in 20 minutes you’ll have a gorgeous homemade (from scratch!) vegan pecan pie that vegans and non-vegans alike will adore. Serve with whipped coconut cream or vegan ice cream.
Combined almond butter with bourbon, water, honey, pure maple syrup and molasses in a mixing bowl. The nut butter adds richness to the pie filling. You can use almond, cashew, pecan or even pumpkin seed butter.
Mix in salt, vanilla extract and additional spices
Salt, vanilla extract, nutmeg and flax meal are added to the mixture to give the filling that pecan pie flavor.
Pour in pecans
More than 70% of pecans are made up of healthy fats including monounsaturated fats; they contain very few saturated fats. Pecans are also a good source of oleic acid which has been proven to improve immune system functioning, reduce inflammation, and potentially reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Put filling in the fridge
Let it sit for 30 minutes. The flax meal will cause the pecan pie filling to thicken. During this time, preheat your oven to 350 F.
Pour filling into pie crust
You can use homemade or a store-bought 9-inch pie crust.
Add additional pecans
You can arrange them anyway you want and even add chocolate chips, if you’re not on a vegan diet.
Bake and enjoy!
Bake the pecan pie in the oven for 35 minutes, then turn the oven off and let the pie sit in the now-off but still warm oven for 10 minutes.