Vegan sweet potato pie is not something that I thought I would ever make. When I first started eating more plants, I didn’t focus on dessert. I’m just being honest. For me, making healthier food choices was about breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was not sure that I could make a move to vegan desserts. I could not imagine a sweet treat without milk or eggs.
Messing with Tradition
Sweet potato pie provides bragging rights in my family. It is one of those old school desserts that no one dares to mess with. My family recipe has a traditional approach. The ingredients include yams, eggs, butter, condensed milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. I have had several different versions from orange flavored to coconut but the traditional still wins. The first time I made a vegan sweet potato pie for thanksgiving, I was nervous.
Vegan Sweet Potato or Yam?
Even when the sign in the produce section says yam, it is usually a sweet potato. I know it’s confusing. It seems that most of what is sold in the United States is a sweet potato. The good news is that sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, rich in antioxidants and vitamins. My recipe calls for Garnet Yams which I now understand are really rich deep orange colored sweet potatoes.
When I first made this pie, I didn’t share it with anyone. I had to try it out first. Now that I’ve made it a couple of times, I’m happy to share the recipe. The coconut milk held up well and the spices brought in the traditional flavor that I was looking for. This is a great recipe for those who want to move away from dairy. It’s also a great one to try when looking to impress your vegan friends.
The Best Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Recipe for BeginnersCourse: DessertCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
This vegan sweet potato pie recipe may just become a new tradition in your home. Coconut milk is the star that brings it all together.
3 Cups Sweet Potatoes (peeled, baked, cubed)
3/4 Cups of Coconut Milk
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
9 inch Ready Made Pie Crust
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Peel your potatoes and cut into cubes. Boil them or bake them and then mash them in a large bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and use a hand mixer to blend everything until smooth.
- Pour batter into ready made pie crust
- Cover your pie edges with aluminum foil or a pie crust edge cover
- Bake for 50 minutes. Check the center of the pie for doneness with a toothpick or butter knife. It will be more moist than usual so it may never get completely dry.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour in order to set.