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Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

October 12, 2021
This sweet Vegan Pumpkin Pie has a crumbly streusel topping that's perfect for a dairy-free holiday.

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

This Maple Vegan Pumpkin Pie is not too sweet, full of warming spices, and topped with a crumbly pecan and walnut crust. This pie is a perfect holiday baking recipe for Thanksgiving! 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

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I’m so excited to be having Pumpkin 2.0 Week on Orchids + Sweet Tea this year, especially since last year’s Pumpkin Week was such a hit! To be honest, this year’s recipes will be that much more bold and filled with both savory + sweet. 

The interesting thing is that most people LOVE pumpkin, but never imagine how amazing it is in savory dishes because desserts and drinks are always at the forefront of everything Pumpkin Spice. But if you’re intrigued with something savory + pumpkin lush—–then my recent Cajun Veggie Pumpkin Pizza is a MUST!

OK, so can I be honest? Making pumpkin or sweet potato pie is a bit challenging.

While sweet potato pie is my absolute favorite kind of pie, this vegan pumpkin version is a close runner-up. It has a smooth, creamy pumpkin custard center and a crisp buttery crust with a pecan-walnut topping. If you love nuts, maple and pumpkin, this is the perfect fall dessert for you! It’s great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just any regular weeknight. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Pie

This is a super easy, laid-back pie recipe when it comes to whipping the ingredients together. For the filling, you’ll make a simple pumpkin syrup first. Next, you’ll turn it into a sweet and smooth pumpkin custard to fill your homemade vegan pie crust. Honestly, the filling can be a bit tricky and often times need to “set” for a long time before slicing, so it’s always best to make this AHEAD OF TIME. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pie Crust

Speaking of crust, I recommend starting the recipe by whipping up the simple pie crust. It’s easy to do and has a delicious buttery flavor and crisp texture. Of course, if you don’t have time, a store-about vegan (or gluten-free) crust will also work.

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Here’s what you need to make this pie crust:

  • Bob Red Mill’s Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. This is my go-to favorite brand when it comes for all kinds of flour. 
  • Cane sugar. I always use organic sugar.
  • Cinnamon. A must for warming fall flavors. 
  • Vegan butter. Make sure it’s nice and cold to get those crispy, flaky layers in your crust. 
  • Almond milk. Water will also work, just make sure it’s cold. 
  • Apple cider vinegar. To add a tinge of tang to your crust. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Filling Ingredients

While the pie crust bakes and cools, make the smooth pumpkin filling with these ingredients:

  • Pumpkin puree. Make sure it’s pure pumpkin, not canned pie crust. 
  • Coconut cream. Full-fat coconut milk will also work. 
  • Brown sugar. Choose organic if possible!
  • Arrowroot starch. This is a gluten-free thickener for a nice firm pie texture. 
  • Maple syrup. Honey will also work.
  • Vanilla. For warming flavor. 
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. The classic pumpkin spice flavors. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Crumble Pie Topping

Top off your decadent pumpkin dessert with a crunchy and nutty pecan-walnut crumble. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pecans and walnuts. Make sure they’re toasted first for the best flavor. See the notes section below the recipe fo how to quickly toast your nuts. 
  • Brown sugar. For caramelization.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg. Never too much spice!
  • Vegan butter. I like to use Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks. 
  • Maple Syrup. Honey is a fine alternative, but you’ll miss the delicious maple flavor. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Why Use Organic Flour?

I always use Bob’s Red Mill Organic flour for baking—-it’s my absolute GO-TO! Using organic flour is easier on my digestive system, because I am sensitive to gluten. It is also a very reliable and consistent product, so I’ll always know exactly what to expect from my recipes when I use Bob’s Red Mill flour. When I’m putting so much time and effort into developing baking recipes that work perfectly, it’s important to be able to rely on my ingredients!

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Can I Use Store-Bought Crust?

Certainly. If you end up using a pre-baked crust, simply add the filling and bake the assembled pie at 350°F.  Add the nutty topping during the last 15 minutes of baking. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Can I Make Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie?

Yes, to make this recipe gluten free, substitute the flour with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour. Also, reduce the vegan butter to 1 3/4 sticks instead of 2. 

Storing Leftover Pie

To store leftover pumpkin pie, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to four days. You can serve the pie cold or heat it in the microwave for a few seconds before serving. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Serving Suggestions

Pile your walnut-topped pumpkin pie with vegan whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to serve the perfect Thanksgiving feast. 

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

6 Interesting Facts About Pumpkin Pie

  • Pumpkin pie was not served at the first Thanksgiving, though pumpkins were used in other recipes at the time.
  • The first recorded recipe for “modern” pumpkin pie was published in 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. It was called ‘Pumpkin Pudding.’ The cookbook was the first one devoted to foods native to the Americas.
  • Every year, 50 million pumpkin pies are made using Libby’s canned product.
  • Nestle bought Libby’s in 1971.
  • Morton, Illinois, where the main Libby’s processing plant is located, calls itself the pumpkin capital of the world.
  • The world’s largest pumpkin pie weighed over 350 pounds and was made with 80 pounds of pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, and 144 eggs.

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

More Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

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Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

Maple Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Chill Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Serves: 8 servings
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Ingredients

CRUST:

  • 1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsps organic cane sugar 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, COLD!
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk + 2 Tbsps, very cold (You can also use water, if preferred!)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

PUMPKIN FILLING:

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans organic 100% pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling!)
  • 1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut cream (You can also use canned full-fat coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot starch  (See Notes!)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of ground allspice

CRUMBLE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped (See Notes for toasted option)
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (See Notes for toasted option)
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, partially melted 
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup

Instructions

TO MAKE CRUST:

  • In a measuring cup, add the milk and apple cider vinegar, stir and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, salt, and cane sugar, whisking them all together.
  • Add the cubed vegan butter sticks (or regular vegan butter) and using a pastry blender, blend butter into dry ingredients until the mixture becomes “peas-like” and crumbly.
  • Pour the cold apple cider vinegar-milk mixture (slowly) and stir (working it together with one hand) until the dry ingredients are moistened. NOTE: If the ingredients feels a little too dry, add 1 Tbsp of milk at a time, until it’s moistened BUT not too wet!
  • Once you’re able to form it into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (minimum), up to 1 and a half hours or of course overnight.
  • In the meantime, make the Pie Filling.

PIE FILLING:

  • In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and maple syrup, whisking until well combined and sugar has fully dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooled pumpkin puree mixture along with: coconut cream/milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice, sea salt, and arrowroot starch mixture, whisking until combined and smooth. Filling mixture should be thickened at this point.
  • Let the pie continue to bake for the next 15 minutes and remove it from the oven. 
  • Let the pie cool for about 30 minutes or so, and enjoy!
  • Be sure to let the remaining pie chill in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight until set.

TO MAKE THE CRUMBLE TOPPING:

  • Add the flour, brown sugar, chopped pecans, walnuts, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium bowl, combining them together using a pastry blender. NOTE: This helps to breakdown the nuts into smaller pieces as well, if preferred.
  • Add the partially melted vegan butter and using a spatula, mix until well combined and 'crumbly-like'. Set aside.

ASSEMBLY:

  • Remove dough ball from the refrigerator and place it onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough ball using a rolling pin (not making it too thin), about 1/2-inch thick and gently placing it in your pie crust baking pan; working it around evenly. Be sure to do any folding or tucking of any excess pie crust.
  • Pour pie filling mixture over crust and lightly brush the top of pie crust with melted vegan butter.
  • Now, evenly sprinkle the crumble topping atop pie filling until fully covered and place it in the oven.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes, until crust becomes golden brown and the center of the filling is only ‘slightly jiggly’. NOTE: If the crust begins to get too dark quickly, cover around the pie’s crust with foil paper, leaving the middle opened and exposed.
  • Once done, remove from the the oven and let cool completely, about 30-45 minutes. When cooled, place pie in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving and slicing.
  • To serve, slice the pumpkin pie and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Keep leftover pie tightly wrapped with heavy duty plastic wrap or foil and refrigerated for 3-4 days. Re-heat each slice when serving.
  • FOOD PROCESSOR FOR CRUST: If using a food processor to incorporate water (or milk) to flour/butter mixture, ONLY ADD 1/4 cup of water/milk AT A TIME to your dough, keeping it on “pulse” to avoid the dough from breaking down too much and it becoming “watery”. With this method, you may not need the entire 1 cup of water/milk.
  • GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make these GF, simply substitute All-Purpose Flour with 2 cups Gluten-Free Flour or GF All-Purpose Flour (Bob’s Red Mill has a great one!) and the Pastry Flour with 1/2 cup coconut flour. If your GF Flour doesn’t have Xanthan Gum included, add 1tsp in recipe. Also, reduce vegan butter to 1 3/4 sticks instead of 2. Continue all other steps!
  • ARROWROOT: If you don’t have arrowroot starch, feel free to substitute with regular starch or all-purpose flour, which both act as a thickening agent. Simply mix starch into WARM water until it becomes 'milky' and liquified.
  • COCONUT CREAM: If you don't have Thai Kitchen's Coconut Cream on hand, you can use canned Coconut Milk and refrigerate it overnight so that it thickens into a cream.
  • TOASTED NUTS: Add chopped pecans and walnuts to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.
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  1. What a delicious pie. Yum! Absolutely perfect. I have a vegan friend coming for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. I’m going to bake this pie for him. Thanks!

    • Hi Natalie! OMG! Yes—this pie is such a hit for vegans and non-vegans I know! I definitely hope that he loves it! 🙂

  2. I will be making the GF version of this for Thanksgiving this year – it looks absolutely perfect and way too delicious to pass up! Thank you for this recipe!

    • Wow, thanks so much Lisa! It’s definitely never too early to begin eating Pumpkin Pie! haha!

  3. This looks sooo good. My sister is going vegan so Im gonna be sharing this. GREAT photos too. Now Im hungry. lol.

    • Hi Jillian! Thanks so much! It was really delicious! Wishing your sister best of luck on her new food journey! I do hope that you get a chance to try this recipe!

    • Hi Bekah! Yes, it was mostly certainly delicious! Be sure to let me know how this turns out during the holidays!

    • Hi LeeAnn! Yes, I do notice that a lot of people love Pumpkin Pie. I am more of a Sweet Potato Gal, however, this one won me over! I do hope that you enjoy it once you give it a try!

  4. Looks delicious! Orange sweet potato also often works as a good substitute for pumpkin if pumpkin is not your thing!

    • Hi Rheagan, Yes, I usually make Sweet Potato pie, however, a few of my readers wanted to see a pumpkin pie recipe, so I made one! Apparently, pumpkin is a Fall favorite for many! Thanks so much for that bit of information!