Sometimes, eating vegan is hard. Especially on occasions like say, family holidays, where you already have dairy-filled recipes that have been made year-after-year. It was hard enough having to sub out the fam-favorite beef fondue years back after three vegetarians sat at the table. But this year during Thankgiving, we were a wee bit stumped with certain dishes. Pie, for example, was a big one. We are huge pumpkin pie fans in our family and didn't want just any ol' vegan substitute. We searched high and low for recipes that would be comparable, until we finally landed on one. This vegan pumpkin pie recipe is so good, we just have to share it.
I think what also made this pie so phenomenal was the fact that we used fresh pumpkin from our retired Halloween decoration. When Vanessa and I were in Indianapolis visiting friends, we bought a $3 Cow pumpkin from a local farm. Cow pumpkins are BEAUTIFUL as decorative pumpkins. But when we were shopping, we also didn't want something that would just end up rotting away in the garbage afterwards. So the cow pumpkin, we knew, would eventually be the perfect baking pumpkin.
Note: cow pumpkins are one of the creamiest, most flavorful pumpkins around. Plus they look damn cool.
I'm going to be honest with you (not that I'm a pumpkin connoisseur or anything), but you can't really use any old regular pumpkin when you bake. Decorative pumpkins that you find in stores can be reeeeally watery when you puree them. So it's important to know what your pumpkin is, and what it can do when you transform it into deliciousness.
Truthfully, we were shocked at how beautiful the inside of our pumpkin was. It was this beautiful, rich, vibrant orange flesh, and it evoked this wonderfully sweet pumpkiny smell. We just knew it was going to be a killer pie just because of the pumpkin alone.
So we scooped out all the pumpkin guts and cut our pumpkin up. It went into the oven at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes. Make sure if you are roasting on a baking sheet that there are sides to the sheet. Because we didn't, our baking sheet was flat, aaaaaand my mom's oven is a MESS. Pumpkin juice everywhere. Sorry, mom.
After roasting this puppy, we hit puree on the processor and voila, fresh pumpkin puree.
We made the crust from scratch.
We made the filling from scratch.
The pie itself was hands down the best I've ever eaten. So creamy, so rich, so flavorful—and zero dairy products. I didn't feel heavy afterwards, I wasn't stuffed and unable to move. It was perfect. Here are the recipes as created by B. Britnell.
Coconut Vegan Pie Crust
Now, just to add on this, we did have some issue. First, our crust was not so easy to manipulate. Probably rolling in between parchment paper or something like that would have helped. Also, we didn't get two balls, we only got one. But it was DAMN DELICIOUS regardless.
Next up, the super simple filling, again by B. Britnell.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
It was my first time making a homemade vegan pumpkin pie so go easy on me. But! We topped this dariy-free bad boy with some So Delicious Coconut Whip and everything tasted like magic. I highly recommend this recipe for any vegan looking to sweeten up their holiday.
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