This no-bake vegan chocolate pie is rich, dense, fudgy, and made without tofu or coconut milk. It's a chocolate-lover's dream and SO easy! Simply blend the filling, pour into a prepared crust, and chill. That's it! And unlike some vegan desserts, this one holds up beautifully at room temperature, making it perfect for potlucks and parties. Pair it with our popular gluten-free pie crust for a gluten-free and vegan chocolate pie everyone will love!
Why We Love This Recipe
Since most vegan chocolate pie recipes are a spinoff of the version made with silken tofu and melted chocolate (not sure where that originated, but my guess would be a vegetarian cookbook from the 1970s), I wanted to create something a little different.
Don't get me wrong, I love tofu as much as the next vegan. Actually, probably more! But as a recipe creator I don't see the point in sharing yet another version of the same pie (even though they are delicious).
If you want to make a chocolate pie with tofu you already have plenty of options to choose from! But if you need to avoid coconut and/or tofu, I've got your back.
It's been a while since I shared a decadent dessert, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy creating sweet treats! I wanted this new recipe to be VERY easy to prepare, great for any season and occasion, and an all-around crowd pleaser.
The consistency of this pie is less like a chocolate cream pie or silk pie and more like a cheesecake. The fudgy, no-bake chocolate filling was inspired by my vegan chocolate tart, which is similarly dense but uses coconut milk plus a few other ingredients.
Cooked sweet potato replaces the need for tofu or coconut milk in this recipe, and you can use canned sweet potato (or pumpkin) to keep prep simple!
You'll need just 6 easy-to-find ingredients to make this no-cook chocolate pie filling.
- chocolate - either bars or chocolate chips are fine; the type of chocolate you use will impact the sweetness of the pie. Just be sure to check the ingredient list for dairy. It's usually pretty easy to find at least one semi-sweet chocolate option at most grocery stores that's dairy-free, and multiple options for dark chocolate.
- With semi-sweet, around 60% cacao solids, the pie filling may be sweet enough without any additional sugar. Taste and decide.
- If using dark chocolate, around 70%, you may want to add sweetener to the blender.
- I used a 72% bar and included the optional sugar.
- sweet potato - for convenience I used canned organic sweet potato because I had a can in the pantry; since the sweet potato is primarily for volume and texture, the quality of the flavor really isn't important (the chocolate covers it up). Feel free to use sweet potatoes you bake yourself, or just go with canned.
- almond butter - adds a neutral, nutty flavor; look for creamy, raw, unsalted almond butter. Or substitute sunflower seed butter if avoiding nuts.
- pie crust - I made a chocolate version of this vegan & gluten-free pie crust (details below). This oatmeal pie crust is also perfect with this filling.
See recipe card below for quantities and full recipe.
How to Make Vegan Chocolate Pie
I told you this pie is ridiculously easy, right? Here's a quick look at the process.
- First, melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler on the stove. In a blender combine the sweet potato, almond butter, milk, vanilla, and salt. Blend to combine, and add the melted chocolate and blend again. Taste and decide whether it needs sugar.
- Spoon the filling into a fully baked pie crust, and smooth the top. Chill uncovered until firm, about 2 hours.
Enjoy the pie now, or cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Hint: The amount of chocolate in this pie helps it set pretty quickly! And since the filling isn't cooked or hot when it goes into the crust, that helps, too!
It's always a bummer to make a pie that takes forever to chill, am I right? Not this one!
- nut-free - replace the almond butter with sunflower seed butter and use a non-dairy milk such as oat, soy, or coconut. Also choose an allergy-friendly chocolate like Enjoy Life.
- gluten-free - use a certified gluten-free chocolate and our favorite gluten-free pie crust (linked throughout this page and in the recipe). Don't be intimidated about making your own pie crust. Trust me that one is EASY and so good! Check out the reviews. It's also oil-free.
Option for Vegan Chocolate Pie Crust
Nutty with a light cocoa flavor and hint of cinnamon, the pie crust you see in the photos was an experiment, sort of! It's based on my popular vegan GF pie crust but with a hint of cocoa added.
I'd made the chocolate version once last year and intended to continue testing it to share here on the blog, but you know how that goes. As a one-person team my to-do list is ever-evolving and never-ending.
BUT thanks to this pie, I finally got off my tushy and tested the chocolate crust again!
To make it, follow the instructions for rolling out the pie dough and baking the crust as detailed in this gluten-free vegan pie crust recipe, but use this ingredient list:
- 1 ½ cups fine almond flour (168 grams)
- ⅓ cup white or brown rice flour (54 g)
- ⅓ cup tapioca flour (38 g)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (40 g)
- ¼ cup organic cane sugar (56 g)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons water
Whisk together all dry ingredients, then mix in the maple syrup and water. The dough will be moist and just as easy to patch, shape, and work with as the basic almond flour crust.
I baked mine for 31 minutes at 350 degrees.
If you plan to make your own crust, you'll need a pie plate. A rolling pin will also come in handy!
For the pie filling, you need a way to melt the chocolate, either a bowl and a microwave or a double boiler set up for the stovetop. You'll also need a blender, either regular or high-speed like a Vitamix, or a food processor.
Preparing in Advance and Storing
If making the pie in advance for a party, prep it the day before or early the day of so the filling has at least 2 to 3 hours to chill and set.
Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to one month. As always, make sure the pie is well protected from air to avoid freezer burn.
It's necessary to check ingredient lists for items like "milk fat" or other obvious dairy-related terms. Dark chocolate (usually at least 70% cacao solids), is often dairy-free, and some brands of semi-sweet chocolate are, as well. Enjoy Life is a common brand that is free from all allergens, including dairy, nuts, gluten, and soy. You can also find different lists of vegan-friendly chocolate brands online.
Since the filling is very thick and dense, a high-powered blender doesn't hurt, but with a little patience a standard blender can get the job done, too. We aren't blending any whole nuts, seeds, or other ingredients so that helps.
I hope you enjoy how rich, fudgy and SIMPLE this vegan chocolate pie is. If you try the recipe I would love to hear from you! Drop a line in the comments below to let us know.
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Vegan Chocolate Pie (No Tofu or Coconut)
- 1 baked vegan pie crust - I used a chocolate version of my GF/V pie crust; details above.
- 12 ounces dairy-free chocolate (check for allergens as needed) - use 72% cacao for a dark chocolate pie or 60-65% (semi-sweet) for a sweeter pie
- 1 ¼ cups canned pure sweet potato - or sweet potato you cook yourself
- ½ cup smooth raw almond butter, unsalted - or sunflower seed butter for nut-free
- 3 to 4 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- rounded ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons organic cane sugar, optional - won't need if using semi-sweet chocolate
- First, melt the chocolate. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in short increments, stirring in between each heating once it starts to melt. Alternatively, melt the chocolate with a double-boiler set up on the stovetop.
- In a blender combine the sweet potato, almond butter, 3 Tbsp milk, vanilla, and salt. Blend to combine. Add the melted chocolate and blend again. The mixture will be very thick, so you may need to stop a few times to stir.
- If needed add another splash of milk to help with blending. Taste the pie filling and add sugar if desired. Keep in mind that once the pie is cold it will taste less sweet. Spoon into the crust and smooth the top.
- Refrigerate the pie uncovered until set, about 2 hours. Once the pie is firm, cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. It's fine and stays firm at room temperature for at least several hours, if needed.
- With semi-sweet, around 60% cacao solids, the pie filling might be sweet enough without any additional sugar. Taste and decide.
- If using dark chocolate, around 70%, you may add sweetener to the blender.
- I used a 72% bar and included the optional sugar.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com.