Perfectly spiced, creamy pumpkin pie that's FREE of dairy, eggs, oil, wheat, soy, coconut and refined sugar. This healthy Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie comes with all of the delicious nostalgia of fall and winter feasts but none of the saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugar crash! (Nut-free option)
Pureed pumpkin is naturally dense, creamy, and rich-tasting, so it lends itself well to healthy veganized desserts. I love the warm touch of spices and vanilla and the pleasant sweetness of maple syrup in this pie.
If you're someone who appreciates healthier treats, I think you'll love this pumpkin pie, too! And if you're someone who prefers sweeter desserts, you can always make this pie a bit sweeter by adding a few tablespoons of granulated sugar to the filling (be sure to taste it first, though, because it's really good as-is). This vegan pumpkin pie is nothing if not versatile! Read on, and I'll explain...
Ingredients in this Healthy Pumpkin Pie
I highly recommend using my latest recipe obsession as the base for your pumpkin pie. Yep, thanks to this super easy crust recipe, I'm now obsessed with pie (stay tuned for two different pot pie recipes (update: here's the Sweet Potato and Kale Pot Pie) and here's a Salted Chocolate Pecan Pie)!
My almond flour pie crust recipe is also gluten-free and oil-free, and you can swap out the two tablespoons of cane sugar for something like coconut, maple, or date sugar, if preferred.
Now, for the ingredients in this WFPB (that's whole-food, plant-based, in case you're wondering) pumpkin pie filling (this makes enough for a 1-quart, 9-inch deep dish pie plate):
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree (canned or home-cooked)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (ensure they're gluten-free certified, if needed; or sub your favorite GF flour)
- 3 to 4 Tbsp almond or cashew butter (optional; adds just a bit more richness. Sub coconut cream, tahini, or sunbutter if you like!)
- 3 Tbsp corn starch or 2 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp clove)
- additional cinnamon 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon, to taste
- 1/2 cup maple syrup + 1 Tbsp, to taste
You may have noticed that a couple of the ingredients are "to taste." I tend not to use that phrase much after reading somewhere that it's discouraged in recipe writing. But with certain recipes, I think it's important and actually helpful to the reader to emphasize when flexibility of seasonings is encouraged (as opposed to other times when altering a recipe can cause problems).
And this vegan pumpkin pie recipe is pretty flexible! So feel free to taste as you go, adjusting the spices and sweetness to your palate. With this pie filling, a major shift in the wet-to-dry ratio is really the only change that might cause an issue with it setting properly. Otherwise, feel free to play.
Variation: Super Deep Dish Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Check out this towering slice! The photos above and below are of one of my earlier test batches..... yep, a DOUBLE batch. Since this filling is so light and low in calories, plus that's where most of the flavor is, I decided I wanted more of it. Totally logical, right? And it worked, for the most part. The only issue is that a blender can't handle THIS much volume at once. So I had to blend the filling in two batches, then stir those together in a bowl before adding it to the pie crust. It worked out fine in the end but was a bit more hassle.
With this double-decker pumpkin pie in the fridge, Mark and I proceeded to eat pumpkin pie every day until it was gone! Yep, sure did. One morning I even scooped some of the filling into my bowl of oatmeal, added extra pumpkin pie spice, and enjoyed every bite. Hmm, maybe this recipe should be named "Pumpkin Pie So Healthy You Can Eat It For Breakfast!"
Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Pie
When families and friends get together around Thanksgiving it can be challenging to accommodate everyone's different dietary requirements. And when I say "challenging," really what I mean is that you simply want everyone to be able to enjoy as many dishes as possible. And you definitely don't want anyone to feel left out of dessert! If someone is allergic to coconut, for example, you don't want them to miss out on all of your tasty vegan treats! This allergy-friendly pumpkin pie can help.
Make it Nut-Free
Though I'm no expert on nut-free recipes (I use nuts pretty often), just three easy swaps can make this vegan pumpkin pie nut-free, too!
- Crust - instead of my almond-flour-based vegan pie crust, use your favorite homemade or store-bought pie crust that accommodates your needs
- Nut butter - the recipe calls for just a few tablespoons of almond or cashew butter; feel free to replace this with coconut cream or a seed butter, such as tahini or sunflower
- Milk - replace the almond milk with your favorite nut-free non-dairy milk, such as soy, oat, rice, or flax
I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this delicious, vegan gluten-free pumpkin pie this holiday season (or anytime of year)! And if you do try it I would love to hear from you.
Please come back and give it a star rating and leave a comment to let us know how you liked it (feel free to ask questions in the comments section, too). If you share a photo of your pie on facebook or instagram I would love for you to tag @myquietkitchen so I can see!
More vegan holiday recipes:
Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Oat Ice Cream
Salted Chocolate Pecan Pie
Cranberry Cream Pie
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Easy Vegan Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Raisin-Balsamic Reduction
Black Lentil-Beyond Meat Vegan Meatloaf
Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
- 1 unbaked Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust (oil-free) Or your favorite pie crust recipe
- 1/4 cup rolled oats Use certified GF oats if needed; can also sub 3 Tbsp GF flour or almond flour
- 3 to 4 Tbsp almond or cashew butter, smooth Omit or sub seed butter or additional oats for nut-free option
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk such as almond, flax, rice or oat
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp corn starch or 2 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree (pureed, cooked pumpkin with nothing added) Sub sweet potato if you like.
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon plus extra for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prebake the pie crust for about 10 minutes, or follow package directions if using a store-bought crust.
- Combine all filling ingredients in a blender (oats, nut/seed butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, arrowroot or corn starch, pumpkin, and spices). Begin by blending on low, gradually increasing to high speed. The mixuture will be fairly thick.
- Once the filling is smooth and creamy, pour it into the prebaked pie crust. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the center looks just set. *Depending on the crust you're using, you may need to cover the edges with foil or a pie crust shield after 25 - 30 minutes to prevent it from getting too brown. If using my gluten-free crust recipe, the crust should be okay uncovered the whole time.
- Let the pie cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate at least 3 to 4 hours before serving. See Notes for serving suggestions.
- Vanilla-Maple OAT Ice Cream (WFPB, free from oil, coconut, refined-sugar)
- Banana nice cream (WFPB, oil- and sugar-free)
- Whipped coconut cream
- Vanilla vegan ice cream
- So Delicious Coco Whip