I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. I’m apart of the “eat pie for breakfast ” club. We have our big annual meeting the day after Thanksgiving and a few meetings scattered about during the cold months.
My husband says I am the president. I’m very good at being in this club.
When November rolls around, I use every food blogger excuse to bake up some test pies. I have to be prepared! Obviously, as the president, I have to set a good example.
This year, things will be a little different because this year, we will be eating vegan pie.
We won’t need to laugh and say it’s the holidays when there’s mostly a vegetable in there. We can eat an extra large slice with a big pile of whipped cream if we want to. This year, we can eat a quarter of the pie with whipped cream guilt free. You totally want to join this club now, don’t you!?
Or maybe you already have! Well start rejoicing. Rejoice that the vegan buttery crust and whipped cream is dairy free. That there is not a spec of white refined sugar in this entire recipe. That most of the filling actually is a vegetable. And most of all, it tastes fantastically traditional and delicious! I know what you’re thinking – we better have a club meeting today.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie (dairy free, egg free and soy free)
2 cups Spelt Flour
1/2 teaspoon Pink or Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Maple Sugar, Coconut Sugar or Powdered Honey
1 1/4 cup Frozen Earth Balance Butter, cubed
1-3 Tablespoons Ice Water
2 cups Pumpkin Puree
5 Tablespoons Coconut Butter, softened or Vegan Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
1/2 teaspoon Pink Salt
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
For The Crust:
In a food processor or blender, combine the flour, salt and sweetener of choice. Add in the the frozen butter and 1 tablespoon of water. Pulse for a couple seconds. Add a bit more water and pulse until the mixture is a corse, crumbly mixture. If you need more water, add a little as needed. Transfer dough to an 9 inch or 10 inch pie pan and and gently press to the bottom of your dish, being careful to not break up any butter clumps in the dough. Shape the edges to your desired shape. Cover and place in the freezer for at least one hour or overnight. Remove from freezer at least 30 minutes prior to baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Begin on your filling.
For The Filling:
In a large bowl, beat all the ingredients together. The fabulous thing about vegan filling is that you can taste it along the way! Add more spice or salt to suit your tastes. Pour in the prepared crust (make sure dish is not straight out of the freezer!) and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. If you fear the crust will brown to quickly, cover edges with foil, but remove for the last 10 minutes of baking. Allow to cool completely before serving. Garnish with non-dairy whipped cream. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.