October 08, 2011

Thanksgiving Week - Day 7: Vegan Coconut Sweet Potato Pie

It's the last day of Thanksgiving Week, and that means it's finally time for my favourite part of the Thanksgiving meal - dessert!

My dessert of choice at Thanksgiving has always been a traditional pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream, but this year I wanted to try something different and create a vegan pie.  After searching for recipes, I ended up deciding to make a sweet potato pie because I've never tried one before and I was curious!

I started with a recipe from Veg Source for vegan sweet potato pie, but I was inspired to turn it into a coconut version after seeing these recipes for a coconut sweet potato pie and vegan coconut whipped cream.

So after putting all of these recipes together, what I came up with was a coconut-lover's dream:  coconut-sweet potato pie with a coconut graham cracker crust and coconut whipped cream on top!

This was actually the first pie I've ever made from scratch myself, so I was pretty nervous when it was finally time to cut into it and see how it turned out....but to my surprise, it came out just the way I had hoped!

I liked the ratio of crust to pie - I'm not a big fan of crust on anything, so I prefer less of it. This crust was crumbly without falling apart, and had a nice coconutty flavour. The coconut taste wasn't as strong in the pie itself - instead, the sweet potato really came through, accented by a hint of maple syrup and spices.

I would definitely recommend topping this with the coconut whipped cream.  Unlike storebought whipped cream, which can have an airy taste and is full of artificial ingredients, this one was smooth and creamy and it only has two ingredients - coconut milk and icing sugar!

I'm not sure if sweet potato pie will replace pumpkin pie as my all-time favourite Thanskgiving dessert, but this was definitely a close second and it was fun to try something a bit different. It also received very good reviews from everyone who tried it at the potluck that I brought it to this week!

Coconut Sweet Potato Pie
Adapted from Veg Source, crust recipe adapted from Ashley Skabar and The New York Times

For the crust:
1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs (make sure they are dairy-free)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of salt

Mix everything in a large bowl until all of the crumbs are moistened. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-inch pie pan. Let chill in the fridge for about 1 hour.

For the pie:
2 cups mashed sweet potato (I used 1.5 sweet potatoes)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each nutmeg, ginger and cloves
1 cup coconut milk beverage from the carton
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cornstarch

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Add chunks to a pot of boiling water and boil until soft (about 10-15 minutes). Drain and let cool, then mash completely.

Place the mashed sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Add the salt and spices and stir to mix. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. 

Pour the filling onto the prepared pie crust, until it reaches the top edges of the crust (you might not need all of the filling).

Bake at 375°F for 50-60 minutes, until the filling is set on top (it should stay pretty firm if you jiggle the pan). Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cut into slices and serve with coconut whipped cream (the full recipe and instructions can be found at that link).

Makes one 9-inch pie (10-12 pieces).

Don't Miss:
Thanksgiving Week - Day 7 recipe at Once Upon a Cutting Board - Mini pumpkin tarts - a bite-sized dessert idea for finish off your Thanksgiving meal!


  1. I just finished reading your whole blog! I have saved so many recipes and cannot wait to try them, and am now following you. Cannot wait to see what you whip up next.


  2. @Samantha

    Thank you so much!! It would have made me so happy just to hear that you like one recipe on my blog, let alone many!
    I'm looking forward to returning the favour and checking out all of your recipes too :)

  3. This looks SO delicious!! I LOVE sweet potatoes, and your use of coconut whipped cream! Definitely going to be trying this.

  4. @Ashley

    Thank you! I love sweet potatoes too, so I was excited to try them in a pie! I hope you like it if you try it!

  5. yum! made this pie for some friends and they loved it. thanks for the inspiration :D


    1. Thanks for letting me know - I'm so glad to hear your friends liked it!

  6. Sweet Potato pie
    You need to coat the tomatoes in egg and then a corn meal mixture of sorts. There are many great recipes out there.



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