Classic Vegan Pecan Pie – Connoisseurus Veg


Made with sweet and gooey pecan-studded filling inside flaky crust, this vegan pecan pie is the ultimate holiday treat!​​​​​​​

Slice of Vegan Pecan Pie with Whipped Topping on a Plate, with Coffee Cup and Rest of Pie in Background

My family tends to have too many pies at our holiday celebrations. You really need to cover all the bases when it comes to pie! All the teams need representation: pumpkin, sweet potato, apple…and now pecan!

It took me a while to get a classic vegan pecan pie recipe up on this site, even though pecan might just be my favorite holiday pie.​​​​​​​

What You’ll Need

Close Up of a Whole Vegan Pecan Pie on a Wood Surface
  • Vegan pie crust
  • Organic brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Vegan butter
  • Silken tofu
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Pecans

How to Make Vegan Pecan Pie

Slice of Vegan Pecan Pie on a Plate with Fork, with Pecans, Coffee Cup and Pie in the Background

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make vegan pecan pie. Scroll to the bottom of the post if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

Start by blind baking your crust. Poke some holes in the bottom with a fork, line the inside with parchment paper or foil, and fill it with pie weights, or dried rice or beans if you don’t have pie weights.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ (My vegan pumpkin pie post has a photo showing what this looks like.)

Pop the crust into the oven and bake it for 15 minutes. This gets the crust baking process started and prevents it from turning out soggy.

Now grab a food processor or blender. We need to blend up a few of the ingredients for the filling: silken tofu, non-dairy milk, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.​​​​​​​

Side By Side Images Showing Ingredients for Vegan Pecan Pie Filling in a Food Processor Bowl Before and After Blending

Set your blended mixture aside for a minute and place a pot on the stove. Add maple syrup, brown sugar, and vegan butter. Heat everything up, bring it to a simmer, and let it cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, giving it a stir from time to time.

It should be super bubbly and glossy when the time is up. Now pour the blended tofu mixture into the pot and whisk everything together. Let it simmer for just a minute to thicken up slightly.​​​​​​​

Collage Showing 4 Stages of Cooking Vegan Pecan Pie Filling: Place Ingredients in Pot, Simmer, Add Blended Ingredients, and Simmer Again

Fill your pie crust with roughly chopped pecans, then pour your liquid mixture over the pecans. The crust should be filled to the brim! I like to arrange a few whole pecans on top as well.

Vegan Pecan Pie Filling Being Poured into Crust

Pop the pie into the oven. Be sure to place something under it to catch drips, which will probably occur.

Bake the pie for about 40 minutes, then take it out of the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack. The pie will continue to set as it cools.

Top your pie with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or non-dairy whipped cream.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Overhead View of a Wooden Table Set with Vegan Pecan Pie, Coffee Cup, and Slice of Pie on Plate

Vegan Pecan Pie Tips & FAQ

  • Can this pie be made gluten-free? Yup! Just use a vegan & gluten-free pie crust, like this one.
  • Shelf life & storage: This pie is best stored in it’s original dish, wrapped tightly in plastic. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • I’ve baked my pie for 40 minutes and the filling is still runny. Help! First, make sure your filling came up to a simmer before you took it off the stove. If it did and the filling is still runny after baking, be patient. Let the pie cool completely — the filling will continue to set as it does.
  • Some silken tofu comes in firm and soft varieties. Either will work, but if you have the option, use firm.
  • This recipe is designed for a 9-inch deep pie dish. You can use something smaller, but you’ll probably have too much filling. Feel free to scale back as needed.
  • Can I use a store-bought pie crust? Yup! Check the ingredients to ensure it’s vegan, as many brands use lard or butter. Also keep in mind that many store-bought pie crusts come in pans that are smaller than what this recipe calls for, so you might not be able to fit all of the filling.

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Slice of Vegan Pecan Pie with Whipped Topping on a Plate, with Coffee Cup and Rest of Pie in Background

Vegan Pecan Pie

Made with sweet and gooey pecan-studded filling inside flaky crust, this vegan pecan pie is the ultimate holiday treat!

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1
    vegan pie crust
  • 8
    ounces
    silken tofu
  • 3/4
    cup
    unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/4
    cup
    cornstarch
  • 1
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 3/4
    cup
    maple syrup
  • 1/2
    cup
    organic brown sugar
  • 1/3
    cup
    vegan butter
  • 2 1/4
    cups
    pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Gently press your pie crust inside of a deep 9-inch pie pan* and poke a few holes in the bottom with a fork. Line the bottom with foil or parchment paper and fill it with pie weights, dried rice, or beans.

  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes then remove it from the oven and place it on a cooling rack.

  4. While the crust bakes, place the tofu, milk, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt into a blender or food processor bowl fitted with an s-blade. Blend until smooth.

  5. Place the maple syrup, brown sugar, and butter into a medium pot and set it over medium heat.

  6. Heat the mixture, stirring frequently, until the butter and sugar melts and the mixture comes to a simmer.

  7. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes, until it’s very bubbly and glossy.

  8. Stir the tofu mixture into the pot. Bring it back to a simmer and let it cook for about 1 minute.

  9. Roughly chop 2 cups of the pecans and use them to fill the pie crust. Arrange the whole remaining pecans on top. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the pecans and into the pie crust. The crust should be very full.

  10. Place the pie into the oven. Place a rimmed baking sheet or large baking dish on a the lower rack to catch any drips.

  11. Bake the pie for 40 minutes. The filling should be bubbly and still pretty gooey when it’s done.

  12. Place the pie on a cooling rack and let it cool completely. The filling will continue to set as it does.

  13. Slice and top with vegan vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Serve.

Recipe Notes

*If you use a smaller pie pan you’ll probably have a bit too much filling. Scale back as needed.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Pecan Pie

Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/8 of pie))

Calories 589
Calories from Fat 361

% Daily Value*

Fat 40.1g62%

Saturated Fat 15.9g80%

Sodium 402mg17%

Potassium 158mg5%

Carbohydrates 54.5g18%

Fiber 3.3g13%

Sugar 27.7g31%

Protein 6.9g14%

Calcium 102mg10%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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