Every Thanksgiving, I search for a pumpkin pie that I will passionately crave and enthusiastically devour, versus the way I’ve eaten it previously: apathetically out of inexplicable holiday obligation. Today’s easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie is THE ONE!

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While I adore most pumpkin recipes, especially pumpkin desserts like Pumpkin Sheet Cake and Pumpkin Pecan Pie, my attitude toward pumpkin pie is…meh.

I try a slice of traditional pumpkin pie every year just to see if it’s improved in the last 365 days.

Every year, I’m disappointed by everything about it except for the whipped cream on top.

Not this year. THIS is the year of vegan pumpkin pie (and Vegan Pumpkin Muffins!).

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie slice on a plate with coconut whipped cream

5 Star Review

“THE BEST vegan pumpkin pie I have ever tasted!”

— Lisa —

This vegan pumpkin pie breaks every single pumpkin pie rule:

  • Its filling is unbaked. This simple no-bake vegan pumpkin pie filling gets prepared right in a food processor and requires time in the oven. Simply mix, transfer to your pie shell, and chill until set (just like this Vegan Chocolate Pie).
  • It’s naturally gluten free, dairy free, and, yes, vegan. With an almond flour crust and a pumpkin pie filling without eggs or milk, this is a pie everyone at your table can eat with gusto. You also can make it with graham cracker crust.
  • It’s healthy. The filling contains NO SUGAR (meaning refined, added sugar). Rather, it’s naturally sweetened with dates (like Vegan Cookie Dough Bars with Chocolate Chips).
  • AND it is indisputably delicious. Even the staunchest pumpkin pie doubter (like myself) will adore this creamy, rich, perfectly spiced Thanksgiving dessert.

To summarize, this is not at all the pumpkin pie I expected to bake (or, in this case, since the filling is raw, to not bake), but it is one I’d happily inhale every year at Thanksgiving and many days in between.

easy vegan pumpkin pie in a dish with no bake crust gluten free

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Pie

As irony would have it, in my effort to create the perfect classic pumpkin pie recipe, I landed on one that isn’t classic at all.

While it may not be traditional (nor are these Vegan Brownies), this easy, no-bake vegan pumpkin pie may just be the BEST pumpkin pie recipe of all time.


The Ingredients

  • Almond Flour. As I mentioned, this pie has a gluten free pie crust, a task I accomplished by making the pie crust out of almond flour instead of wheat flour. I love this crust because it’s easy and tastes like a giant almond flour shortbread cookie.

Ingredient Note

If you aren’t familiar with almond flour, it’s essentially finely ground blanched almonds. When you bake with it (as in this Almond Flour Cake), your goods are naturally gluten-free and grain-free, and you get all of the health benefits of almonds, like Vitamin E, fiber, and protein.

  • Vegan Butter. Makes this a vegan pie crust recipe with a texture that is tender and flaky.
  • Sugar + Salt. Enhances the flavor of the crust and adds just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Coconut Oil. Adds richness and helps to make the filling creamy and smooth.
  • Pumpkin. No need to make your own pumpkin puree (although you’re welcome to experiment if you want to make your vegan pumpkin pie from scratch entirely). Just grab a can of your favorite canned pumpkin puree.

Ingredient Note

This recipe requires not quite a whole can of pumpkin. Do not be tempted to use the full can, or your filling will not set up completely (trust me). Stir any remaining pumpkin into your next batch of oatmeal, or a smoothie. You could also add it to any of these pumpkin recipes.

  • Medjool Dates. My secret to sweetening this healthy pumpkin pie recipe (and Vegan Protein Bars) without any refined sugar or brown sugar. I also love that they help thicken the filling without adding cornstarch, tapioca starch, or arrowroot powder to the filling recipe.
healthy vegan pumpkin pie with dates in a pie dish
  • Almond Butter. Adds further richness and creaminess to the filling.

Substitution Tip

While I have not experimented with other nut butters, swapping the almond butter for cashew butter or peanut butter should also yield great results. For a nut-free pumpkin pie, your could also experiment with sun butter or tahini.

  • Spices. Some things about vegan pumpkin pie need to stay classic, and that includes a pumpkin spice blend. A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger perfectly spice this creamy, easy vegan pumpkin pie. Feel free to add a dash of cloves if you please.
  • Vanilla + Maple Extract. Complements the blend of pumpkin pie spices and creamy pumpkin puree.

Ingredient Note

Maple extract is not the same as maple syrup. Its flavor is more concentrated, which allows you to use less and give the pie great maple flavor without any added sugar.

  • Topping. A dollop of whipped coconut cream (made with full fat coconut milk) is my go-to vegan choice for finishing my slice of no-bake vegan pumpkin pie.

The Directions

almond flour in a bowl
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients for the crust.
adding vegan butter to a bowl of almond flour
  1. Pour in the melted butter.
a crumbly mixture of almond flour in a bowl for gluten free pie crust
  1. Stir then press into a pie dish.

TIP!

If you’d like to flute the edges, build the crust up into an even, unfluted “mound” that circles the dish first, then use your thumb and fingers to crimp as desired. Alternatively, you can also leave it unfluted or crimp it with the tines of a fork.

  1. Blind bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and shield the edges with foil or a pie crust shield. Return to the oven and bake until lightly golden. Let cool.
a ball of sticky dates pulsed in a food processor
  1. Pulse the dates in a food processor until they form a sticky ball.
vegan pumpkin pie ingredients in a food processor
  1. Add the remaining filling ingredients.
a smooth mixture of vegan pumpkin pie filling in a food processor
  1. Puree until smooth.

TIP!

This will take several minutes, and you may need to stop and scrape down the food processor a few times. You should have just a few small specks of dates remaining.

  1. Transfer the filling to the crust and smooth the top. Chill in the fridge until set, slice, and serve. ENJOY!
a slice of the best vegan pumpkin pie with maple syrup

Storage Tips

  • To Store. This pie is best served the day it is made or up to 1 day after. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Leftovers of this pie beyond 1 day are still tasty, but I found the spices lost some pizzazz, and the crust softened more than I would have wanted for a first impression.
  • To Freeze. I do not recommend freezing this pie. Upon thawing, the crust becomes soggy with this particular pumpkin pie recipe. 

What to Serve with Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Pie Plate. I love that this pie pan is inexpensive yet looks so pretty!
  • Food Processor. This one has been my trusted kitchen companion for many years.
  • Pie Shield. If you make pies regularly, investing in an affordable pie shield is a worthwhile addition to your baking arsenal.

The Best Pie Dish

These ceramic 9-inch pie dishes are distribute heat and bake evenly. They’re also oven- and dishwasher-safe.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie slice on a plate with coconut whipped cream

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This vegan pumpkin pie tastes as traditional as it should; it’s rich, creamy, satisfying, and the perfect finish to your Thanksgiving feast.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make the Pumpkin Pie Crust Without Sugar?

While I’m typically all for replacing refined sugar in recipes, this is one where I felt the “real” deal was necessary. The sugar plays a vital role in not just sweetening the crust but making the crust golden, tender, and flaky. With that said, if you would like to experiment with other sugar options, I’d love to hear about your results.

Why Isn’t My Pumpkin Pie Creamy?

The trick to making the best vegan pumpkin pie is mixing the filling until it is perfectly smooth. Take your time; it will take longer than you think, and process the filling until only a few specks of dates remain visible.

Can I Make Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Store-Bought Pie Crust?

Sure! However, depending on the crust you purchase, the pie may no longer be vegan or gluten free. To use a store-bought pie crust, blind bake as directed, then fill according to the recipe instructions. Remember that you may need pie weights to blind bake a different crust.

Can I Make Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust?

Certainly! Feel free to swap the almond flour crust in this recipe with your favorite vegan graham cracker crust. This is easy to make with graham crackers, a bit of sugar, and melted vegan buttery spread.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

5 from 4 votes
The BEST vegan pumpkin pie! Made with dates, almond butter, and coconut oil, this easy vegan pumpkin pie recipe is dairy free and gluten free!

Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 7 hrs

Servings: 10 slices

Ingredients
  

For the Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter substitute melted and cooled to room temperature (If you do not need the crust to be vegan, you can swap regular unsalted butter OR 4 tablespoons butter + 1 large egg.)

For the Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10 medjool dates pitted
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree*
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon creamy unsalted almond butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger slightly heaped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving:

  • Lots of whipped coconut cream (or regular whipped cream if you don’t need the pie to be dairy free)

Instructions
 

  • To prepare the crust, place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour in the melted butter.
  • With a fork, stir until evenly moistened and combined. The mixture will seem dry and crumbly. As you mix, use the back of your fork to smush the more moist parts into the dry parts and vice versa, continuing until all of the almond flour is as evenly moistened as possible, and you don’t have any completely dry bits remaining.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish, and with your fingers, press it along the bottom and up the sides into an even layer (I find the bottom of a clean measuring cup a very handy way to do this). If you'd like to flute the edges, build the crust up into an even, unfluted "mound" that circles the dish first, then use your thumb and fingers to crimp as desired. (You can also leave it unfluted or crimp with the tines of a fork.) With a fork, prick holes all over the bottom.
  • Place in the oven and bake 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and shield the edges with foil or a pie crust shield. Return to the oven and bake 8 to 10 additional minutes, until light golden brown. Let cool.
  • To prepare the filling, melt the coconut oil in a small microwave-safe bowl or a small saucepan. Set aside to cool slightly. Place the dates in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they turn into a sticky ball.
  • Add the melted coconut oil, pumpkin, almond butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla extract, maple extract, and salt.
  • Puree until smooth. This will take several minutes, and you may need to stop and scrape down the food processor a few times. You should have just a few small specks of dates remaining.
  • Transfer the filling into the crust and smooth the top. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. Slice and serve!

Notes

  • *INGREDIENT NOTE: I know this is barely shy of a whole can of pumpkin, but do not be tempted to use the full can, or your filling will not set up completely (trust me). Stir any remaining pumpkin into your next batch of oatmeal, or a smoothie. You could also add it to any of these pumpkin recipes.
  • TO STORE: This pie is best served the day it is made or up to 1 day after. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Leftovers of this pie beyond 1 day are still tasty, but I found the spices lost some pizzazz, and the crust softened more than I would have wanted for a first impression.
  • TO FREEZE: I do not recommend freezing this pie. Upon thawing, the crust becomes soggy with this particular pumpkin pie recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 10); without whipped coconut creamCalories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 10gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gPotassium: 340mgFiber: 7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 4803IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 2mg

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    1. Hi Ann, coconut oil is necessary for the proper texture, but the taste does not come through. I hope you enjoy the pie!

  1. Do you think I could get away with an unsweetened crust? Or does the filling need the hit of sweetness from the crust?5 stars

    1. Hi Marci, the sugar is needed for the filling as well as the crust itself—I fear it would be bland without it. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Kristina, the dates are an important ingredient in the pie for sweetness and texture, so unfortunately they cannot be substituted. I know that’s probably not what you were hoping to hear, but if you do decide to give the recipe a try as written I hope you love it!

  2. I have a heavy-duty blender and I have a mixer, but I don’t have a food processor. Will this recipe work using the equipment I have?
    :)

    1. Virgina, a blender would be pretty sticky because it doesn’t have as much surface area. You could try doing the filling in your blender 1/2 at a time. I’m not sure if that will work, but it seems like it could! The mixer unfortunately won’t work, since the dates need to be blended. I hope that helps and if you try in the blender, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  3. Looks fantastic. Does the crust HAVE to be baked? Seems even simpler if I skipped that step. Maybe I could just press it into the bottom and not the edges?

    1. Hi Julie, yes, the crust should be baked. It will have a very raw flavor and will be soggy/soft if it isn’t. I hope you enjoy the pie!

      1. Hi! What is granulated sugar, do you mean stevia? What else are our options bearing in mind trying to keep this healthy and clean as possible. Can i use stevia??? I dont have to use white sugar do i? Im in australia so i do hope ill have what you recommend. Can you Pls give me options incase. Thanks Erin

        1. Hi Crisse, granulated sugar is the same as regular white sugar. I have not experimented with stevia, so unfortunately I cannot recommend it. The sugar is needed for the crust itself as I fear it would be bland without it. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

        2. If you have Swerve, an alternitine sweetener you can replace all of the sugar in the recipe spoonful for spoonful. Stevia is sweeter than sugar so you would need about 70% of the sugar called for. Hope this helps.

  4. Can this be made ahead of time and then frozen?  To make it easier for a very busy Christmas dinner.  Recipe sounds delish.  

    1. Hi Joan, you can make the pie a day ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing it, as I think the crust would get soggy. (You could freeze it just for yourself if you aren’t too particular about texture, but for company, I wouldn’t.)

  5. Oh. My. Gosh. I’ve always liked pumpkin pie over sweeter pies but have also found it a bit lacking. This pie was delicious!!! My traditionalist mom turned up her nose initially and made a couple snarky comments about my vegan pie. However, the whole family raved about it and placed me in charge of dessert going forward. Haha! My 1yo gobbled it up and even my mom admitted it was good. I think the dates and maple syrup (didn’t have extract) gave it an added depth of flavor. The crust was delicious if a bit crumbly. Maybe I should use more oil next time or bake a bit longer? Thank you for this recipe! 5 stars

    1. Hi Amanda, I’m thrilled to hear you loved this pie! I’d suggest adding another tablespoon of oil next time if you found it crumbly. I hope that helps!

  6. I didn’t make the pie crust – used a store bought one, but the filling is amazing.  It’s creamy, full of flavor and you don’t have to bake it!  It’s a win – win.  I added a coconut cream whip on top!  Yum! This is the best healthy version of pumpkin pie I’ve had.  Thank you, Erin!5 stars

    1. Hi Liskula! While I have not tried this swap, another reader has reported success with it. If you decide to experiment with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  7. Hello. Would the filling make a nice pudding if the whole can of pumpkin is used? I was thinking it would be pretty as a parfait.

    1. Hi Nancy! I have not tested the recipe this way, so I can’t say for certain. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  8. Hi Erin! Thanks for the cool recipe! I’m wondering if you’ve ever combined your pecan pumpkin recipe with this one? My kids have dairy allergies so I was thinking of baking the pecan mix from your other recipe before adding them to this vegan filling. If you have any tips before I try it, let me know! Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Kelley! I haven’t tried this myself, so it would be an experiment. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  9. I am a 70 year old vegan- with wheat sensitivity-BEST….THE BEST – Vegan pumpkin pie I have ever tasted! I made extra,of the pie crust, and used it for an open apple pie.5 stars