A Bit of Vegan Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Pie!

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Though my immediate family is still omni enough that Thanksgiving continues to include meat, a few bits of veganism did make an appearance this year!  One was an encore of a well-liked dish from last year, a fabulous Thanksgiving Dressing from VegWeb.

The other was this:

pumpkin pie full

Bryanna’s Vegan Pumpkin Pie, suggested to me by CupcakeKitteh via Twitter.  A slight miscalculation lead my mom and I to be looking for pie recipes after the Thanksgiving grocery shopping was done.  Many of the recipes I found sounded delicious, but called for silken tofu or full-fat coconut milk, neither of which we had on hand.  We live enough of a distance from the store for it to be impractical to run out for one ingredient, so we needed something that used only what we had.

pumpkin pie cut

This pie fit the bill.  Simple ingredients, quick assembly, awesome flavor.  I love any excuse to break out the KitchenAid!  We used a little less nondairy milk than was called for, fearing a full cup would make it come out soupy, but I think we could have put all of it in without a problem.  For the crust, my mom updated her traditional recipe to use whole wheat pastry flour, non-hydrogenated shortening, and agave nectar.

pumpkin pie slice

I’m not much of a pie eater, but even I enjoyed this!  It set up well and the balance of spices was very good.  Add a little nondairy whipped “cream,” and viola!  A new Thanksgiving dessert tradition.

Question for the comments: What dish(es) did you give a vegan makeover to this Thanksgiving?


About the Author:

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. jessy  November 27, 2010

    totally gonna have to give the vegweb thanksgiving dressing a whirl. so awesome on more vegan eats on the table this year. yay! this year we decided to make pumpkin pie as well – we used the recipe from The Vegetarian Times (the recipe is online as well) and it turned out really well, we even subbed sugar for the sugar syrup. that’s awesome that Bryranna’s pumpkin pie was so delicious – it looks wonderful, and so does your mom’s crust. mmmmmmm! hooray for another new vegan thanksgiving tradition!

    • Sam  November 27, 2010

      That dressing recipe is amazing. 🙂 We took it to a church potluck both last year and this year, and it was a huge hit!

  2. Vegan Version  November 27, 2010

    Nice! my omni family had a totally vegan Thanksgiving with the sole exception of a small turkey breast. We are getting there.

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