Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

4.87 from 30 votes

Vegan sweet potato pie is a rich, creamy dessert made with coconut milk and warm fall spices. It's a lighter take on a classic dessert and perfect for the holidays!

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This Vegan Sweet Potato Pie has the same velvety smooth, perfectly spiced filling as the original—just without the eggs and dairy! With the help of cornstarch paired with coconut milk, you still get that custard-like texture that everyone loves. Whether you make this vegan sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving or just because it’s sure to be a hit.

Vegan sweet potato pie in glass pie dish with a few slices cut.
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If you’re looking for a plant-based option for your holiday celebration, you can’t do better than this vegan sweet potato pie. Since sweet potato pie has a denser, creamier texture, it works in our favor when we’re making a vegan version. Plus, flavor-wise, sweet potato pie offers a little more natural sweetness than pumpkin, with a lot more depth. This, paired with a buttery, flaky crust, makes for a festive dessert that everyone at the table will love—whether or not they’re vegan!

Why you’ll love this Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

  • Nutrition-packed: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium, which means you can sneak a little nutrition into your dessert.
  • Vegan-friendly (but everyone will love it!): The use of plant-based ingredients ensures this pie is 100% vegan, but it so closely matches the original that everyone will enjoy it. You won’t have to make multiple desserts to accommodate vegans and non-vegans!
  • Flavorful: The combination of sweet potatoes and cozy spices creates a rich, complex flavor that sets this pie apart from your standard pumpkin pie, where the flavor mostly comes from the spices you add.
  • Easy to make: With a simple list of ingredients—no pricy or hard-to-find vegan ingredients needed!—and instructions, this pie is easy to whip up in your own kitchen.

Ingredients to make Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients for recipe in individual bowls: coconut milk, brown sugar, sweet potato chunks, cornstarch, vanilla, vegan butter, spices, flour, and salt.

You’ll find the full ingredient list and quantities in the recipe card below!

For the vegan crust

  • All-purpose flour: Be sure to lightly spoon this into the measuring cup instead of scooping it.
  • Granulated sugar: You only need a small amount, since most of the sweetness in this vegan sweet potato pie recipe is from the filling!
  • Salt: Just a bit for balance.
  • Unsalted vegan butter: Freeze the butter, then cut it into cubes.
  • Ice cold water: This, along with the frozen butter, helps you get that perfect flaky texture.

Ingredient for vegan sweet potato pie filling

  • Sweet potatoes: Peel the potatoes and cut them into uniform sizes.
  • Full-fat coconut milk: You’ll only need the cream at the top. You can use the coconut water left in the can for smoothies—it’s great for using with Freezer Smoothie Packs!
  • Light brown sugar: Light brown sugar has a milder flavor than dark brown, which means it won’t compete with the other flavors in our filling.
  • Vanilla extract: This contributes to that cozy fall flavor.
  • Warm spices: Ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  • Salt: Again, this balances and enhances the overall flavor.
  • Cornstarch: For a thick, silky smooth sweet potato filling.
  • Make it gluten-free: Use a gluten-free flour blend for the crust instead of all-purpose flour. Be sure it’s a measure-for-measure substitute formulated for baking, though, and not a single flour like coconut or almond flour.
  • Switch up the spices: You can swap all the spices for an equivalent amount of pumpkin pie spice, or create your own custom blend with other fall favorites like cloves and cardamom.
  • Bake the potatoes: For even more natural sweetness, you can bake the sweet potatoes until they’re tender. If you do this, you may want to dial back the brown sugar in the recipe; start with a smaller amount, taste, and add more if needed. (Luckily, since this is a vegan sweet potato pie, it’s perfectly safe to taste the filling as you go!)

How to make Sweet Potato Pie

If you don’t have time to make this entire recipe in one go, you can make the crust first and then prepare the filling later. The sweet potatoes can also be boiled in advance.

How to make vegan pie crust

  1. Add the flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor, then pulse to combine. Drop in the cold cubed butter. 
  2. Pulse again, until the mixture is crumbly. 
  3. Slowly pour in the ice water and continue to pulse until a dough ball forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and pat it into a flat disc. Wrap it up and refrigerate.
  5. Unwrap the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle flour over the dough, then lay wax paper on top of the disc and roll it out to a circle.
  6. Transfer the dough to a pie plate, lightly pressing into the dish. Trim off any excess dough and crimp edges, if desired. Prick the bottom a with a fork and freeze.
6 image collage making recipe: 1- flour and cubed butter in the bowl of a food processor before processing, 2- after processing into a small crumb, 3- after water added to show shaggy dough, 4- dough flatten into a disc and wrapped in plastic, 5- rolled out thin, 6- pressed and shaped into a glass pie plate.

Fill and bake The sweet potato pie

  1. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and remaining filling ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Process the filling until smooth. 
  3. Pour the pie filling into the prepared pie crust and smooth the top.
  4. Bake until the center is slightly jiggly and the edges will be set.
4 image collage making recipe filling: 1- ingredients in a food processor before processing, 2- after to show smooth consistency, 3- added to pie crust before baking 4- after baking.

Tips for making the best Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

  1. Choose the right sweet potatoes: Opt for orange flesh sweet potatoes, which are moist and naturally sweet. White and purple sweet potatoes are delicious but not as good for making pie!
  2. Freeze the butter: While a traditional pie crust will have you use chilled butter, I recommend freezing it instead. Some vegan butter has a softer texture than dairy butter, so freezing the butter will keep it from fully incorporating into the other pie crust ingredients—which is how you get a flaky crust. 
  3. Serve it chilled: As mentioned above, you can serve this pie warm, but I really prefer it chilled. This makes it easy to cut clean slices too!
Slice of vegan sweet potato pie on a plate with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

How to store & reheat

This vegan sweet potato pie is excellent for making in advance. While leftovers will last quite a while in the fridge, to make sure your pie is as fresh as possible, I wouldn’t make it more than a day or two in advance for Thanksgiving or another celebration.

How long will Vegan Sweet Potato Pie last in the fridge?

Vegan sweet potato pie will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly.

Can i freeze Vegan Sweet Potato Pie?

Yes, you can freeze this vegan sweet potato pie. Once it has cooled completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of foil. (If you’re freezing leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container.) The pie can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, then thawed in the refrigerator before serving.

Frequently asked questions


How do you keep sweet potato pie crust from getting soggy?

Dry the potatoes well before adding them to the food processor to make the filling. You don’t want any extra moisture in the filling, or it will seep into the crust!


Can I use canned sweet potatoes for this pie?

I recommend fresh sweet potatoes for the best flavor and texture, but canned sweet potatoes can be used in a pinch. Just make sure they’re pure sweet potatoes, without anything else added.


What is the difference between sweet potato and yam pie?

Sweet potatoes and yams are actually two different vegetables, but in the United States, it’s common to call sweet potatoes yams. So, yam pie is usually referred to as sweet potato pie! 

Close up of sweet potato pie with a fork bite taken out to show texture.

Vegan sweet potato pie is a delicious alternative to traditional pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving celebration. With its creamy texture and warm, cozy spices, it’s the perfect addition to any holiday meal or gathering—and you don’t even have to be vegan to enjoy it!

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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Vegan sweet potato pie is a rich, creamy dessert made with coconut milk and warm fall spices. It's a lighter take on a classic dessert and perfect for the holidays!
4.9 from 30 votes
Servings 8 servings
Course Dessert
Calories 393
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
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Ingredients
  

For the vegan pie crust:

Sweet Potato Pie Filling

  • 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes about 2 large, or 3 cups mashed, peeled and cubed
  • ¾ cups full-fat coconut milk using the hardened cream
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

Vegan Pie Crust

  • Add flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor. Pulse 2-3 times to combine. Add cold cubed butter and continue to pulse 7-8 times until crumbly. Slowly pour in ice cold water and continue to pulse until a dough ball forms.
  • Transfer dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Form into a ball and press into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the disc from the fridge and lightly flour a clean surface. Place the disc on top and sprinkle again with more flour. Lay wax paper on top of the disc and roll out to a 12-inch circle. Transfer dough to a 10-inch pie plate, lightly pressing into the dish. Trim off excess dough and crimp edges, if desired. Prick the base of the crust a few times with a fork and place in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

Sweet Potato Pie Filling

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, spread out on a flat surface and allow to dry completely.
  • Add cooked sweet potatoes and remaining ingredients to a food processor (stand mixer or whisk/bowl would also work) and process until smooth, about 10 seconds. Pour pie filling into prepared pie crust and smooth out the top.
  • Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking for 35-40 more minutes. The center will still be slightly jiggly and the edges will be set.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely on a cooling rack, about 1 hour. Enjoy after it cools, or for best results, transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours.

Notes

How to store & reheat
This vegan sweet potato pie is excellent for making in advance. While leftovers will last quite a while in the fridge, up to 5 days to make sure your pie is as fresh as possible, I wouldn’t make it more than a day or two in advance for Thanksgiving or another celebration.
To freeze let it cool completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of foil. The pie can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, and then thawed in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 393kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 2g, Sodium: 361mg, Potassium: 394mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 12067IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Diet: Vegan
Cuisine American
Course: Dessert

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  1. Brianna says:

    This was so amazing! Was looking for a recipe like this and it defiantly lives up to my expectations🫶❤️😊

    1. Yumna says:

      Yay, so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Norbie says:

    Love this vegan alternative to pumpkin pie.
    A definite add in to our recipe collection.
    Thank you!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much, Norbie!

  3. Jake says:

    That’s an interesting twist with the coconut milk, I’d love to try this

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think when you make it!

      1. Kassandra says:

        I’m a vegetarian, and I really like that this recipe is vegan, but it doesn’t taste like it! 😉 I love sweet potatoes, and this pie is very simple to put together, super creamy and delicious!

        1. Yumna J. says:

          Thank you so much, Kassandra!!

  4. Dianna says:

    I love pumpkin pie, but this sounds delish! I’ll have to give this a try …

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think when you make it!

  5. Topher says:

    This looks so delicious!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think when you make it!

  6. Thelma A says:

    I LOVE sweet potato pie, and an old boyfriend’s grandma used to make a vegan version for me years ago. I have to say, this rivals her version and she’s been making sweet potato pies for decades!
    I made this for the day after Thanksgiving as I had lot of sweet potatoes left, and yummmm! Only change I made to the recipe was leaving the cornstarch out…I subbed tapioca flour.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Love the idea of using the tapioca flour! So glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Joana says:

    Got to try it for christmas!!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      I hope you love it!! You’ll have to come back and let me know what you think after you make it!

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