Vegan Pumpkin Crisp

It’s the first day of November so you know what that means? It’s no longer cool to carve pumpkins and leave them out on the front porch. Nope. Now the only thing we can do with pumpkins is eat them. Um, I don’t know about you but this little change in strategy is fine by me. I personally think eating pumpkins is something I do quite well. We all need to have a calling in life…who knows, that might just be mine! So I’ll begin the pumpkin eating tradition with today’s recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Crisp.

Indulge yourself with this Easy Vegan Pumpkin Crisp and you'll be rewarded with a tender, pumpkin filled center, with a delicious crust and crumbly topping!

Recipe Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Pumpkin puree — You’ll need 1 15 oz can of plain pumpkin puree
  • Full-fat coconut milk — I look for coconut milk with at least 12–15 grams of fat
  • Brown sugar — You can use light or dark, or make homemade brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cornstarch
  • Yellow Cake Mix — Look at the ingredients to make sure the cake mix is made without eggs or dairy (You can also use Spice Cake Mix)
  • Vegan butter — My favorite is Earth Balance
  • Chopped pecans.

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Crisp

If you are wondering how to make this special Vegan Pumpkin Crisp, you’ve come to the right place. Just follow these instructions and you’re good to go!

Step One: Make Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • Combine Ingredients — Combine the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, sugars, cornstarch, and spices in a bowl. Stir vigorously to combine. If your coconut milk is somewhat solid, you can use a mixer or food processor to make this step faster. Or, heat the coconut milk in the microwave for 20–30 seconds to make it smoother.
  • Pour — Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Step Two: Crumble Topping

  • Sprinkle Cake Mix — Open the box of cake mix and distribute it equally across the top of the pumpkin mixture. 
  • Drizzle Butter — Drizzle the top of the cake mix with the melted vegan butter. Then top with chopped pecans.

Step Three: Bake

Remove the dish from the oven and set it aside to cool for 10–20 minutes. Be sure to serve warm slices with a dollop of favorite non-dairy ice cream, like Vegan No-Churn Ice Cream or this Coconut Whipped Cream.

We had some family in town recently and I love it when that happens. More victims, I mean taste testers. I had to make this recipe twice to get it right, but no one seemed to mind. I guess they share my love of pumpkin too.

And it’s not as if the first batch was disgusting. Trust me, I have made my share of disgusting before. I recall the time I made a cake and forgot the sugar. It was not pretty.

No, the first batch of this Vegan Pumpkin Crisp wasn’t missing any key ingredients and it tasted fine…it just needed a little pizzazz. If you look up “pizzazz” in the dictionary, I’m sure it will list “Crumble Topping” because it definitely provides “an attractive combination of vitality and glamor” to most recipes.

Warm, delicious Pumpkin Crisp is best served with ice cream

And this recipe allows me to add another one to my list of 100 Things to Do with Chickpeas. I know. Chickpeas. Who’d have thought? But it works. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll just have to make this recipe for yourself. Of course, you could also just ask my family.

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Warm, delicious Pumpkin Crisp is best served with ice cream

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Crisp

Indulge yourself with this Easy Vegan Pumpkin Crisp and you’ll be rewarded with a tender, pumpkin filled center, with a delicious crust and crumbly topping!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Vegan Pumpkin Crisp, Pumpkin Crisp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

Crumble Topping

  • 1 Package of Yellow or Spice Cake Mix* (see notes)
  • ½ cup vegan butter melted
  • ½ cup chopped pecan

Instructions

For the Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 X 12 baking pan by giving it a light coating of vegetable spray.
  • Combine the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, sugars, cornstarch, and spices in a bowl. Stir vigorously to combine. If your coconut milk is somewhat solid, you can use a mixer or food processor to make this step faster. Or, heat the coconut milk in the microwave for 20–30 seconds to make it smoother.
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish.

For the Crumble Topping

  • Open the box of cake mix and distribute it equally across the top of the pumpkin mixture.
  • Drizzle the top of the cake mix with the melted vegan butter. Then top with chopped pecans.
  • Bake for 40 minutes until the center is set and the topping is golden brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and set aside to cool for 10–20 minutes. Serve while still warm with a dollop of your favorite non-dairy ice cream or vegan whipped cream.

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Notes

Regarding the cake mix, use either a yellow or spice cake mix, whichever one you want, but check the label to make sure it does not contain dairy products or eggs.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Crisp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Sodium 58mg2%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4700IU94%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Vegan Pumpkin Crisp

  1. What would you recommend as a substitute for the chickpeas in this recipe? Chickpeas are NOT my friend, unfortunately! Would the texture be horribly off with a can of pumpkin puree and a can of pumpkin pie mix?

    • Hi Mandy. I used the chickpeas as a replacement for the milk that you might find in a typical pumpkin pie recipe. So, as a replacement you could substitute a 15oz package of tofu. Just whip it up in a food processor until it’s smooth. That should work just fine!

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