Vegan Cherry Pie

This delicious vegan cherry pie is made with a flaky crust and rich, sweet cherry filling. A secret ingredient creates a perfectly firm filling that won’t seep across the plate. This classic cherry pie will soon be your new favorite.

A slice of vegan cherry pie sits on a plate with a scoop of ice cream on top. There is a bowl of cherries and the rest of the pie in the background.

Can you imagine sitting down to a slice of vegan cherry pie for dessert? You know I love my vegan desserts. And vegan pies are definitely an area where I excel. You know what they say; focus on what you love!

The thing with any fruit pie recipe is getting that filling set. You want it to be juicy, while at the same time not running all over the plate. I’ve mastered the perfect cherry filling recipe, and I can’t wait for you to try it!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • COLORFUL — You’ll love the bright color of cherries in every slice!
  • CROWD-FAVORITE — Everyone loves a cherry pie, so serving this at parties will be a hit!
  • MAKE-AHEAD — Because this pie is freezer-friendly, it’s easy to make it ahead, freeze it, and then thaw before your big event!
Ingredients are laid out on a white counter. The labels next to them read, chia seeds, food coloring, sugar, cherries, cornstarch, vegan butter, lemon juice.

What You Need

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:

  • Pie Crust — I use one recipe of my Foolproof Pie Crust.
  • Cherries — You’ll need around 6 cups of frozen cherries.
  • Granulated sugar — I used frozen black cherries. If you’re using sour cherries, you’ll want to add a bit more sugar.
  • Lemon juice — Adding a little bit of lemon juice adds just a bit of tartness.
  • Cornstarch — Cornstarch is the perfect thickener for this pie filling.
  • Vanilla extract — You’ll need a bit of vanilla extract.
  • Chia seeds — The chia seed is my secret ingredient to the perfect, firm berry pie filling. The trick is to grind the chia seeds before adding them to the rest of the filling. That way you don’t get those tiny seeds stuck between your teeth.
  • Butter — We’ll use vegan butter, cut into small cubes.
  • Food coloring — If you want that distinctively red pie filling, a couple of drops of organic red food coloring helps.
  • Vegan egg wash — To achieve a shiny golden crust, brushing the crust with vegan egg wash does the trick.

How to Make Vegan Cherry Pie

  1. Prepare the pie crust, roll one out, transfer it to a 9-inch pie pan, and refrigerate. 
  2. Pit cherries and cut them in half. Add the lemon juice and stir.
    Two hands are cutting cherries in half, over a bowl full of frozen cherries.
  3. Add lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and ground chia seeds. Stir to combine.
    A hand holds a bowl of sugar, pouring it into a bowl of cherries. There is a bowl of ground flax seed nearby.
  4. Are you adding food coloring? If so, stir it in now.
    A hand holds a spatula, stirring cherry pie filling.
  5. Spoon the cherry filling into the pie pan.
    Cherry pie filling is being spooned into an unbaked crust.
  6. Add the vegan butter cubes.
    A hand places butter cubes over a fruit pie filling.
  7. Add the lattice topping.
    Strips of dough have been added on top of a berry pie.
  8. Brush the top crust with vegan egg wash.
    A hand holds a pastry brush, brushing vegan egg wash over a lattice pie. There is a bowl with yellow liquid on the top right.
  9. Bake the pie for 50 minutes, adding a crust shield to make sure the edges don’t burn.
  10. Set aside the baked pie to cool for at least 2 hours.
Looking down on a lattice-crust cherry pie with fresh cherries and a bowl of fresh cherries beside it.

Roll out the dough discs into approximately 12-inch circles. Carefully place one in the pie pan.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is cherry filling made of?

Cherry filling is made by combining frozen or fresh pitted cherries with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. You will need to increase the sugar if you’re using sour cherries.

Is cherry pie vegan?

You should assume the average cherry pie is not vegan because the crust may be made with butter or lard. However, read the labels because some pie crusts are made without butter or lard.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this vegan cherry pie with your favorite toppings, such as:

Storage Tips

Let the pie come to room temperature. For the whole pie, leave it in the pie pan and top with plastic wrap (or any pie cover you have). This can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Cut individual slices and place them in a container where they can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

A slice of vegan cherry pie sits on a plate with a fresh cherry next to it. There is a bowl of cherries and another slice of pie in the background.

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A slice of vegan cherry pie has a dollop of ice cream on top. There's a bowl of fresh cherries in the background.

Vegan Cherry Pie

This delicious vegan cherry pie is made with a flaky crust and rich, full cherry filling. This classic cherry pie will soon be a new favorite.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Foolproof Pie Crust
  • 5 ½ cups cherries (I used frozen, see notes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • vegan egg wash

Instructions

For the Pie Crust

  • Prepare the pie crust according to the directions. Portion the dough into two balls, cover with plastic wrap, and chill.
  • When the dough balls are chilled, roll them out on a floured surface into 12-inch diameter circles. Transfer one to a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan and refrigerate to chill. Transfer the other flat, rolled-out pie dough to a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

For the Cherry Pie Filling

  • Prepare the cherries by pitting them cutting them in half. Add the lemon juice and stir.
  • Stir together sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Add the cherries and stir to combine. Add food coloring (if using) and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.
  • Remove the pie pan from the fridge. Spoon the cherry filling into the pan.
  • Get out the second rolled pie dough sheet. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 1/2 inch to 1 inch strips. Use a weaving lattice pattern over the top of the crust (see notes below for lattice tips). Pinch the edges of the crust.
  • Brush the top crust with vegan egg wash for a shiny, golden crust.
  • Bake the pie for 20 to 25 minutes until the crust is formed. Add a crust shield and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Use oven mits to remove the pie from the oven. Set aside for it to cool for at least 2 hours. This cooling process helps the filling to firm up. Serve slices at room temperature or warm them slightly before serving. Top with some vegan ice cream for a nice touch!

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Notes

You can depth of flavor and texture by adding other types of cherries to the mix. For example, try adding a cup of sour cherries to the mix.
For tips on creating a lattice top to your pie, check out this vegan apple pie recipe.
Serving: 1slice | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 5mg

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.

3 Responses to Vegan Cherry Pie

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTracey Reply

    5 stars
    Your instructions made this pie so easy to make. I can’t believe I did it and everyone loved it so much!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBrenda Reply

    5 stars
    Love this pie! Made it with a gluten-free crust and it’s my favorite!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Brenda. So glad you liked this cherry pie…and I love the idea of a GF crust!

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