This best Vegan Pecan Pie recipe is everyone’s favorite pie thanks to the indulgently sweet filling. This eggless pecan pie is made with simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. It’s a classic recipe given a southern twist with a little rum. Don’t worry, it will evaporate while baking, leaving a richly flavored, gooey dessert.
You can make this easy pecan pie recipe without corn syrup by using maple syrup instead. Consider this simple oatmeal pie crust too.
Pie for the Win!
Vegans and pie go together like, well, hmm, now that I think about it, I don’t think most people associate the two very much at all. That’s all about to change. I had to find a way to make a pecan pie vegan. And now I’m sharing the results with you!
Is pecan pie vegan?
A typical pecan pie is not vegan because the filling is made with eggs and oftentimes the crust will be made with lard. I know what you’re thinking — gross! But no worries, a vegan pecan pie is just as amazing as the standard pecan pie!
I’ve been focused on vegan pies lately. In fact, I started it all off with this post Should Vegan Eats Pie? It’s a great question that needs an answer. And then I followed that up with our instructional How to Make Foolproof Flaky Vegan Pie Crust. In order to make the best Pecan Pie recipe, you have to start with the best crust ever!
I asked the Namely Marly Facebook Group what kind of pie they’d most like to see veganized. Because, you know, I’ve already created a vegan version of the family-favorite Banana Cream Pie. What’s left after that? 🤔
A recipe for pecan pie without eggs was the most popular answer. I have to admit…I agree. Pecan pies have always been one of my favorites but my goal was to make this homemade pecan pie recipe without eggs easy too!
How to Make Pecan Pie
The list of ingredients for this dairy free pecan pie and the filing is nothing you haven’t seen before. Well, except for the tofu.
A lot of Thanksgiving day pies, even when they’re vegetarian, are made with eggs and we vegans don’t choose to cook with eggs. Sometimes I think if more people really thought about what eggs are, the reproductive system of a chicken, maybe they wouldn’t want to eat eggs either.
Otherwise, in this eggless pie you’ll find:
- Vegan pecan pie crust — I typically use my easy vegan pie crust.
- Corn syrup — or sub with maple syrup
- Cornstarch — it’s a great thickener
- Vegan Butter
You can add about 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips to make a vegan chocolate pecan pie!
Overview of Making this Pie
The complete recipe with ingredient quantities is below. for now, here’s a birdseye view of the process for making this pie:
- Make the Vegan Pie Dough — Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour or so.
- Roll out the pie dough. Make a circle that’s about 12″ in diameter. Transfer the dough into a 9×2″ pie dish. Blind bake the crust.
- Make the Pecan Pie Filling. Pour the filling into the baked pie crust.
- Bake. Place a pie crust shield around the edges of the crust to prevent them from getting overly brown. If the entire pie appears to be browning, simply tent a piece of foil over the whole pie.
- Serve. The pie will need at least 30 minutes to cool. However, it’s amazing when served warm or at room temperature. I love topping it with Coconut Whipped Cream or even a scoop of Vegan Ice Cream.
Blind baking a pie crust means to bake the crust without the filling. This helps create a crispier, flakier crust.
The simple vegan pecan pie filling is gluten-free, but you’ll need to use a gluten free crust to make this a vegan gluten free pecan pie recipe.
Yes, this is a Karo syrup pecan pie recipe. That’s because Karo is so easily available, affordable, and produces a perfect consistency for this eggless pecan pie filling. If you don’t want to use corn syrup, you can substitute maple syrup.
Is Pecan Pie Healthy?
Ok, pecan pie ingredients aside, my favorite thing about Vegan Pecan Pie is it’s cholesterol free. And yes, there’s some sugar and fat involved, but there’s no doubt that pecans have lots of nutrition.
Is this a healthy pecan pie recipe? Well, I wouldn’t go that far! It is made without eggs which is great, but there’s still a lot of sugar. That said, everything in moderation is a great motto, especially around the holidays! So, I am not trying to say this is health food, but there are at least some redeeming qualities.
How to Make Sure Vegan Pecan Pie Sets
Vegan pecan pie recipes use thickeners to make sure the pie sets. In this recipe, we’re using cornstarch as a thickener. After testing several options, cornstarch offered the best texture. The pie may come out of the oven slightly jiggly, but will thicken as it cools.
What is the filling in pecan pie?
A classic pecan pie filling is made of eggs, syrup, and pecans. So, what are good egg substitutes for pecan pie? Interestingly enough, it’s tofu. I know! It’s such a game changer!
How to tell if pecan pie is done?
Bake this vegan pecan pie for one hour, until the edges are set. There might be a slight jiggly to the center, but not much. You can insert a butter knife in the center and it should come out clean.
Remove the pie from the oven and set aside to cool. The pie will continue to solidify as it cools.
Should pecan pie be served warm?
You should allow your pecan pie to cool completely before serving it, to allow the center to solidify. You can serve individual slices warm or at room temperature, based on your preference.
Should I refrigerate pecan pie?
Once your pecan pie has cooled, cover it and refrigerate it, unless you plan to eat it immediately. Once it’s been refrigerated, you can serve individual slices cold, or heat it up in 10-second increments in the microwave.
I Love Baking Pies
Lately I’ve been working on being a little more mindful in my day. That means actually paying attention to the thing I’m doing rather than the thousand directions my head can take me in a single minute. I think my thoughts can whir faster than a speeding bullet sometimes.
But there is some benefit to quieting the mind. I find baking pies helps. I put on some good music and really focus in on what I’m doing. It’s like the zen of pie. Hmm. That might be a good title for next year’s pie week!
We topped the egg free pecan pie with some delicious Vegan Whipped Cream. The good news is you can make your own, or you can even buy some vegan “cool whip” at the store these days too.
Can you tell how passionate I am about this no egg pecan pie? You’ll definitely want this on your Thanksgiving or holiday dessert table.
Easy Pie Recipes
Do you love easy vegan pecan pie but want more easy pie recipes too? You’re in luck because here are some amazing vegan pie recipe ideas:
- Check out the graham cracker crust on this Vegan Key Lime Pie
- Everyone loves this Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie
- A classic favorite, this Coconut Meringue Pie is so delicious!
- This Chocolate Meringue Pie is stunning!
- I’ve curated a roundup of Vegan Pies from all my favorite food blog friends!
I know, that’s a lot of of pie talk, and it’s all oh so delicious!
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!
Vegan Pecan Pie
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare the pie crust as directed in the link above and roll it out to about 1/8″ thickness and place in a 9″ pie pan. Crimp the edges of the pie and use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust several times. Bake the crust 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
- In a saucepan combine the vegan butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and corn starch. Stir and cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for another minute. Add the salt, rum and vanilla and stir to combine.
- In a food processor, add the silken tofu and pulse until smooth. Add the corn syrup mixture and pulse again until everything is combined. Add the pecans (reserving about 20 – 50 for the top**) and give it a few quick pulses to roughly chop the pecans. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Arrange the reserved pecans on top of the filling.
- Place a cookie sheet on the bottom rack of your oven and place your pie on the cookie sheet. Bake for about one hour, until the edges of the pie are set. The center might still be a little jiggly. That’s alright. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
- Serve with Vegan Whipped Cream. Forks are nice too, but optional.
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.