Vegan Pecan Pie

My homemade Vegan Pecan Pie recipe is simple, sweet, and delicious. You’ll see why it’s everyone’s favorite pie thanks to the indulgently-sweet filling infused with pecans. 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.

Looking for more vegan pie crust options? Consider this simple oatmeal pie crust, too.

A slice of vegan pecan pie sits on a white plate with a fork beside it. A bowl of whipped cream and the rest of the pie is behind it.

What You Need

The list of ingredients for this vegan pecan pie is nothing you haven’t seen before. Well, except for the tofu. But the tofu is easy to work with (much easier than cooking with eggs).

  • Vegan pecan pie crust — I typically use my easy vegan pie crust.
  • Pecans — Pecan halves work best, and I buy these in bulk at Costco.
  • Corn syrup — Yes, this is a Karo syrup pecan pie recipe. That’s because Karo is so easily available, affordable, and produces a perfect consistency for the filling. If you don’t want to use corn syrup, you can substitute maple syrup.
  • Cornstarch — it’s a great thickener for vegan pies.
  • Sugar
  • Vegan Butter — We want a rich, buttery flavor, and I use vegan butter (I typically use Earth Balance) to do the trick.
  • Rum — A little rum added to the filling adds flavor and the alcohol bakes off as it cooks, leaving a richly flavored, gooey dessert
  • Silken Tofu — I’m using silken tofu as an egg replacer, and it creates a creamy filling.

Marly’s Tips

You can add about 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips to make a vegan chocolate pecan pie!

How to Make Vegan Pecan Pie

A lot of Thanksgiving day pies, even when they’re vegetarian, are made with eggs and we vegans choose not to cook with eggs. What I’ve learned since going vegan is how unnecessary eggs are for so many recipes. It’s even easier to cook without eggs.

The complete recipe with ingredient quantities is below. for now, here’s a birdseye view of the process for making this vegan pecan pie:

  1. Make the Vegan Pie Dough — Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour or so.
  2. 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.
  3. Make the Pecan Pie Filling. Pour the filling into the baked pie crust.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 baking the crust without the filling. This helps create a crispier, flakier crust.

Looking at a slice of pie with whipped cream on top and a fork holding a bite in front of it.

The simple vegan pecan pie filling is gluten-free. However, you’ll need a gluten-free crust to make this into a vegan gluten-free pecan pie recipe. You can use gluten-free flour in the crust.

Vegan Pies

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 thanks to this vegan pecan pie.

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 a pecan pie vegan and easy to make, too.

Ingredients for a pie sit on a white marble counter top, including vegan butter, pecans, and more.

Frequently-Asked Questions

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.

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 your vegan pecan pie for one hour, until the edges are set. There might be a slight jiggle 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 it aside to cool. The pie will continue to solidify as it cools.

Should Pecan Pie be Served Warm?

Allow your pecan pie to cool completely before serving it to let the center firm up. After that, 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.

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 are nutritious. Is this a healthy pie? It is made without eggs which is great, but there’s still a lot of sugar. That said, everything in moderation, especially around the holidays! So, I am not trying to say this is a healthy food, but there are at least some redeeming qualities.

Pouring the custard into the prepared pie crust.

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.

Looking down on a whole pecan pie with a slice cut out and a bit of whipped cream on top.

Reader Reviews

★★★★★
Excellent pie! I used pure maple syrup and omitted rum. Won 3rd place in a pie cookoff!

Sue

★★★★★
I’ve made this twice now (and will be making it again today in preparation for Thanksgiving), and it’s just incredible! My non-vegan boyfriend loves it.

Miki
A vegan pecan pie, with the pecans decorating the top of the pie.

We topped vegan pecan pie slices with some delicious Vegan Whipped Cream. The good news is you can make your own, or you can even buy some dairy-free “cool whip” at the store these days too.

Two slices of pie sit on an old, creamy white platter, with two forks beside it.

More Easy Pie Recipes

Do you love this easy vegan pecan pie and now you want even more pie ideas? You’re in luck because here are some amazing vegan pie recipes:

Here are even more stunning Vegan Pies you’ll want to make.

Looking down on a pecan pie with a slice cut out and ready to be served. vegan whipped cream.
Looking at a slice of pie with whipped cream on top and a fork holding a bite in front of it.

Vegan Pecan Pie

Everyone's favorite pie, this vegan pecan pie is made with simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. You'll be enjoying it in no time!
4.83 from 34 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 424kcal

Ingredients

  • Foolproof Vegan Pie Crust
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup (see notes)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch (see notes)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon rum (you can increase this to 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup silken tofu (see notes)
  • 2 cups whole pecans toasted*
  • Coconut Whipped Cream , optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
  • Prepare the pie crust, roll it out to about 1/8" thickness, and place it in a 9" pie pan. Crimp the edges and use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust several times. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove it from the oven and set it 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 to 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.

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Notes

* Toast pecans by placing them on a baking sheet and bake them in your heated oven (at 350°F/175°C) for around 5 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
** For the photo above I used about 50 pecans for the top of the pie. However, you may choose different patterns to adorn the top of your pie, therefore requiring fewer pecans.
On the tofu. I use extra-firm silken tofu, but I know that’s not always easy to find (see the comments for more on this), so you can use any form of silken tofu in this recipe. In fact, you might also be able to use soft regular tofu. To learn more about tofu and the different styles, see my post on Tofu Buying Guide
Whatever form of tofu you use, there’s no need to press it for this recipe.
Regarding Cornstarch. You can do anything between 2 to 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. If you want a softer, gooey pecan pie filling, go with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. If you prefer a more firm filling, go with 4 tablespoons.
If you don’t want to use corn syrup, substitute that with maple syrup or even agave nectar instead.
Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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.

This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

127 Responses to Vegan Pecan Pie

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKrista Bowers Reply

    I can’t have soy. Is there something I could sub for the tofu?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Krista. Thanks for your note! I want to let you know I have only tested this recipe with the silken tofu. However, I do want to provide you something to consider. You could consider using a non-soy vegan cream cheese (I believe Miyoko’s is made without soy). The cream cheese will add flavor, but I think the sweetness of the pie combined with the cream cheese would be a delightful combination.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAnne Reply

    Can tie pie be made ahead and frozen?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Anne. Absolutely! You can either freeze the whole pie or cut them into individual slices and use a freezer bag.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAnne

      Thank you! Do you know how many cups your pie pan holds (or how many cups of filling this makes)? My glass Pyrex pie pans with the scalloped edge may be considered “deep dish” so I want to measure before rolling out pie crust. Thanks.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCasey Reply

    Hi Marly, apologies in advance if this has already been asked answered. In your notes it says if you’re not wanting to use corn syrup you could use maple syrup. I would like to opt for this, but I’m wondering if or how much this will change the consistency? I’m discovering that I’m very into texture when it comes to my food and how I enjoy it and I’ve been missing that thick gooeyness from the traditional pecan pies I grew up with. Would maple syrup mimic that texture?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Casey. I’m with you in that I’m all about consistency. Of course, I’m sure what makes a “perfect” consistency can be different from one person to the next. And for me, it can also be about my moods. Sometimes I like my mashed potatoes smooth and other times I like them thick with lots of potato bits. Go figure! As far as this pie is concerned, I find the consistency with maple syrup to be pretty similar to corn syrup. I think that’s because of the starch used as a thickener. I hope this is helpful!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySara Reply

    5 stars
    It’s so good I was like, “Did someone swap my pie for a dairy-laden pie?”

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I love it, Sara! I keep wondering when the result of the world will realize that dairy is not necessary for desserts! 🙂

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRichard Reply

    Hi! Any tips for making this recipe as mini pies using large muffin baking tins? Thanks!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Richard. I sent you an email with my thoughts on this. I hope that’s helpful!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRichard Reply

    I’ve made this pie about 7 times in the last year, and everyone loves it!
    Pecan pie was my favorite dessert as a kid, and you brought it back into my life with this vegan version!
    I want to share the love this holiday and was wondering if you had any suggestions for turning these into mini pies by using a large muffin tin.
    Would love to hear your thoughts!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCarol Reply

    5 stars
    I made this pie for Thanksgiving. It was delish! I used maple syrup and regular Silken tofu. Very easy and my vegan daughter was delighted with pecan pie for dessert! I will make this again!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Carol. I’m so glad you and your vegan daughter liked this pie. It’s our favorite pie for the holidays too!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyG E Reply

    5 stars
    This pie was excellent! I made it for my father who has allergies to milk and egg, and this turned into an excellent pie! one of the people eating it couldn’t tell that there was tofu in it, so you can definitely make it for any crowd.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi G E. I’m so glad to hear that you and others liked this pie! And what a nice treat for your dad with his allergies. Sending you all virtual hugs!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRenee Reply

    Hello Marly, My daughter is vegan and I was afraid I wouldn’t have a dessert for her. Just too busy to bake from scratch. Then I stumbled on this and am excited enough to try it. I’m sure it will be great . But, I just wanted to say how impressed I am with YOU. you’ve responded in detail to every comment here, even handling potential criticism with humor and grace. You must be a wonderful person.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Renee,
      First, I have to say I love your name. Second, your note is so lovely and just made my day. It is my goal to strike a balance between being as compassionate and kind as possible while at the same time standing up for myself (and for others) when needed. I wrote your name on my gratitude list last night and will probably do that again tonight — that’s just how happy it made me. Sending hugs to you and your daughter! ❤️

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarie Reply

    I am pregnant and do not want to add the rum to this recipe. What can I substitute? Thank you very much!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Marie. You can substitute vanilla extract if you’d like. I hope you enjoy this pie as much as we do!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTricia

      If adding vegan chocolate chips would work with this recipe, what amount would you recommend?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Tricia. I personally find that 1/2 cup of chocolate chips works great.

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