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 bit of rum.

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

A closeup of a slice of vegan pecan pie on a plate. A bite is sitting on a fork in front of the plate.

I soon discovered that most desserts are made with eggs out of habit. We don’t really need them. There are plenty of ways to make your favorite desserts egg-free, including pecan pie. So, here’s my best egg-free pecan pie recipe!

When I first went vegan there were several recipes I needed to veganize. Many of them came easy to me. But my big question, especially as Thanksgiving rolled around, was could I make a pecan pie without eggs? Everyone knows that filling requires eggs!

How to Make Vegan Pecan Pie

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 to a 9×2″ pie dish. For an extra golden crust, blind-bake the crust.
    A rolling pin sits next to a pie dough disk on a white counter.
  3. Toast the pecans for up to 7 minutes until aromatic.
  4. Make the Pecan Pie Filling by combining brown sugar, cornstarch, and syrup in a saucepan.
    Ingredients like butter, cornstarch, brown sugar, and syrup are in a saucepan.
  5. Heat until simmering. Cook for one minute, then stir in salt, rum, and vanilla.
  6. Add silken tofu to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  7. Add the ingredients from the saucepan and pulse again to combine.
    Syrup from a saucepan is being poured into a food processor with silken tofu.
  8. Reserve some of the pecans for the topping, add the remaining pecans to the food processor, and pulse in short bursts.
    A hand holds a bowl of pecans, adding them to a food processor with a caramel-colored sauce.
  9. Pour the pie filling into the prepared pie crust.
    Pecan pie filling is being poured into a prepared pie crust.
  10. Add pecans in concentric circles to the top of the pie.
    A hand places a pecan on top of a pie, adding them in concentric circles.
  11. Bake the pie until done, around 50 minutes. Place a pie crust shield to prevent it from getting overly brown.
  12. Serve. The pie will need at least 30 minutes to cool. However, it’s fantastic 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. You’ll want to add pie weights to prevent the crust from bubbling. Blind baking helps create a crispier, flakier crust.

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

Key Ingredients

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.
  • Syrup — Yes, this is a Karo syrup pecan pie recipe. That’s because Karo is so readily available, affordable, and produces a perfect consistency for the filling. If you want your vegan pecan with no corn syrup, you can substitute maple syrup, agave, or vegan honey.
  • Cornstarch — it’s an excellent thickener for vegan pies!
  • Sugar — We’re using brown sugar for this recipe. I like using dark brown sugar because of its rich flavor and color, but light brown sugar works, too.
  • 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. Substitute vanilla extract if you don’t want to use rum.
  • 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!

A slice of egg-free pecan pie sits on a plate in front of the rest of the pie.

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 would 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.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Is Pecan Pie Vegan?

A typical pecan pie is not vegan because the filling is made with eggs, and often, the crust will be made with lard. I know what you’re thinking — gross! But no worries, a vegan pecan pie is just as impressive 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 suitable egg substitutes for pecan pie? Interestingly enough, it’s tofu. It creates such a creamy filling, you won’t even miss the eggs!

How to Tell if Pecan Pie is Done?

Bake your vegan pecan pie for approximately 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, which 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 them in 10-second increments in the microwave.

Is Pecan Pie Healthy?

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 should be 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.

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 it 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

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.

More Easy Pie Recipes

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

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

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 eggless pecan pie is made with simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. You'll be enjoying it in no time!
4.86 from 42 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 424kcal

Ingredients

Pecan Pie Filling

  • 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

For the Vegan Crust:

  • 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. If you are not blind baking, refrigerate the crust until you're ready to add the filling.
  • To blind bake: Crimp the edges and use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust several times. Add a piece of parchment paper over the bottom of the crust topped with pie weights. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool.

For the Pecan Pie Filling:

  • 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 40 to 60 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 in concentric circles 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.
  • Feel free to add a pie shield to prevent the crust from getting too dark.
  • Serve with Vegan Whipped Cream. Forks are nice too, but optional.

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Notes

Toasting Pecans

Toast pecans on a baking sheet in your heated oven (350°F/175°C) for around 5 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.

Pecan Topping

For the photo above, I used 50+ pecans for the top of the pie. You may choose different patterns to adorn the top of your pie, requiring fewer pecans.

Crust

You can blind-bake the pie crust or not. Here are tips either way:
  • Either way, roll out the dough, transfer it to a pie pan, and crimp the edges.
  • Not Blind Baking — the crust will turn out a lighter shade of gold on the bottom. Once you’ve done the above step, cover the crust and refrigerate.
  • To Blind Bake — prick the bottom of the crust and lay a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom. Then add pie weights and bake for 20 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Set it aside to cool.

Tofu

I use extra-firm silken tofu, but it’s not always easy to find (see the comments for more on this). You can use any form of silken tofu. You might also be able to use soft regular (non-silken) tofu. To learn more about tofu and the different styles, see my Tofu Buying Guide
Whatever form of tofu you use, drain the packing liquid. There’s no need to press it for this recipe.

Cornstarch

You can use between 2 to 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • For a softer, gooey pecan pie filling — use 2 tablespoons.
  • For a firm pie filling — use 4 tablespoons.

Corn Syrup

If you don’t want to use corn syrup, substitute it with maple syrup or agave nectar.
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 2022.

141 Responses to Vegan Pecan Pie

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCharlie Reply

    5 stars
    This is my favorite pecan pie recipe!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you like it, Charlie!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStephanie Reply

    5 stars
    I made this recipe last year and it was perfect! I haven’t been able to get my hands on silken tofu. Would yogurt work? Or just regualr soft tofu?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’ve had trouble finding it lately, too! When I can’t find it I use regular soft tofu. I don’t think yogurt is firm enough. I would probably consider using vegan cream cheese as a substitute, but it may impart a flavor. Happy holidays to you, Stephanie!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTracey Reply

    I haven’t tried these recipes yet but I would like to know if I could substitute tapioca starch for corn starch. I cannot have corn.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Tracey. I have substituted tapioca or arrowroot in place of cornstarch with similar results. I prefer arrowroot myself, because I find the tapioca to have a gummy consistency, but it will work to thicken the pie filling.

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNeeta Reply

    I don’t have corn starch! Can I substitute all purpose flour? Or do I need to go get corn starch?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Neeta! Flour can be a thickener, but I’m concerned it would leave a dull finish as compared with cornstarch. Besides, I haven’t tested this recipe using flour so I cannot say what the results would be.

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNikki Reply

    5 stars
    This pie was fantastic! Big hit with everyone, vegan or not! We used a mix of the alternatives listed for corn syrup using 1/2 cup agave and 1/4 maple. Used 2 TBSP of cornstarch.

    Honestly, I never really liked pecan pie. This was my sons request and I helped him bake it. This is delicious though, I’m now a fan. This will definitely be added to the family recipe book. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Nikki! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed this pie. And how fun that you made it together!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGenie Reply

    5 stars
    After years of looking for the perfect vegan pecan pie this came in my email. It looked and sounded delicious. It was! Everyone at the table said this is the Best Pecan Pie!!! No more looking, this is now my go to Pecan Pie recipe! I used a store bought gluten free pie crust, I left out the rum and used maple syrup.

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNicole Slack Reply

    5 stars
    I was invited to an early Vegan Thanksgiving. I offer to bring something and I was assigned a dessert! I am a good cook and like to bake but VEGAN! I made the crust and the pecan pie. I was nervous as it was for my son’s future in-laws. It came out perfectly! I used the hard coconut oil in place of lard. I will use these recipes again especially the crust! I was careful not to use my hands to roll out the crust as I know the heat from your hands can affect the outcome.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Nicole! I’m so glad you liked this recipe and that it turned out so well for your current and soon-to-be family. A rolling pin is always a good choice when rolling a pie crust. Wishing y’all the best of the holidays!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAddie Reply

    Hi, is the rum necessary for this recipe? Is there something it could be replaced with?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Addie. You can substitute vanilla extract or simply leave it out. It’s fine either way!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMargaret Reply

    5 stars
    Hi Marly, thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes! My all time favorite nuts are hazelnuts and I’m wondering if you think I could sub those for the pecans in this recipe? If so, would it be possible to add some chocolate?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Margaret! You are making my mouth water! This is an excellent idea and if I had some hazelnuts around I would definitely be trying this right now. I may have to go get some hazelnuts in fact. Here’s how I envision this pie working. I would do a mixture of pecans and hazelnuts. Why? Because the hazelnuts are crunchier and I think you’d want a few softer nuts that the pecans offer. So, I would do this: 1 1/2 cups of pecans + 1/2 cup hazelnuts + 1/2 cup chocolate chips. I hope this is helpful and delivers an amazing pie!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTiffany Reply

    Hi, I was wondering what purpose the tofu serves in this recipe? I’ve never made a vegan pecan pie before and have been looking at tons of recipes, trying to find the perfect one. This recipe caught my eye but I haven’t seen tofu in any other recipes I’ve checked out and I’m curious as to why it’s included. Is it necessary? Would the pie be ruined if I left it out?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Tiffany! Thanks for your note. Regular pecan pie uses eggs to create a filling that sets firm but tender. I’m replacing that with whipped silken tofu. If you’re looking for the same consistency and height as a regular pecan pie, I highly recommend using the tofu. I have never tested this recipe without the tofu. I hope this response is helpful. Free to let me know if you have more questions.

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