Q: June – It seems like every recommended pumpkin pie recipe that is dairy-free is made with tofu. Do you have a good soy-free recipe?
A: Alisa – I received this question so many times during the holidays last year that I knew it was a must for me to be prepared with a good, reliable milk-free and soy-free recipe before Thanksgiving this year. So after a few rounds of pumpkin pie trials, I have a recipe for what my family thinks is one of the most delicious pumpkin pies they have ever had, dairy-free or not.
As an added bonus, this recipe uses everyday ingredients and is a great make-ahead option. Growing up, I remember how the famous Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe would leave you with a soggy crust when stored overnight, but this recipe keeps a nice firm crust, and refrigerating it allows the flavors to meld … actually both my husband and I preferred it after a night of chilling.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Pumpkin Pie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.
Egg-Free / Vegan Option: Please note, I did attempt to make this pie dairy-free, soy-free pumpkin pie recipe egg-free / vegan, too, using Bryanna’s recipe as a guide, but it was a no go. The cornstarch-y texture and taste were both too “off” for our tastebuds. However, you may try using Ener-G “eggs.” I have heard they work pretty well in pies, though I have not tested this method (see the comments in this post below – others have successfully trialed this recipe egg-free). You can also see the comments where I posted it on Alisa Cooks.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons grapeseed, rice bran, or non-GMO canola oil
3 tablespoons cold water
Dairy-Free Soy-Free Pumpkin Pie Filling
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg or allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup regular canned coconut milk (I use the full-fat version)
1 unbaked pie shell (see below for my regular or whole wheat easy and flaky pie crust recipe, for the popular Pamela’s gluten-free pie crust recipe, or for another gluten-free option, try this recipe, substituting soy-free non-hydrogenated shortening or Earth Balance buttery spread for the butter)
Easy Peasy Pie Crust Prep:
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl to form dough.
Press the dough into a 9-inch pie pan.
Filling and Baking:
Preheat your oven to 425ºF.
Combine the sugars, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or allspice, cloves and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the sugar mixture, pumpkin, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the coconut milk.
Pour the filling into the unbaked pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350ºF and continue to bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean. It may be a bit wobbly still, but it will firm-up as it cools.
Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for 2 hours (Be patient! This is important). Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Spice Cheat: In a pinch, you can substitute the spices with 1½ to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice.
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