Peanut Pie for a Tasty New Tradition without Dairy, Corn, or the Expense!


Each month, we feature a family-friendly recipe from the Hatfields in our Kids Can Cook section. But because of all the May holidays, we’re doubling down this month! The Hatfield’s dairy-free teen cooking star is Katherine. And this week she and her “mama”, Sarah, are baking up a new tradition: Corn-Free, Dairy-Free Peanut Pie. 

Dairy-Free Peanut Pie Recipe for a Tasty New Tradition (also Corn-Free, Soy-Free, optionally Gluten-Free, and Cheap to Make!)

Over the past year or so I read a few articles extolling the virtues of Peanut Pie and became intrigued. Not peanut butter pie, but peanut pie. It’s a variation on pecan pie, and a Southern delicacy.

One of the articles shared an image of an old Karo syrup ad featuring a recipe for DeLuxe Peanut Pie. Some might think of Peanut Pie as a holiday dish, which I’m sure would be great. But it reminded me of spring; the beginning of baseball season, fairs, carnivals, and circuses. So Katherine and I decided to try it for our column this month.

We used the basic structure of the 1940s Karo pie recipe, but we made it dairy free and used Lyle’s Golden Syrup (cane syrup) instead of corn syrup. We love this pie. Our family said it tastes like Cracker Jacks or Peanut Brittle in pie form. One pecan pie lover said he likes it just as much as pecan pie–if not better. I think it might become a new staple for spring potlucks and perhaps, for Memorial Day.

Katherine often makes pecan pies, especially this Chocolate Pecan Pie. So making a Peanut Pie wasn’t much of a leap. Older kids and teens can easily make the entire pie by themselves. Younger children can help make the pie crust and mix together all of the filling ingredients by themselves. This is also a nice recipe to practice nut pies with since peanuts are much more affordable than pecans!

Dairy-Free Peanut Pie Recipe for a Tasty New Tradition (also Corn-Free, Soy-Free, optionally Gluten-Free, and Cheap to Make!) We get commissions for purchases made through some of the helpful links in this post. These commissions help us keep Go Dairy Free unbiased, helpful and afloat! So we appreciate your support. 

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Peanut Pie

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, tree nut-free, optionally soy-free, and vegetarian.

Dairy-Free Peanut Pie
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We adapted this recipe from a vintage Karo advertisement. Our version is both dairy-free and corn-free!
Serves: 1 9-inch pie
  • 1 unbaked deep-dish 9-inch dairy-free pie crust (store-bought, homemade press-in, homemade roll out, or gluten-free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Lyle's golden syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted dairy-free buttery spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place the eggs in a mixing bowl and lightly beat. Add the syrup, sugar, eggs, buttery spread, vanilla, and salt and mix or stir until combined. Stir in the peanuts.
  3. Pour the peanut mixture into your prepared pie crust.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the filling comes out clean. If the edges of the crust are browning too quickly, cover them with tented aluminum foil or a pie shield.
  5. Place the pie pan on a cooling rack, and let the pie cool completely before slicing and serving.

Key Pantry Supplies: Dairy-Free Peanut Pie

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About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. Her previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Sarah was a 'mom blogger' for many years but now mostly hangs out on Go Dairy Free and Instagram.


  1. Do you think lightly crushing the peanuts would work
    for this recipe? It seems like a really easy recipe and
    impressive to take for a special dessert. Thank you

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