Easy Vegan Coconut Cream Pie made Simple with Jell-O Pudding


This recipe for easy vegan coconut cream pie was originally submitted by reader Jane, for a recipe contest that we hosted in 2011. We’ve since modified her ingredients and instructions for improved results. It’s now infused with even more coconut goodness and will set up like a normal pudding pie. If you want an even thicker pie, use full-fat coconut milk rather than lite. And yes, most varieties of Jell-O pudding and pie filling are actually dairy free. The coconut cream flavor is even made without other top allergens.

Easy Vegan Coconut Cream Pie Recipe made simple with Jell-O Pudding! Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, and optionally gluten-free

Special Diet Notes: Easy Vegan Coconut Cream Pie

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Easy Vegan Coconut Cream Pie
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Please note that the prep time does not include chilling time. This is a great make-ahead recipe.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings; 1 9-inch pie
  1. Follow the package directions to make the pudding, but use the canned coconut milk in place of the milk.
  2. Pour the pie filling into the prepared pie shell. Let cool.
  3. Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours, or until set.
  4. Top with whipped coconut cream, and sprinkle with toasted coconut before serving.
Thicker Option: You can use full-fat canned coconut milk for a thicker pie filling. But as mentioned do NOT use the coconut milk "beverage" sold in cartons for drinking. It's too thin and will not set up.

Graham Cracker Crust Options: Not all graham cracker crusts are dairy-free, but most are. We like Arrowhead Mills Crusts. And though graham crackers usually contain honey, several crust varieties are strictly vegan. For gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free, look for an option like Mi-Del Gluten-Free Graham-Style Crust.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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