This easy vegan sweet potato pie is insanely easy to make! Just one bowl. Can be Top 8 Allergen Free. A must try alternative to pumpkin pie.
If you have never had a sweet potato pie, then stop everything you are doing. Head to the kitchen. And make this vegan sweet potato pie.
If you think that pumpkin pie is the best fall holiday dessert, then pause and go make this vegan sweet potato pie.
Seriously, it is that good.
If you grew up in a home/family that only served pumpkin pie, then chances are that you’ve never even had sweet potato pie; however, it is a true disservice to never try it. Therefore, you must!
It is seriously so so easy too.
All you need is a few ingredients, a bowl and a pie dish and you are set! We’ve done all the hard work for you by testing and retesting this recipe to make sure that it’s just so so good. And we think you’ll agree.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing?
Sweet potatoes and yams are completely different things. However, in most commercial supermarkets in the US, they are labeled the same due to marketing traditions from decades ago.
Yams are actually a root vegetable that looks like it has bark as the skin.
So if you are in the US and only see yams, it’s likely sweet potatoes.
Is sweet potato pie healthy?
We all know sweet potatoes are a good source of many nutrients and healthy themselves. However, when made into a pie it is high per piece in calories and sugar; therefore, it should probably only be consumed on occasions.
What does sweet potato pie taste like?
Honestly, sweet potato pie is very similar to pumpkin pie. It has a very close flavor and texture profile. However, sweet potatoes are a bit creamier and a bit more sweet than pumpkin yielding an even better pie experience.
Do you eat vegan sweet potato pie cold or warm?
Honestly, the choice is yours. You can eat this pie cold or warm it up for a bit before eating. Either way, adding some vegan whipped topping before making will make it even better!
Can I make this vegan sweet potato pie Top 8 Allergen Free?
Yes! First start with gluten free vegan graham crackers. If you are unable to find these, you have two options. One is to use a traditional pie crust like we do in our vegan caramel apple pie recipe.
Another option would be to swap about the graham crackers for another hard vegan gluten free cookie that you can crumble into pieces.
Other than that, we have vegan butter and coconut milk to replace.
For the vegan butter, you can swap with a soy free vegan butter, like Earth Balance soy free.
For the coconut milk, you can sub with any non-dairy milk. We prefer oat milk for substitutions because it can be creamier than others.
Can I make any substitutions for this vegan sweet potato pie?
Graham Crackers – We prefer graham crackers for this pie as that’s how we have traditionally always made it; however you could use a traditional pie crust like we do in our vegan caramel apple pie recipe or you could swap out with any vegan cookies that you can crumble into pieces.
Arrowroot Powder- We prefer arrowroot powder over cornstarch, but cornstarch could be swapped if needed.
Can I make this vegan sweet potato pie oil free?
Yes. But we have not tried. This is for idea recommendation purposes only. Note that this pie will not be as rich, but it’s still possible.
We don’t have a recommendation at this time, but if you look up a recipe for a date crust then it would be possible for the crust.
For inside the pie, it’s more of a taste and richness that the butter gives, so a substitution likely isn’t recommended, but omit.
Again, we have not tried either of these methods.
Does it matter what type of sweet potatoes I use?
Yes and No! You love those answers right?
There are traditional orange sweet potatoes like we are using here, but there’s also white and purple sweet potatoes. If you have another sweet potato besides the orange ones than yes, they can be used…but.
But, both white and purple sweet potatoes are less moist and not as sweet so you may need to add a bit more liquid and sweetness if desired. See the video below for consistency purposes to weigh whether or not you need more liquid if using one of these options.
Can I prep this vegan sweet potato pie ahead of time?
Yes! You have a few options.
Make the crust and filling but don’t bake up to 3 days ahead of time. The crust can be stored at room temperature and covered. The filling can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container. Note if doing this, you may need to add more cooking time since the filling will be cold to start.
You can also make the entire pie and then let store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If serving others for the holidays or a get together, we’d recommend only making it up to 3 days in advance for the best experience.
Can I freeze vegan sweet potato pie?
Absolutely. Follow the direction completely through the setting up period. Then you can stored in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. To thaw, place it in the fridge to thaw completely.
What other vegan pies can I make?
Pies are just so good, especially for the holidays. Here’s a few more ideas:
- Vegan Caramel Apple Pie
- Traditional Vegan Apple Pie
- Vegan Blueberry Pie
- Vegan Pecan Pie
- Traditional Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Coconut Cream Pie
For a spin on things also check out our 2 ingredients Vegan Apple Pie Egg rolls or our Vegan Apple Pie French Toast Casserole.
Pin this Vegan Sweet Potato Pie recipe for later:
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
For the crust
- 18 vegan graham crackers, crushed (choose Gluten Free if needed)
- ½ cup vegan butter, melted
- 6 tablespoon vegan brown sugar
For the sweet potato pie
- 2.5 cups sweet potato (about 2 large)
- ½ cup vegan butter, almost completely melted
- ¾ cup vegan brown sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup canned coconut milk (or sub other non-dairy milk)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder (can sub with cornstarch)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- vegan whipped topping (or canned non-dairy whipped spray)
- Boil sweet potatoes until they are fork tender (about an 45-60 mins). While that is boiling, make the crust.
For the crust
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- To make the crust, in a 9 inch pie dish (or springform pan), combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and brown sugar until well combined. Then press the mixture down with the back of a spoon evenly and up the sides.
- Bake crust for 12-15 minutes until starting to be golden brown. Remove and let cool
For the pie filling
- When sweet potatoes are fork tender, drain from the water and let cool to able to handle. Peel the skins of your sweet potatoes and add the potatoes to a high powdered blender.
- *If you don't have a blender, add to a bowl and beat on low with a mixer to break apart.
- Add in the remaining pie ingredients and blend or beat until smooth.
- Pour the pie filling mixture into cooled pie crust.
- Bake for 60-75 minutes. The center should have a non-glossy look. The pie will still jiggle a bit.
- Set on a cooling rack until room temperature.
- Place in the fridge to set up for at least 4 hours. (You can make up to 3 days ahead of time).
- Cut and serve warm.
I am beyond excited that I can now make my own amazingly delicious sweet potato pie! And it’s vegan! Say what now?! 🙂 The last time I enjoyed a sweet potato pie this much was many decades ago when I was growing up (not vegan then) and our beloved ol’ church ladies would make their seriously soulful pie and gift it to me because they knew how much I loved it. Pastors kids get special perks like that. 🙂 I LOVE that I’m now able to make for myself an equally satisfying sweet potato pie. The graham cracker crust is just. . .heaven!
I roasted the potatoes rather than boiling them, used Orgain AlmondMilk+Protein instead of coconut milk, and I used a hand mixer rather than a blender. And because I’ve learned to trust you, I doubled the recipe, making 2 pies.
HAHA, I love that you just knew it was going to be a hit. Happy holidays Angela!
I made this sweet potato pie for the first time (actually was my first time making any sweet potato pie) and it was AMAZING!!! My husband, 3 kids (5, 10, and 13) all loved it , and even said they like it better than the pumpkin pie we had. The texture was great , had just the right amount of sweetness, and was simple to make, Definitely making this again!
So glad that everyone loved it!
Can I ask what vegan butter brand you used?
We use Country Crock plant based sticks most often now
This pie is phenomenal in taste and texture. I made it for my family’s Thanksgiving in MS (all non-vegans except for me) and everyone raved about it. They’re already requesting I make it again for next year. Thanks for the great recipe!
Yay! I love when someone is approved by non-vegans!
This pie was a huge hit, and it’s pretty easy to make. I made the crust a bit too thick which I’ll correct next time. I suspect I’ll be asked to make it again. Thanks so much!
so glad that you enjoyed it!
Made this for gatherings about a dozen times and it’s been a hit every time with vegans and non-vegans alike. Prepping another one for Thanksliving tomorrow! Thanks so much!
So glad to hear it’s always a win!
I love this pie! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Although I ran short on the graham crackers, I substituted with some almond flour, and it turned out great. This is my new favorite vegan recipe go-to. Thank you, thank you!
So happy to hear that you found a way to make it way!
Hi! I made this last year and it was so good! Can it be frozen if I want to make it ahead of time?
Last Thanksgiving I made this sweet potato pie and oh my goodness it was amazing. I’ve been told that I have to make it every year now. I’m perfectly OK with that.
We’re so happy to hear this! Love new traditions! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We really appreciate it.
Can this recipe be used to make pie bars?
I think you’d need to add something to make slightly thicker to hold up. We’ll try to figure out a recipe for those
I made this (first time) for thanksgiving, my family LOVED it. Since then, I’ve re-made it multiple times on special occasions because they keep asking for it.
So glad to hear your family is enjoying the recipe so much. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! Have a great day!
I am making the pie right now and my whole house smells sooo good I can hardly wait til it’s done.
We hope you love it
How can you serve serve warm after 4 hrs in the frige?? What temp for baking pie? 350 I assume?
You don’t have to serve warm, many people just prefer it warm after it sits up. Not need for oven, just a few seconds in the microwave
Can you sub vegan sugar for the maple syrup?
I’m using a gluten free premade crust. Does it also need to be cooked prior to adding the filling? Thx!
It would depend on what the premade package says
Excited to try this receipe this weekend. I remember my non-vegan family would add cream (evaporated and condensed milk). It looks like you found that the pie was still think and creamy without it?
Yup! We’ve made it this way for long long time and non-vegans can’t tell