The holidays are sneaking up on us again this year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorites and I love how food just seems to have the ability to bring families together. Being the only vegan in my family, I get to do my own thing and make my own vegan Thanksgiving dinner to bring along when my family decides to gather. Yay!
When it comes to the dinner table, everyone appreciates the turkey and emphasizes gratitude for grandma’s homemade stuffing. But is that really why they’re there? No. They are just waiting until that moment where they can bite into a giant piece of that pumpkin pie sitting on the counter. And this year, i hope to show them all that a pie can have no animal products, and still be the thing everyone looks forward to.
Not only will it taste delicious, but making it just a bit healthier will also ensure that uncle eddy doesn’t have a heart attack like her did from last years dessert table.
My recipe makes two pies.
VegMuffinMan’s Pumpkin Pie:
31/2 c. canned pumpkin(or 28 oz)
3/4 c. dry sucanat(or sugar)
2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ c. cashews (that have been soaking in the fridge at least 4 hours. Preferably over night)
2 whole wheat pie crusts
-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
-Drain your cashews and wrap them in a paper towel to get excess water off of them. They should be very tender.
-In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sugar, and 1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice.
-Put your pumpkin mixture, the avocado, cashews and the rest of your spice in the food processor and blend it until it is a creamy, smooth mixture.
-Pour the processor contents into your crusts and bake for 45 min.
-Let it cool for at least 5 min. before serving.
I like the addition of avocado for so many reasons. They are health power houses, but don’t add any flavor to the pie. If you don’t want to use them though, 8oz of Tofutti Better Than cream cheese is a great substitute.
I also use something called sucanat in this recipe. It’s just another name for raw brown sugar. I find it so much healthier and natural than their processed cousins.
I served mine with So Delicious Turtle Trails ice cream and a pecan. Yummeh! The votes are in. I’m sorry mom, but i think my pie may have just beaten yours.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
Pumpkin Pie-Eating Health Freax Unite!
-Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-