It is 42°F outside, and we are taking it easy as we rest up between jobs. This is exactly when I get the baking bug! David loves pumpkin pie, but I have not made a vegan version yet, and am up to the challenge today.
When we went grocery shopping the other day, we noticed the display of pumpkin pie making supplies – and then read the label on the pumpkin pie filling. Since we weren’t going to be adding sweetened condensed milk and/or eggs to our diet anytime soon, we decided to just get a couple cans of pumpkin and see what we could do with them.
I searched Happy Herbivore for a pie crust recipe. Found one that is incredibly easy, which is a good thing since I have minimal experience making pie crust. I was almost going to use the recipe for cornbread and make THAT the pie crust, but changed my mind.
Discovered that I don’t have a pie pan, so a rectangle pan is going to have to do.
I whipped up the crust recipe, then pressed it into the pan.
I was then in search of a no-oil, vegan pumpkin pie filling recipe. I didn’t find one, so I improvised and married two different recipes together.
Here is what it looks like going into the oven:
And this is what it looked like coming out of the oven:
Here are the recipes:
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 whole banana, cold
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt (I omitted this)
Combine flour and banana (a slightly unripe, still greenish banana is best) in a food processor, pulsing until there are no whole banana pieces left. Roll out on clean surface, or press into pan.
- 2 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened plain milk of your choice (I used soy)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds, mixed with 1/3 cup warm water (let sit for 15 minutes)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or sub mix of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Taste to adjust spices, as necessary. Pour filling into crust. Bake at 350° for 60 minutes. Out of the oven, let cool for 2 hrs or refrigerate until ready to serve.
David’s opinion: Two pieces are gone, so I think that means he likes it!