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Vegan Pecan Pie (without corn syrup!)

This Vegan Pecan Pie tastes remarkably similar to the kind my grandma used to make, but this one is naturally sweetened without using corn syrup. I’m amazed by how well the filling sets, without using eggs!

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How to Make Vegan Pecan Pie

I wanted this pie to be as healthy as possible, without sacrificing the taste or texture. I included dates in the filling, to help add some structure and natural sweetness, but I also used a little maple syrup to boost the flavor. Adding the liquid sweetener helps to “loosen up” the filling so that it doesn’t have the texture of a date ball.

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To make this pecan pie egg-free, I added 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed to act as a binder. I find that if I use more than that in any given recipe, I can start to taste the flax seeds, but I can’t taste them at all in this recipe, and neither could my taste testers. Grinding some extra pecans into the filling also helps with the binding, and provides extra pecan flavor!

Vegan Pecan Pie Recipe

With a simple 5-ingredient filling, this recipe is just about as easy as it gets. All you need is a blender or food processor to blend it together. I prefer using the food processor so I can make my crust in it first, and then make the filling in the same bowl. There’s only one dish to clean that way!

If you’d like to make a pie crust from scratch, I’ll be sharing a gluten-free pie crust soon. (There’s already a recipe in No Excuses Detox if you have that!) You can use any other unbaked pie crust that you love, too.

vegan pecan pie slice

Because I had to test this recipe so many times, I actually relied on a frozen gluten-free crust from Trader Joe’s so that I wouldn’t have to make a crust from scratch every time. (Testing recipes is like a science experiment, so it’s a good idea to have a control when testing the filling– in this case, a store-bought crust kept the experiment results consistent!)

Vegan Pecan Pie with Dates

I tested this recipe so many times because I couldn’t decide how many dates was the “perfect” amount for this pie. I landed on the recipe below, which uses a 1:1 ratio of dates to maple syrup.

baked vs unbaked pecan pie

I also tested this recipe using only 1/2 cup of dates + 1 cup of maple syrup, and enjoyed the results– but my testers thought the flavor wasn’t quite as authentic, since the maple flavor was a little heavier. I share this just in case you’re short on dates for this recipe and want to try it that way instead!

pecan pie slice with filling

5 from 7 votes
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Vegan Pecan Pie (without corn syrup!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This easy Vegan Pecan Pie is naturally sweetened and has a remarkably similar taste and texture to the original, without using eggs or corn syrup!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dates, dessert, holiday, maple syrup, pecan pie, pecans, thanksgiving
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 283 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 unbaked pie shell
  • 3/4 cup medjool dates , pitted (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves , divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and press your unbaked pie crust in a 9-inch pan. (You can use an unbaked store bought crust, if you like.)

  2. In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade (or in a high speed blender), combine the dates, maple syrup, flax seeds, 1/2 cup of the pecans, and the salt. Process until the dates are broken down and you have a relatively smooth batter.

  3. Pour 3/4 cup of the pecan halves into the pie crust and spread them out evenly. Pour the batter over the pecans and use a spatula to smooth it evenly. Top the pecan pie filling with the remaining 1/4 cup of pecans-- I like to crush them between my fingers and sprinkle them over the top so that the little pieces are evenly distributed.

  4. Place the pie in the oven to bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes. When it's done baking the top should look drier and the edges of the filling will be firm to a light touch.

  5. Allow the pie to cool completely, for at least 2 hours. You can put it in the fridge to speed the process, if you'd like to. Slice the pie and serve chilled or at room temperature.

  6. Leftover pie should be covered and can be stored on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to a week.

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Per slice: Calories: 283, Fat: 15g, Carbohydrates: 35g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 2g

Recipe Notes:

  • If you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, I’m guessing a sugar-free maple syrup would probably work as a swap for the real kind. I don’t use zero-calorie sweeteners myself, so please leave a comment below if you give this a try!
  • As I mentioned above, this recipe also worked with 1/2 cup of dates (4 ounces) + 1 cup of maple syrup, if you’d like to go that route. You can use less maple syrup for a less-sweet pie, if you prefer. I was trying to get it as close to the real thing as possible!
  • You can also add a splash of vanilla extract, if you like. I tried 1/2 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon in several test batches and felt that the vanilla flavor was overwhelming, so I prefer it without.

As always, if you try something different with this recipe, please leave a comment below to let us know how it worked for you. We can all benefit from your experience!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite holiday pie? I think mine is still French Silk Pie, but my strawberry cream pie and this pecan pie are not far behind!

This Vegan Pecan Pie is naturally sweetened & easy to make. It has a taste and texture remarkably similar to the original, without using corn syrup or eggs!

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Comments

Jessica

I just made this today!! Amazing! Full of flavor for so little ingredients! I had a premade crust so I doubled the filling.

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m glad you already tried it and loved it! Thank you for letting me know!

Tiffany

Wow Megan, this is definitely going on my Thanksgiving meal plan! My husband absolutely loved it, thank you so much!

Toshi

This looks so delicious! Can I substitue flax seeds with regular eggs?

    Megan Gilmore

    Possibly, but I haven’t tested that so I can’t say for sure! Please let us know if you give that a shot!

      Toshi

      I just watched your instagram live tonight! Please let us know how yours turned out! I will be baking this pecan pie with eggs on Thanksgiving morning 🙂

        Toshi

        So I made this yesterday with two large eggs insetead of flaxseeds. It turned out delicisous! Everyone in my family loved them! Thank you!

Marie

I love this pecan pie! Thanks for the recipe!

Toni Wing-Jenkins

Pecan pie has always been my favorite Thanksgiving dessert. I have missed it every year since I became vegan. I baked it today and couldn’t wait until tomorrow (Thanksgiving) to taste it. Fantastic!!!! thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

LiNdA reynolds

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I’d like to try this gluten free

Sheryl

I made this for Thanksgiving 2018. Turned out amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! For those of us on special diets due to allergies, I find vegan recipes are so helpful! So thank you from a person who has very limited food preferences. You made my Thanksgiving special!!

Angela

Can this filling be made in the Vitamix or does it have to be a food processor?

Bryan

It has been decades since I’ve eaten a pecan pie for not eating eggs. My wife and I enjoyed this version very much.

Differences:
1) I used real maple syrup
2) I warmed the maple syrup and soaked the pitted dates in it overnight.
3) I took more like 2/3 cup of pecan pieces to cover the top of the pie to my liking. Which is basically completely covered. No loose pecans. All were stuck nicely to the blended filling.

i useed a Vitamix, but have lost my stomper so it took a lot of turning on and off and manually stirring. With the stomper, this filling would have been a breeze in the Vitamix.

This filled a commercial 9″ gluten free pie crust. So a bit on the shallow side compared to a glass pie dish.

I’m excited to try this recipe in tart size.

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