Healthy vegan chocolate pecan pie your holiday guests will crave

Now you can have your pie, and eat it too — especially if it’s a healthy vegan chocolate pecan pie. Eating vegan (or just healthfully) no longer means missing out on your favorite treats. This recipe, inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie, still lets you eat clean while enjoying a decadent classic.

Although pecan pie is a quintessential southern dessert, it has become an American classic, especially around the holidays. It has been popular since the early 1900s.

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Chocolate adds a twist to the traditional recipe, either blended into the pie base itself, as this recipe does, or stirred in as chunks. Either way, it’s a perfectly balanced dessert, with crunchy pecans providing a satisfying contrast to the smooth filling.

Silken-firm tofu is the base, and maple syrup and molasses add the rich, smokey taste we all love about pecan pie. The cocoa adds another level of decadence.

That this pie is delicious and healthy is almost unfathomable — but the tofu allows you to ditch the butter, eggs and dairy while still providing substance and body. Tofu is flavorless, and that’s a good thing here: It simply takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it.

Even non-bakers will be able to handle this one. You simply blend everything together in a food processor (or blender) and pour it into a prepared pie shell. Top it with pecans, and bake it. No mixer. No separate bowls. Just a straightforward, simple process that yields a super-quick, last-minute dessert for any dinner party — and no one will guess that it’s vegan.

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Mix ingredients

Place vanilla, salt, cornstarch, maple syrup, sugar, tofu, molasses and cocoa powder in blender (or food processor).

Mix ingredients


Blend

Let blender go until mixture is very smooth.

Blend


Add pecans

Pulse once. You still want chunks of pecans.

Add pecans


Fill pie crust

Pour filling into prepared pie crust.

Fill pie crust


Decorate

Top with whole pecans laid out in three circles.

Decorate


Bake

Place prepared pie in preheated oven at 350F for 43 minutes.

bake


Remove from oven

Let cool, then place in refrigerator to chill. Serve with whipped cream.

Remove from oven


Absolutely beautiful!

Absolutely beautiful!


Healthy and vegan without missing any of the flavor!

Healthy and vegan without missing any of the flavor!


Decadent and rich

Decadent and rich


This pie will be a hit at your next get together

This pie will be a hit at your next get together


Silky and smooth with bites of crunchy pecans…perfection!

Silky smooth with bites of crunchy pecans...perfection!


Healthy vegan chocolate pecan pie

Yield 6–8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12.3 ounces silken-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup raw pecans, chopped, plus 60 whole pecans for garnish
  • 1 premade graham cracker pie crust (follow directions on graham cracker box)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place vanilla, salt, cornstarch, maple syrup, sugar, tofu, molasses and cocoa powder in blender (or food processor).
  3. Blend until very smooth.
  4. Add pecans and pulse once.
  5. Pour filling into prepared pie crust, and top with whole pecans laid out in three circles.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 43 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool, then place in refrigerator to chill.
  8. Serve with whipped cream.

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