Get ready to fall in love! This easy recipe for No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie is a classic, fluffy dessert that will have everyone asking for seconds. It's got a grain-free, perfectly spiced crust and flavorful pumpkin pie filling that's made in your blender. No oven time required!
It's time for one of the all-time best fall desserts: pumpkin pie! This is a holiday superstar that needs to make its way onto your fall meal plan. It's obviously a Thanksgiving dessert but it's so easy to make that you could seriously whip it up on any given weeknight!
This is a vegan, paleo and gluten-free dessert that everyone at your table can enjoy. It's a no-bake pie too, so you can use your oven for other dishes and have dessert on the table right after dinner.
There are two components to this recipe, each of which takes only a few minutes to prepare: the filling and the crust. The entire recipe consists of only 11 ingredients!
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- Raw, unsalted cashews - Cashews are the magic ingredient for many creamy and decadent vegan recipes (more on this below).
- Pumpkin purée - Use homemade pumpkin purée for the best flavor, or about one full can of premade.
- Pure maple syrup - My sweetener of choice! I buy maple in bulk because it is SO handy when I'm cooking and baking without refined sugar. It has just one ingredient (the sap from maple trees!) and adds a natural sweetness to my favorite dishes.
- Fresh lemon juice - This adds the perfect balance to the sweeter pumpkin and maple flavors.
- Melted coconut oil - This creates a perfectly set pie as it cools in the refrigerator.
- Flavoring - Pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, salt and pure vanilla extract all give this pumpkin pie filling that nostalgic holiday warmth. They smell amazing, too!
Pumpkin Pie Crust (gluten-free)
- Raw pecans - Pecans provide the crust with the perfect crunch.
- Medjool dates - This adds a touch of sweetness.
- Coconut oil - The coconut oil helps everything stick together.
- Pinch of salt
You don't need to soak the pecans that go in the crust. When pulsed with the dates and coconut oil, you get a crumbly, sweet mixture to press into the bottom of a springform pan.
The crust works best with dates that are fresh and soft. Once a package is open and left in the refrigerator for a couple days, the dates start to harden and they won't work as well for this crust.
This recipe is incredibly simple, as you'll see below. All you need is a blender for the creamy pumpkin pie filling and a food processor for the crust!
1. Prepare the filling. Add all of the filling ingredients to a blender and blend until perfectly smooth.
2. Prepare the crust. Add all of the crust ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a coarse mixture forms. Transfer to a springform pan, cover with parchment paper and use the bottom of a glass to pack the crust into an even layer across the bottom of the pan (no need to grease or line the pan!). Remove the parchment paper.
3. Pour the filling overtop the crust.
4. Place pie in the freezer. Freeze for 8-10 hours to solidify the filling, then remove from springform pan.
5. Thaw, garnish and slice. Let the pie thaw at room temperature for 1 hour and then slice. Refrigerate until ready to be served.
How Far in Advance to Make a Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Once finished, cover your pie and leave it in the refrigerator to be served within a week. You can store it in the freezer for up to two months, but it will need thawing time if it becomes frozen solid. This pie tastes best served straight from the refrigerator.
Homemade Pumpkin Purée
I use my easy homemade pumpkin purée in this recipe. It is the creamiest, most flavorful way to cook with pumpkin! The best part is that it takes so much less time to make than people realize. It's just a pie pumpkin, some water and your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. I also have an oven version which is just as simple!
Once the pumpkin is cooked you can easily cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and let the skin fall right off. Pumpkin becomes so soft when cooked that everything just falls apart!
Purée the pumpkin flesh in your blender and it is just so sweet and fluffy. Canned pumpkin can taste watery and a little bitter. Fresh pumpkin is sweet and filled with true pumpkin flavor! Of course you can use canned pumpkin and this recipe will still be delicious...but if you've never made your own you don't know what you are missing!
Is Pumpkin Healthy?
Pumpkin is not only the favorite flavor of the season, but it's also packed with disease-fighting nutrients! It contains powerful antioxidants known as carotenoids that can protect cells from free radical damage. It also offers fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K. That gets a big jack-o-lantern smile from me!
Here are some recipes using pumpkin for every meal of the day (all vegan):
- Breakfast: I love starting my day with pumpkin breakfast cookies, easy blender vegan pumpkin muffins or a vegan pumpkin pie smoothie.
- Lunch: Nothing beats a mid-day bowl of vegan pumpkin chili or blender pumpkin soup when I need to warm up!
- Snack: Garlic pumpkin hummus or roasted pumpkin seeds always hits the spot.
- Dinner: Simple meals like one-pot vegan pumpkin curry or creamy vegan pumpkin garlic pasta are great for busy weeknights.
- Dessert: I love pumpkin pie pudding and these cute bite-sized no bake mini pumpkin pies!
Cashew Pumpkin Pie Filling
The creaminess for this vegan pumpkin pie comes from raw cashews. These offer plant-based protein and are also incredibly nutrient dense. Cashews are an excellent source of copper and a good source of magnesium, manganese, vitamin K, phosphorous and zinc. This makes your filling not only creamy and fluffy but incredibly nutritious, too!
I recommend soaking your cashews in advance to make the filling as smooth and creamy as possible.
This no-bake pumpkin pie is vegan (no dairy or eggs!), gluten-free, soy-free, and even made without refined sugar. That's what I call holiday magic!
I have so many treats on my site that are perfect for anyone with allergies, specialty diets or dessert lovers looking for a healthier option. I hope you'll make and love these recipes, leave a review on the post and tag me on Instagram so I can see your holiday baking!
More Vegan and Gluten-Free Seasonal Treats
- The Best Hot Cocoa
- Fluffy Snickerdoodle Cookies and Fluffy Pumpkin Cookies
- Blender Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin & Chocolate Swirl Muffins
- Easy Apple Crisp
- Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Fruit Dip
- Chocolate Coated Almond Butter Crunch Balls
- Dye-Free Candy Corn Smoothie
- Fall favorites: Halloween Fun with Food, Vegan & Gluten-Free Fall Meal Plan + Shopping List, Ultimate Apple Recipe Roundup
- Winter cooking: Ultimate Vegan Soup Recipe Round Up, Winter Squash Recipes, Vegan & Gluten-Free Winter Meal Plan & Shopping List
- Holidays: Ultimate Vegan Hanukkah Recipe Roundup, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes, Best Vegan and Gluten-Free Christmas Recipes, and 60+ Vegan and Gluten-Free New Year's Eve Recipes
This No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie is a classic, fluffy dessert that will have everyone asking for seconds! Perfect for holidays!
For the filling:
- 2.5 cups raw unsalted cashews*
- 1.5 cups homemade pumpkin purée (or one 15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree)
- ⅔ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
For the crust:
- 8 soft pitted Medjool dates (1 cup)
- 1 cup raw unsalted pecans - no soaking needed
- 2 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- Add all filling ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until perfectly smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- Add all crust ingredients to a 7-cup food processor fitted with an S blade and pulse until a coarse mixture forms. You should be able to press the mixture between your fingers and it should stick together. Transfer to a 7.5-inch springform pan. There is no need to line or grease the pan. Place a sheet of parchment paper overtop the crust and use the bottom of a glass to pack the crust down into an even layer that covers the entire bottom of the pan. Remove the parchment paper.
- Pour the filling directly overtop the crust.
- Place the pan in your freezer for 8-10 hours until the filling is frozen solid. Release the springform pan and use a knife to separate the bottom layer from the crust. It should slide right off the bottom of the pan and onto a serving plate. Allow to thaw for 1 hour at room temperature and then slice into 8-10 slices (10 slices will still yield satisfying portions as the pie is rich). Place on your serving platter, cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- For smooth and creamy texture, I like to serve the pie after it has sat at room temperature for at least one hour. You can serve while still frozen and it will be more like a cheesecake texture. Both are delicious!
- Top pumpkin pie slices with homemade coconut whipped cream and a dusting of ground cinnamon if desired.
*Soak the cashews in boiling hot water for at least 1 hour in advance of blending. Once soaked, the cashews will measure 2 ⅔ cups (or more if you soak longer). After soaking is complete, drain, rinse and dry and add to blender. Learn more about how (and why) to soak cashews.
To make homemade pumpkin purée in the oven rather than the pressure cooker method linked above, place a 2.5-3 pound pie pumpkin on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Pierce a couple holes in it with a knife and bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes (cook time will depend on the size of your pumpkin - you will know it is finished cooking when the skin starts to brown). Once the pumpkin is cool, slice in half and remove the seeds and "guts" of the pumpkin. The outer skin should peel right off. If not, use a spoon to scoop the flesh of the pumpkin away from the skin. Place all the pumpkin flesh in a blender and purée using a tamper/plunger on low speed until smooth and creamy. This should make about 3 cups of pumpkin purée.
Store leftover pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you plan to enjoy within a week. Otherwise, store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months.
- Prep Time: 20
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Freezer