Prepare pie crust. Prick the bottom with a fork lightly, then add pie weights into a parchment paper onto pie crust. Pre-bake pie crust for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool fully. Set aside.
Sweet Potato Pie Filling
Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
Place the sweet potatoes on foil or parchment or silicone lined baking sheet, stab them all over with a fork and lightly oil the sweet potatoes. Bake for 50-60 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Remove the skin from the sweet potatoes (it should easily come off) and place the sweet potatoes into a food processor. Blend until fully smooth and a puree.
In a large bowl, add the pureed sweet potato and add all the pie ingredients. Alternatively, you can add the pie ingredients over the sweet potato puree in the food processor (to avoid another bowl).
Mix/blend everything together well until cornstarch is completely whisked out.
Leave this to set for 15-30 minutes on the counter with a kitchen towel covering the container to allow ingredients to completely meld together. To me, it tastes even better when ingredients are left to sit a bit.
Lower the temperature to 350°F/180°C. Pour the batter into the cooled and pre-baked pie crust. Tap lightly on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 60 minutes in the oven on the lower shelf or highest shelf depending on your oven (furthest away from heat). The center should be slightly wobbly.
Remove from the oven carefully and let set and cool completely on a wire rack.
Move the pie to your fridge and let it finish setting in the fridge for at least 4 to 6 hours, ideally overnight. Remove and cut the pie and serve. Dollop each slice with delicious vegan coconut whipped cream. Enjoy!
Calories do not include for the pie crust (separate calories are on pie crust recipe).How to get the thick creamy white portion only:Put a can of full-fat coconut milk in your fridge overnight. After being refrigerated overnight, open the can, and scoop out the thick solids out of the jar until you reach 1 cup. That’s what you want to use!You can set the coconut water into a jar in the fridge and use it in your smoothies or drink it.
Keys to Success in Making Sweet Potato Pie
I recommend making it just like I have. Substitutions can be extremely tempting, but this is fool-proof and already tested so many times that you don’t need to. The only substitutions I’ll “allow” would be using agave nectar instead of maple syrup, and coconut sugar for the cane sugar. I made this using both and loved them both in this.
Can I Use a Store-Bought Crust? Potentially. You’ll want to be very careful about checking the ingredients, but if they’re vegan-friendly, go for it!
Let the Dough Chill: If you’re making a pie crust from scratch, let the dough chill for 45 minutes to an hour before working with it. This will ensure that it does not begin to shrink when you bake it.
Let the Pie Cool Before Slicing: Things can get pretty messy if you try to serve it right away! Give it those 6 hours (2 on the countertop, 4 in the fridge), and then you can reheat slices if necessary. That way the flavours are also absolutely outstanding. Also be sure to let your batter sit on the counter for that 15-30 minutes as instructed in the recipe. It really makes a difference!