Looking for a dessert that’s a little different this holiday? Try this rich vegan chocolate pumpkin pie that’s packed with chocolate and pumpkin flavours and will become a new, welcome addition to your holiday table.
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Not long ago, I made a video to accompany my vegan gluten free pumpkin spice muffins recipe (you can see the video if you click that link!). In the video, I add chocolate chips to the muffins.
When the video was shared on Facebook (on another page, not mine) there was a comment that stood out to me that made me laugh a little. The person commenting could not wrap her head around using pumpkin and chocolate chips together in a recipe. She thought it was a terrible combination and she thought it would taste awful.
Well, lady, this recipe for chocolaty, pumpkin spicy, vegan chocolate pumpkin pie is definitely not for you! (but I bet if she tried it, she’d love it!)
For the record, I think pumpkin and chocolate go perfectly together. Those muffins I mentioned earlier are a favourite in my home. I’ve tried to use other add-ins like nuts and raisins, but nope, chocolate chips always win out. To me, pumpkin and chocolate goes together like chocolate + banana, chocolate + mint, and apples + cinnamon.
We do like traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert and my kids like it so much that they often request it for Christmas dessert as well, but a couple times over the past few years, chocolate pumpkin pie has been requested.
It’s nice to sit down at your holiday dinner table expecting all of your favourites, but it’s also nice to sometimes try something different, too!
When you look over the recipe for this vegan gluten free chocolate pumpkin pie (it contains NO tofu, by the way!), you’ll notice that it takes 30 minutes to prepare before you get to put it into the oven. This is due to the way the crust is made (I promise, it’s not complicated!), but it’s so worth it.
If you’re looking for a quicker pumpkin pie recipe, be sure to check out my Quick and Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie. It has a few shortcuts and just takes 5 minutes to prep.
However, if you love pumpkin pie and you love chocolate, then I think this may be your kind of dessert.
The almond oat crust is gluten free (if you use gluten free oats) and adds a nice contrasting texture to the smooth chocolate pumpkin pie filling.
Depending on the type of dark chocolate chips you use, the sweetness of your vegan chocolate pumpkin pie will be based on the percentage of cocoa in your chocolate chips, the higher the percentage, the less sweet it will be. The sweetness may also vary across different brands.
After you make the filling, I recommend giving it a taste test for sweetness. (Another plus to vegan baking, you can taste everything and not have to worry about getting sick from an ingredient that isn’t meant to be eaten raw!)
If you find that it’s not sweet enough, adjust with more maple syrup. Full details are below in the recipe. I don’t like overly sweet desserts, so the 3 tablespoons is enough for me, but you may prefer to add a little bit more, and that’s totally fine!
And you may be wondering:
What does a vegan chocolate pumpkin pie taste like?!
It tastes like chocolate pudding collided with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices and formed a pie. Simply put, it’s rich, chocolaty, and delicious.
Exactly what a holiday dessert should be.
A garnish for your gluten free vegan chocolate pumpkin pie is not needed, it stands very well on its own, but I highly recommend coconut whipped cream to take it over the top.
If you like this recipe, you may also like these:
- Quick and Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes
- How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
How to Make a Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie