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.
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.
How to Make the Crust
(Note: I’ve outlined the step-by-step on how to make this recipe here, but find the full recipe, ingredients, and directions at the end of this post.)
The first thing you’ll do is make the crust. It’s crust is made with just a few simple ingredients and it’s gluten-free.
NOTE: For a nut-free and more traditional pie crust, you can make my vegan gluten-free pie crust instead of this one. Both are delicious, so you can’t go wrong!
The main ingredients in the crust are almonds and oats. It’s a lightly sweetened crust and even though it seems crumbly, it holds together very well once it’s baked.
You’ll first grind the oats and almonds, and then mix it with the rest of the ingredients. Then you’ll press it into your pie dish, refrigerate for a few minutes and then bake for 15 minutes for it to set.
This crust adds great contrast to the smooth, creamy filling, but if you have a favourite crust you like to make or if you prefer to save some time with a store bought crust, that’s okay, just make the filling and go from there. (But, of course, I highly recommend this crust!)
How to Make The Filling
To make the filling, first, you’ll melt the chocolate. Once melted, mix together all of the ingredients and then add the melted chocolate to the mixture. That’s it!
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.
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!
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:
- 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
- Pumpkin Pudding
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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
For the crust:
For the pie filling:
- 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 3 teaspoon arrowroot starch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (see note below)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoon pure maple syrup (see note below)
- coconut whipped cream (optional, for garnish)
Make the crust:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add rolled oats, raw almonds, coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger to a food processor or to the dry container of your high speed blender. Blend until ingredients have been broken down into a fine meal.
- Slowly add melted coconut oil and pulse until everything has been combined.
- Put mixture into a 9″ pie dish and using your hands or the bottom of a measuring cup, press it evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Be sure that the thickness is even all around the dish.
- Refrigerate the crust for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes have passed, remove from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes have passed, place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, set aside, and make the filling.
Make the filling:
- Fill a large glass bowl with hot water. Place chocolate chips in a small glass bowl and place it into the hot water bowl. Let sit and stir every few minutes. Replace hot water as needed until chocolate chips have all melted. Set aside. Chocolate chips can also be melted in the microwave using this method.
- Whisk together pumpkin puree, arrowroot starch, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, salt, unsweetened non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup until combined.
- Add melted chocolate to the pumpkin mixture and mix until combined.
- Add the pumpkin mixture to the pie crust and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool. It can be served warm or completely cooled and is great served with coconut whipped cream.
- Either virgin or refined coconut oil can be used in the crust, but note that if you use virgin coconut oil, there will be a slight coconut flavour.
- If you don’t have the three separate spices, you can use 1 1/4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
- After adding the maple syrup to the pumpkin mixture, taste for sweetness and if you prefer it to be a little sweeter, add more maple syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Homemade pumpkin puree tends to a be a little more runny than canned. If you are using homemade puree, bump the arrowroot starch up to 3 1/2 teaspoons.
- Cover and store uneaten chocolate pumpkin pie in the fridge. After chilling, it will firm up quite a bit because of the chocolate chips in the filling. It is great served cold and firm but it you prefer for it to be softer, let it come to room temperature before serving again.
- Crust recipe adapted from this Oat Pecan Crust Recipe.
- Calorie count is for 1 of 8 slices and is only to be used as a rough guide. Click here to learn how nutritional info is calculated on this website.