Nutrition & Recipes

Holiday Recipes: A Vegan, Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Vegan sweet potato pie

Sweet potatoes are delicious, versatile, and align very well with the fall season. They are very soothing to the digestive system, especially when cooked with ginger. We include ginger in this recipe for this reason. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and antioxidants, providing amazing benefits to gut health. I try to have ginger in some form every day, as it has incredible medicinal properties. Ginger helps with nausea, indigestion, boosts immunity, to name a few of its healing properties.

As this pie bakes in our home, I am also taken back to a time during my childhood, when my mom would bake sweet potatoes in the morning. On weekends, we often enjoyed them for breakfast. This nostalgia evokes bittersweet memories, and I want to nestle up with these memories and enjoy this pie even more.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Photo by April Duckworth.

The approaching holiday season evokes both a sense of nostalgia, and the desire to spend time with family and friends. Over the years, I have discovered that cooking and sharing healthy and delicious meals with others helps demonstrate our love and care for them. Preparing meals can be a time to share in conversation with others, in sharing our time and attention. It can be a fun time shared with others, as you create new memories this holiday season.

Vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • Flaxseeds (instructions below)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ cup dates
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • Pecans (1-2/per slice, optional)

Crust Directions:

  • Combine the following: 1 1/2 cup almond flour with 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water soaked in fridge for about 10 min)
  • Add 4 tablespoons water
  • Pre-bake the crust for 10 min at 350°.

Filling Directions:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked until tender.
  • Combine sweet potatoes with 1 1/2 cup dates and blend
  • Add 2 tablespoons of ginger
  • Scoop out mixture into pie crust.
  • Cover with foil, vent, cook for 45 min at 350°

We serve our sweet potato pie to family and friends, and they are always pleasantly surprised to know there is no added sugars in this recipe, yet it is sweet and satisfying. It certainly gives me a sense of comfort. I enjoyed it as the smell of the sweet potatoes still filled our home, and even found myself smiling while thinking of the warm memories alongside of it. It’s remarkable that scents and cooking can evoke such nostalgia in us, and I find it to be one of my favorite parts of creating recipes. I hope that you find this recipe to be comforting as well.


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