I'm a West Coaster through and through, but when Thanksgiving rolls around I'm excited to try some of my dad's Southern family traditions.
I'm a West Coaster through and through, but when Thanksgiving rolls around I'm excited to try some of my dad's Southern family traditions. Sweet potato pie is one such Southern dish that appears on my parents' table every few years. It's very similar to pumpkin pie, but with a sweeter, slightly earthier taste that makes it a prime alternative if you've got pumpkin pie fatigue. And since sweet potatoes are chock-full of nutrients — especially vitamin A, which promotes immunity and eye health, and hunger-controlling fiber — reaching for a slice of sweet potato pie on Thanksgiving is never a bad idea.
Regular sweet potato pie can include high amounts of butter and eggs, so I made some common vegan substitutes (coconut oil for butter and cornstarch for the eggs) to lighten up the pie without compromising taste. One of the best parts about the pie, to me, is the dollop of whipped cream that's accompanied with it, so I may have gone a bit overboard with the coconut whipped cream frosting — feel free to reduce the amount of coconut cream and serve alongside instead!
Read on for the vegan sweet potato pie recipe.