If you’re totally obsessed with fall like most of the population, ya better hold onto your toques! Today’s recipe is probably the most fall-y recipe I’ve EVER made, which says a lot. (No, fall-y isn’t a word, but I’ve officially decided it is. Deal with it!) It’s no doubt that pumpkin spice lattes are a cold weather drink staple. If ya hate ’em, I still urge you to try this recipe, cause it might just convert ya to #TeamPSL… and if you’re a die-hard fan, get ready for this vegan pumpkin spice latte pie to blow ya freakin’ mind!
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Now, back to my pumpkin spice latte pie. To say it’s ridiculous would be a slight understatement, if I’m bein’ honest. It starts with a no-bake graham cracker crust which is ALWAYS a good idea if you ask me. Next, a creamy pumpkin-y spice filling that’s creamier than any pumpkin pie I’ve ever had. And then I top it all off with… wait for it… espresso foam! As if that weren’t enough, I’m layering it with even more coconut whip and drizzles of caramel. What’s that? You’ve never heard of anything this crazy? That’s what I thought.
vegan pumpkin spice latte pie
pumpkin spice lattes are never vegan... so let's turn those flavors into a ridiculous, sweet, festive vegan pie!
no bake crust
- 9 full sheets (18 squares) vegan friendly graham crackers
- ⅓ C melted vegan butter
- ¼ C packed light brown sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 (400ml / 13.5oz) cans very chilled coconut cream (about 2 cups)
- 1 (8oz / 227g) container vegan cream cheese (1 cup)
- ½ C granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 tsp fine ground instant espresso powder, divided
- 1 (15oz / 425g) can pure pumpkin puree (about 1 ½ cups)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground all-spice
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 16 cocomels coconut milk caramels (1 x 3.5oz / 100g bag)
- 3 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
- 1 can vegan ready-made coconut whip
Place graham crackers in a zipper bag and seal with no air inside. Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a measuring cup to crush the crackers into a fine crumb. There should be no large crumbs in this mixture so crush them good!
Melt the butter in a mixing bowl in the microwave and then add the crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, and sea salt to the bowl. Mix with a spatula or your hands until well combined and it looks like wet sand. If you notice any larger crumbs of graham crackers you can crush further with the measuring cup or your fingers.
Press the crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan with the bottom of the measuring cup into an even layer and up the sides. It should be very compact. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. At this point you could refrigerate this overnight, to get ahead, and then proceed with making the filling a few hours before you plan on serving the pie.
When the pie crust is nearly done chilling you can start to make the filling. Attach the whip attachment to your stand mixer and afix the bowl. To the bowl add coconut cream and ensure this is only the thick cold cream. Do not get any coconut water/liquid in the mixture. Also add cream cheese and granulated sugar and whip together over medium speed until very smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and whip on low until well combined.
Separate 1 ½ cups of this into another mixing bowl and add 2 teaspoons instant espresso. Stir together until very well combined and the granules have dissolved. Set this aside in the fridge.
In the bowl of the stand mixer with the remaining cream, add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of remaining instant espresso powder and mix over medium speed until well combined.
Pour this into the chilled crust and spread into an even layer. Top with the espresso cream and using an offset spatula spread this out just before the edges so you still see the pumpkin layer underneath. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 4 hours, to set and firm up. Ideally, it’s better if you don’t refrigerate this overnight as the filling will make the graham crust soggier the longer it sits. It’s best eaten the day it’s made, for best results. If you want to get ahead, only make the crust the night before and leave it in the fridge without filling, then allow enough time to make the filling and have the whole pie set before serving. If you have to let it sit overnight, it’s still perfectly tasty but the crust is just softer.
To make a quick caramel drizzle, add caramels and coconut milk to a small saucepan over low heat. Stir with a spatula until completely melted and smooth about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour caramel into a glass heat safe measuring cup or bowl to cool completely. It will stay soft at room temperature, no need to refrigerate if using within 1 to 2 days.
Top the chilled pie with the ready-made coconut whip and drizzle with caramel just before
If you can't find cans of coconut cream you can use full-fat coconut milk, but ensure you have them refrigerated well in advance to allow the cream to get very thick and liquid to separate. You may also need up to 3 cans if using only coconut milk.
If you can't find coconut caramels, you can also follow my caramel recipe here. But instead of using coconut sugar, use light brown sugar and halve the recipe. The trick is to use a candy thermometer and only heat the mixture until thread stage or 230°F so it stays soft at room temperature.