Veganism is trending and the highest in demand is vegan food. This is because vegan dishes can be made in numerous variations of their original versions to retain the vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free concept. And vegan desserts are a particular favorite in the vegan food category. You’d be surprised how they can still be as yummy-luscious as always without sugar or dairy!
Here we bring one such classic dessert recipe – coconut cream pie – with a vegan twist for all those vegans who’ve been craving to pamper their sweet tooth with something healthy and delicious. It’s the healthy coconut cream pie with coconut milk! Coconuts have several properties that helps us make use of them for different purposes like you can prepare vegan coconut milk, vegan deodorant using coconut oil and many more such things.
Before we get on to making eggless coconut cream pie, here’s something worth a note. Toasted coconut forms a very vital part of this recipe. Its aromatic fragrance as it turns brown on toasting is to die for and adding it to the recipe is nowhere optional – it’s a highly mandatory element of this lip-smacking vegan pie.
Dairy-Free Coconut Cream Pie Recipe
Dairy-free coconut custard pie is rich and creamy; yet without the richness of dairy cream, and it’s crisp and flaky too without the need to add normal sugar to enhance its texture. This is what this recipe makes it stand apart from the crowd. And with endless variations available online, we thought of sharing this one so you know the original make and can try it yourself at home too.
To make the crust –
- Walnuts – 2 cups
- Dates – 1 cup, packed
- Dried coconut – ½ cup, desiccated
To make coconut pudding filling –
- Coconut sugar – 1/3 cup
- Corn starch – 3 tbsp.
- Salt – to taste
- Coconut milk – 400 ml can
- Shredded coconut – ½ cup
- Vanilla essence – 1 tsp.
To make the topping –
- Vegan coconut cream – 400 ml can chilled in the fridge overnight
- Powdered sugar – 6 tbsp.
To make toasted coconut –
- Shredded coconut – ¼ cup
Step 1: All walnuts, dates, and dried and desiccated coconut to the food processor and blend everything together. The crumbled texture of the ingredients would soon change to a sticky dough.
Step 2: When it gets too sticky that it starts forming lumps, place the dough on a pie dish and pat it down, working it up along the sides.
Step 3: Freeze the dough to allow it to set for a while.
Step 4: While it freezes up, prepare the filling. For this, whisk together corn starch, coconut sugar, salt, and coconut milk in a large saucepan. Then heat the saucepan on medium-high flame, stirring regularly. The mix should be thick and bubbling.
Step 5: Remove from the heat and add shredded coconut and vanilla essence. Transfer to a glass bowl, cover it up with a plastic wrapand place in the fridge to cool and set thoroughly. You can also place it in the freezer for a bit to fasten up cooking.
Step 6: Take out the coconut cream cans from the fridge. Avoid shaking them. Upon opening, the cream portion would come to the top and only water would remain at the bottom. Scoop out the cream portion of both the cans and place it in an electric mixer bowl.
Step 7: Start with low speed and slowly increase it until the cream is fully whipped. Now add powdered sugar and whip again.
Step 8: Once the coconut pudding has cooled in the fridge and set perfectly, add half of the whipped cream to it. Spread it over the walnut/date crust,
Step 9: Garnish with the rest of the whipped cream. To decorate the toasted coconut, place ¼ cup of shredded coconut on the baking tray. Set the temperature to 350°F for about 6-8 minutes, while stirring regularly until it’s brown and fragrant.
Step 10: Allow it to cool well before garnishing it atop the pie.
Step 11: Serve warm or chilled; also, once cooked, the pie can be stored in the fridge to last a few days when sealed in an airtight container.
Vegan coconut cream pie recipe is just one offering from the huge storehouse of vegan desserts and recipes. If you really want to go vegan, there’s absolutely no dearth of options out there. And the best part is you don’t even need to compromise with your taste buds – it’s super tasty and healthy too. Make it today and do share below what you think.