21 Apr Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

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This creamy vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust is No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and absolutely delicious!  This is a great dessert for any time of the year, but especially during the hot summer months.

 

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

 

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

These Vanilla Cream Pies are amazing.  Not amazing for a Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free dessert.  You know how people will say “This is good for a healthy dessert”.   No!

I mean these are amazing for ANY dessert.  I’ve had plenty of creamy desserts make with milk and cream and these vegan cream pies can stand up to those desserts any day.

 

Agar Agar

One key ingredient in this dessert is Agar Agar.  It’s made from seaweed (I believe) but it has absolutely no flavor so don’t worry about your dessert tasting like the ocean!  Agar Agar is the vegan version of gelatin.  The recipe will not work without it, but it’s pretty easy to find.  I ALWAYS find it at Asian grocery stores.  Just ask an employee and they should know exactly what it is.  Don’t buy it from Health Food Stores if you don’t have to because many of those stores charge a gazillion times more than the Asian grocery stores.

Also, make sure you purchase Agar Agar Powder, not the Flakes.  For some reason, the flakes do not have the same gelatinizing strength as the powder.  If you can only find the flakes then you might have to double the amount you use.

 

Chef’s Tip

In order to activate the agar agar you will have to mix it with water, heat it in a pan or pot, and stir stir stir!  Don’t stop stirring for 5 minutes.  You want to remove as much of the powdery agar agar clumps as possible so the mixture becomes smooth and thick.

Another important tip when using agar agar in any recipe is to have your food (whatever you’re adding the agar agar to) in a mixing bowl, blender, or food processor beforehand.  Once the agar agar is activated you’ll want to immediately add it to your mixture, in this case it will be the creamy vanilla custard mixture, and start to blend/stir/mix right away.  The agar agar mixture hardens very quickly so don’t rush and make a mess, but don’t take your sweet time on this step.

 

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Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

 

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

 

Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust

 


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Vanilla Cream Pie with Pecan Crust
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Delicious mini Vanilla Cream Pies that are vegan, gluten free, and easy to make!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream pie recipe, gluten free dessert, vanilla cream pie
Author: Daytime Vegan
Ingredients
  • Pecan Crust:
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • Vanilla Cream Filling:
  • 2 cups cashews
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 8 – 10 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 whole vanilla beans
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons agar agar powder + ¾ cups filtered water
  • paper muffin liners
  • cupcake pan
Instructions
  1. Prepare the muffin liners in the cupcake pan.
  2. To make the crust, place the pecans and dates in a food processor. Pulse the processor every few seconds until the dates and pecans form a crumbly mixture. You should be able to grab some of this pecan mixture in your hand, squeeze it, and it should hold its shape. Press about 2 tablespoons or so of this pecan crust into the botton of each muffin liner. Set aside.
  3. Place the cashews, 3 cups water, dates, vanilla beans, and salt in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Leave this mixuture in the blender for now.
  4. Place a small non-stick pot on medium heat. Add the ¾ cup of water and agar agar. Stir constantly for 5 minutes. Do not stop stirring. This mixture will thicken as you cook it. Agar Agar works like gelatin to thicken the cream mixture and cooking activates its thickening properties.
  5. After 5 minutes pour the agar agar mixture into the blender with the cream and blend for about 10 – 15 seconds, or until the agar agar is fully incorporated. The cream mixture will thicken immediately once you start blending and your blender might have a little trouble, but make sure the agar agar is evenly distributed.
  6. Quickly pour the vanilla cream mixture into the muffin liners, on top of the pecan crust. The cream will start to thicken fast, so don't take too long to complete this step.
  7. If you'd like, you can top these vanilla cream pies with a few chopped pecans and a drizzle of vegan chocolate sauce, but these will still taste delicious if you skip this step.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and place the mini vanilla cream pies in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until they are completely firm. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Use pitted California Dates if you cannot find Medjool Dates. 

 

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26 Comments
  • Akamatra
    Posted at 07:10h, 21 April Reply

    This is mouthwatering! I gave up sugar a while ago and I am so glad to have found yet another sugar free recipe to try!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:09h, 21 April Reply

      Yay! I’m glad I could help!

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 12:40h, 21 April Reply

    Oo this looks so amazing. You don’t suck at making this! I’d love it.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:09h, 21 April Reply

      lol, Thank you!

  • Sushmita
    Posted at 12:49h, 21 April Reply

    The pictures are amazing and have a feeling of dive in the back of my head right now. Seems like a delicious and inviting plus who doesn’t love a Pie!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:08h, 21 April Reply

      Exactly! Everyone loves pie, right?! Thanks!

  • Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
    Posted at 14:15h, 21 April Reply

    The crust looks so yummy and the filling looks perfect. This would be perfect for trying my first vegan dessert.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:08h, 21 April Reply

      Thanks!

  • Saidah Washington
    Posted at 17:06h, 21 April Reply

    I’d love to try this. I had a vegan cheesecake and it was so delish!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:08h, 21 April Reply

      Yes! Vegan Cheesecake is the Best! Thanks.

  • Briana
    Posted at 00:13h, 22 April Reply

    This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. We would have to omit and replace the pecans for my household but I will definitely be giving this a try.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:03h, 22 April Reply

      Thank you, I hope you like it!

  • J. Shan'Trice - Fashionaire She
    Posted at 03:07h, 22 April Reply

    I swear you have the most beautiful food pics. This dessert looks great and I love that incorporates so much vanilla beans, I love vanilla beans!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:03h, 22 April Reply

      Yes, I love vanilla beans too!! Thank you

  • Kristen
    Posted at 03:12h, 22 April Reply

    These look amazing and so fancy as individual little tarts! Your photography is beautiful!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:03h, 22 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • David Elliott
    Posted at 03:14h, 22 April Reply

    The vanilla cream pie does look amazing. I would love to have this sometime. Desserts are difficult to do sometimes, so don’t feel bad that you don’t feel wonderful at them.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:03h, 22 April Reply

      Thank you! I’m getting a little better each time!

  • Deimarys
    Posted at 03:50h, 22 April Reply

    I don’t think you suck at making anything. I love your cooking post and like all of them this one has me drooling too. Now I’m hungry!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:02h, 22 April Reply

      Thank you so much!! I’m trying!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 19:34h, 22 April Reply

    This sounds sooooo good! Major plus that it’s vegan too. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:02h, 22 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Ana Ojha
    Posted at 20:53h, 23 April Reply

    These Vanilla Cream Pies with Pecan Crust look so tempting and incredibly delicious! I feel like grabbing it from my lappy right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 04:32h, 24 April Reply

      lol! Thank you!

  • michenn
    Posted at 13:18h, 24 April Reply

    I love the editing on your photos and that pie looks amazing! Would totally eat that (but definitely can’t make it!)

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:50h, 24 April Reply

      lol, thank you!

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