The New Veganism: Raw, Vegan Pecan Pie


James Ransom’s images for my New Veganism column at Food52 are always so stunning that there’s little need for me to say too much about the recipes I share there. Today’s pie post is a perfect example. One glance at the lovely creation above is enough to make anyone want the recipe.

But, if you need a little more convincing, here it is: this my spin on a traditional pecan pie. It features the same kind of pie crust I use in all of my raw desserts: dried fruit and nuts, pressed into an appropriate mold. The filling is made of creamy medjool dates, some pecans, and a touch of melted coconut oil, which altogether give it the same kind of rich, creamy, buttery taste you probably know and love already. And since it’s raw, you don’t have to preheat your oven, make pie crust, or bake a single thing. Just chop, process, press, pour, and decorate.


The pie is incredibly fun to make, and it’s a delight to eat. With the holidays coming up, I hope it’ll rise to the top of your “must make” list. Get the full recipe, and read my latest New Veganism column, today.


All images courtesy of James Ransom for Food52.

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Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized, Pies & Tarts, Raw Desserts
Method: No-Bake
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Raw, Soy Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Holidays

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  1. This pie was a hit with my family! No one believed that there was no brown sugar in the recipe! The flavor and sweetness of dates can be highly underestimated… I used some old dates from the back of my fridge- will definitely be making this again, can’t wait to try it with fresh ones! Thank you!

  2. I’m struck by how dark those pecans are! I’ve never seen raw pecan that deep shade of brown. The ones we have out here in CA are always much lighter, and the ones I’ve received as gifts from Georgia are even lighter still. Are you sure those are not toasted? Or perhaps the photographer did something to the lighting to make the nuts look darker? Did your pie look like that? Thank you. ;o)

  3. Although this pie looks awesome i have to say i am distracted by the ad to the right of this article with a large photo of a Turducken asking me to click and buy one for only $69.99……

    • Ew! Gross, I am so sorry. I don’t see the ad at all. Were you on a mobile? I’ll let my ad network know immediately.

      • Hey,
        Yes i was on my iphone- i don’t see it there right now, the ads are different. Just wanted to let you know…

  4. What a great idea! I’ve made a completely nut-based pecan pie before and it was delicious but didn’t represent traditional pecan pie at all. Thanks for the inspiration (as always)!

  5. I used to always be intimidated by raw desserts, but I’ve realized now that a lot of the time they’re actually easier to make than baked desserts! This looks amazing. It might have to be my contribution to the Thanksgiving dessert table this year.

  6. Oh my – I have no words – other than gobbledygook for: That’s some good pie! What is the trick to cutting neat slices? I always manage to get half of the slice stuck to the knife. Seriously. 😀

  7. I love that you’ve given options with the nuts, we don’t really have pecans here in New Zealand BUT we do have a walnut tree :D. Lovely photos and a great looking recipe, thanks!