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Vegan Bourbon-Orange Sweet Potato Pie

Silky-smooth Vegan Bourbon Orange Sweet Potato Pie is a unique take on the classic dessert. Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and grain-free, this healthier dessert is vegan and almost paleo!

Vegan Bourbon Orange Sweet Potato Pie - grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and almost paleo

You know what goes really well with sweet potatoes?

Bourbon.  And orange.


I made this discovery a few years ago when I randomly added booze to my mashed potatoes in this Maple Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe and I have been pairing the three ever since. 

For the life of me, I couldn’t tell you why it has taken me so long to connect the dots between the three ingredients and PIE.

But the dots hath been connected, and what we have here is an prolifically intriguing take on the sweet po’ pie. Remember that Chai-Spiced Vegan Sweet Potato Pie recipe I posted last year?

I mean, that recipe is great, but I feel like we next-level-ed the pie scene with this one.

It tastes rich. And creamy. Silky smooth.

With a beautiful zesty orange essence and a booze backer.

Don’t worry, you can’t get drunk off this pie. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Vegan Bourbon Orange Sweet Potato Pie - grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and almost paleo

Oh hey, do you want to know how to make your sweet potato pie EXTRA Silky??

After cooking the sweet potatoes, remove the peel and the first layer of potato – the first layer of potato should come off really easily right with the peel.

This way, you’re left with the softest, moistest part of the sweet potatoes, yielding the silkiest most delectable pie.

How to Make Bourbon Orange Sweet Potato Pie:

This pie really isn’t a big deal to assemble.

We zip the ingredients for the crust through the food processor, blend the sweet potato filling mixture in a blender, assemble the most beautiful display of bourbon…errr…I mean pie you’ve ever encountered, and BOOM! We have ourselves a fabulous, festive holiday dessert that is (ready for this?…) grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and almost paleo (almost on account of the bourbon).

That crust, though…

If there’s one thing about pie I’ve always loved the most, it’s the crust.

Pro tip: Cook the sweet potatoes up to 3 days ahead of time (I steam mine…you can also roast) for ease of preparation. It just helps having that step done and done before you start the pie bakeage.

Pro tip numero dos: Make the pie itself up to 3 days before Thanksgiving to allow it to marinate in its own flavors.

Neither of these tips is crucial, but if you’re serving the pie cold, it’s best to give it plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator…and to allow the flavor fairies to visit.

What else do you need to know?

We’ve got bourbon, we’ve got orange, we’ve got sweet potato, who could ask for anything more?

Speaking of bourbon and orange…

Vegan Bourbon Orange Sweet Potato Pie - grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and almost paleo

Optional Bourbon-Orange Drizzle:

I made a bourbon-orange maple syrup to drizzle on top of this sonofagun.

I didn’t add it to the actual recipe card because it just looked like too big of a recipe already and I didn’t want you to shy away from it.

If you’d like to follow suit, simply heat 3 tbl pure maple syrup, 1 tbl bourbon, and 1/2 tsp orange zest in a small skillet over medium-low heat.

Bring it to a gentle boil and cook, stirring frequently until it reduces half its volume, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.

Believe you me, it’s worth the 5 minutes it takes to make the syrup!

It’s just that icing on the…pie…factor.

I also topped the pie with maple-toasted pecans and coconut milk yogurt, but you can also make homemade coconut milk whipped cream.

You can skip all the accoutrements and serve the pie as is and still get nods of approval.

You can eat this for breakfast, for snack, post-workout refuel…stick it in a blender and make a smoothie out of it, I mean, the options are endless here, folks.

You can also check out my Paleo Sweet Potato Pie recipe and my Healthy Pumpkin Pie.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy your holiday menu planning! Just remember:

Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.

Deep breaths. We’ve got this holiday season thing.

Vegan Bourbon Orange Sweet Potato Pie - grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and almost paleo

Vegan Bourbon-Orange Sweet Potato Pie

Take your sweet potato pie to the next level with this bourbon-orange infused recipe! It's vegan, dairy-free, and delicious!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 8-inch pie


Walnut Crust:

Sweet Potato Filling


Prepare the crust:

  • Add the crust ingredients to a food processor and process until a thick dough forms. This substance should be sticky, oily, and should pinch together easily. If the crust seems too dry, add a little additional pure maple syrup.
  • Line the bottom of an 8-inch spring form pie pan with parchment paper and press the crust mixture into the bottom of the pan until you have an even layer.

Make the Filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the filling ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. The filling mixture should be very thick. You can add a small amount of additional coconut milk if your blender is having a difficult time blending the ingredients.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared pie dish and smooth into an even layer. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until the pie appears golden. Turn off the oven and allow the pie to sit in the warm oven an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove pie from the oven and allow it to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before cutting and serving. Note: you can also put the pie in your freezer to speed up the process.


*You can replace the walnuts with raw almonds or pecans or do a combination of nuts. If you use only raw almonds, you may need to add a little additional coconut oil to get the crust to bind.
**You can either boil, steam, or roast the sweet potatoes. Just be sure to allow them to cool before you peel the skin off 😉 When mashed, 2 medium to large sweet potatoes amounts to 2.5 to 3 cups when mashed.
***You only need the zest from the orange - you can save the flesh/juice for a snack 


Serving: 1of 8 - Calories: 411kcal - Carbohydrates: 34g - Protein: 6g - Fat: 30g - Fiber: 3g - Sugar: 21g
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon orange sweet potato pie, dairy free, egg-free pie recipe, gluten free, healthy pie recipe, paleo pie recipes, paleo sweet potato pie, vegan sweet potato pie recipe
Servings: 1 8-inch pie
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Julia
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Vietnam Travel

Friday 3rd of January 2020

It looks very delicious. I can't wait to do and try it now!!! Thanks u!


Monday 17th of December 2018

I've made this pie twice and both times the crust has ended up burnt. The pie itself was delicious but I can't figure out why the crust is burning. I used virgin unrefined coconut oil which has a smoking point of 350 degrees. I tried the 2nd time baking at 325ish and same result.

Any recommendations? Should I be using refined coconut oil instead?


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that, Thomas! I wouldn't think it would matter whether or not the coconut oil is unrefined. A couple questions - are you lining the pie pan with parchment paper? Are you using walnuts for the crust or a different type of nut? Try using avocado oil (which has a smoke point of 520 degrees) instead if you have some on hand. Or, try it with more 1 to 2 additional tablespoons of coconut oil and perhaps that will protect the nuts from burning. I will also troubleshoot on my end and see what I come up with! xo


Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

Making this amazing pie for Thanksgiving! Curious what kind of ‘whipped cream’ you served on top?


Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

Sorry, just read through the notes. Thank you!

Doreen Colnaghi

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Well, I thought I had all the ingredients. I have cashews, but not raw. Can I use them? Or can I use already ground almond meal? Thank you.


Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Hi Doreen!

You can use cashews instead of walnuts for the crust so long as they're unsalted. If they're salted, I think that will throw off the flavor of the pie. You may also need to add a small amount of additional coconut oil if the crust mixture isn't very sticky. Let me know if you have any other questions! xo

Authentik Vietnam

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Sweet potato for the pie is perfect! <3

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