Have you ever had sweet potato pie? Me neither until recently, I attempted to make a healthy vegan version of it. Growing up I would sing this random song that now, I have no idea where it originated from. I am sure it came from some cartoon or movie but it went something like this:
“Turkey, lobster, sweet potato pie
Pancakes piled up till they reach the sky
Oh I want to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat until I die!”
Now, I could have it wrong, but I’m sure those words were fairly close to what I remember. I would sing that song over and over. And up until this day, this song still crosses my mind around Thanksgiving.
I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t until the last year or so, I thought sweet potato pie was just a made up thing and didn’t exist. All I ever remember was that dreaded, blasted pumpkin pie that showed up every flipping year by the hundreds in stores. Is that all people knew to eat for dessert?
My mother said sweet potato pie was a southern thing. Hmmm, my Granny was from the south and every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas she would make multiple pies. Sweet potato pie was NEVER an option sitting on her counter. Granny made chocolate pie, cherry pie, that dreaded pumpkin pie (surprise, surprise), raisin pie (bleh) and there would be a pecan pie, but I don’t think she made the pecan pie and maybe one more such as apple. How many pies could my family possibly eat? Granny’s counter would be full of pies.
By the way, I don’t like pie, and I never have liked pie.
But a few months ago that song came to my mind for some bazaar reason and I was on the internet hunt for sweet potato pie. I found it, low and behold it DOES exist! My mother wasn’t a liar after all! Not that she would ever lie….
Well since I have many food allergies, I was on the lookout for a sweet potato pie I could eat. I was going to try making this pie if my life depended on it just so I could have full satisfaction of singing that song. I found a recipe on Pinterest (I am obsessed with Pinterest) and decided to give it a whirl. Now the recipe in the link had to be tweaked so I could eat it. I made a date, nut and coconut crust rather than a packaged pie crust. I also used general spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. because I didn’t have some of the listed spices on hand such as cardamom. What is cardamom anyway?
What I liked about this recipe is the individual spices listed. I have to use individual spices and not packet spices so I know what is in them and I don’t take a risk of some additive that could cause an allergic reaction. Anyway, long story short, this pie was so good!!! And I don’t like pie!
Below is a picture of it before I baked it. I think the only reason it turned out good is because it was baked in one of my Granny’s original pie tins and as she would have said, it turned out because I “held my mouth right”.
My first attempt at making an allergy friendly pie that I thought for sure didn’t exist, actually turned out yummy! Sweet potato pie in fact, DOES exist and if you’ve never had it, I suggest you try it! You’ll want to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat until you die!!!