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Eggless Pumpkin Pie

This eggless pumpkin pie is not only incredibly delicious, but practically fool proof!

In fact, since this is an eggless pumpkin pie, it is not going to crack or fall like other pumpkin pies!

Believe it or not, eggs are the ingredient that causes pumpkins to fall and crack if it is overcooked.

So, while I do not recommend overcooking your pie in any case, without the eggs, it is not going to fall or crack if you do.

Dairy free pumpkin pie using an oil crust

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but even I have to admit it isn’t the easiest one… a lot of work does go into making the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

For me, it is a labor of love and I am all the more happy sitting around the table watching the family I feel so grateful for enjoying the meal my mom and I spent hours making.

Then, when the pumpkin pie is served, it is bitter sweet because I know everything is coming to an end, but my mom’s pumpkin pie is also my most beloved food – my mom makes the best pumpkin pie!

What makes my mom’s pumpkin pie so good is that it is sweeter than most recipes, which really helps bring all the other flavors out too.

In comparison, a regular pumpkin pie tastes boring and bland, and I simply will not eat it.

I’ve made pumpkin pie with coconut milk, pumpkin pie with almond milk, and pumpkin pie with oat milk. But, the first time I made pumpkin pie without eggs, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous….

Pumpkin pie is actually made with pumpkin-based custard filling and custards use eggs as thickeners…

So I cannot tell you how excited I was when this eggless pumpkin pie came out perfect! It really tasted just like my mom’s pumpkin pie!

If you use coconut milk, then you can turn this eggless pumpkin pie into a heavenly vegan pumpkin pie!

If you’re looking for another eggless Thanksgiving classic, you may want to check out my eggless cornbread.


The pumpkin is native to North America and was served at the first Thanksgiving.  

It was an early export from the New World to Europe, and pumpkin pie recipes could be found in seventeenth century English cookbooks.

Pumpkin pies made by early American colonists were very different than what we know today as pumpkin pie. 

Their “pies” were actually savory soups made and served in a pumpkin rather than a sweet custard in a crust.

It was not until the early 1800s that the recipes appeared in American cookbooks and that pumpkin pie became a common addition to the Thanksgiving dinner. 

At the same time in England, pumpkin “pies” were prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar, and then baking it whole.


This is actually due to the same incredible woman who is behind our celebrating Thanksgiving altogether: Sarah Josepha Hale.

Hale was a prominent writer and editor.

She wrote the children’s poem Mary Had a Little Lamb, helped found the American Ladies’ Magazine – which she used as a platform to promote women’s issues – and was the editor for Godey’s Ladys’ Book for more than 40 years, turning it into one of the most influential periodicals in the country.

While at Godey’s, Hale often wrote editorials and articles about the holidays, including Thanksgiving (despite it not being a holiday yet).

She believed that if Thanksgiving were passed as a federal holiday, it would help ease growing tensions and divisions between the North and South at the time.

Hale advocated for the national holiday for 17 years before it was successful. She wrote presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, who all ignored her.

However, this didn’t stop her. She published recipes for the holiday in her magazine so that women would know what to make for it. Among these recipes was pumpkin pie!

It was finally President Lincoln who listened, though he planned on declaring the holiday in April.

Hale wrote again, and within a week, Thanksgiving declared to be on the final Thursday in November.

He hoped, as Hale did, that it would help “heal the wounds of the nation.”

Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln halfway through the civil war. 

However, since pumpkins were native to the North, southern states had no tradition of eating pumpkin pie, and so they saw it as a symbol of Yankee culture imposed on them. 

So, they made sweet potato pie instead. This tradition still holds in the South today, just as pumpkin pie does in the North.

Blind Baking The Crust

Blind baking is a technique used to help prevent the crust from becoming soggy and has a crisp texture.

How to Blind Bake a crust

  1. Cover the crust in the pie pan with baking paper or tin foil
  2. Fill it with pie weights, sugar, beans, or pennies and bake at 375°F or 190°C for 30 minutes
  3. Remove the filling and bake for another 10 minutes to brown the bottom


The primary role of sugar is to be a sweetener. However, sugar also contributes to the tenderness and moistness of the baked good by absorbing and retaining moisture and helps create the golden brown color when baking as it caramelizes.

Recipes with more sugar often result in softer, moister textures. However, I learned the hard way that too much sugar leads to a sticky mess.

When it’s heated, sugar caramelizes, resulting in a rich, complex flavor and a brown color. This adds both flavor and color to baked goods and is also the process in which caramel sauce, dulce de leche, caramel candies, and regular candies are made.

When used in recipes containing yeast, the sugar is eaten by the yeast, producing carbon dioxide and causing the dough to rise.

Sugar also acts as a preservative in jams, jellies, and fruit preserves by reducing water activity and preventing microbial growth.

There are many different types of sugar, including white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado sugar, and demerara sugar.

When a recipe calls for “sugar” without specifying anything else, it’s referring to regular white sugar.

White Sugar

White sugar (sometimes called granulated sugar, table sugar, or white granulated sugar) is made of either beet sugar or cane sugar, which has undergone a refining process.

It is the easiest to find and most commonly used.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added to it.

It is commonly used in chocolate chip cookie recipes, and it’s rare for a recipe that calls for brown sugar not to also call for white sugar as well.

When a recipe calls for “brown sugar” but doesn’t specify what type (light or dark), it is referring to light brown sugar.

In my recipes, you can use whatever type of brown sugar you have on hand, whether it is dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, or demerara sugar – which is very common in Israel.

Just keep in mind that the flavor and color will be slightly different, depending on what you choose to use.

Turbinado Sugar

Turbinado sugar is better known as “raw sugar.” But, despite this name, the sugar is not really “raw.”

Instead, it’s partially refined sugar that retains some of the original molasses.

The term “raw sugar” may also give off the impression that it is somehow healthier.

In reality, turbinado sugar is nutritionally similar to white sugar.

Demerara Sugar

Demerara sugar is very popular in Israel and is especially delicious in tea, but is also used for baking.

Unlike white sugar, demerara sugar undergoes minimal processing and retains some vitamins and minerals.

However, it is still not much healthier than white sugar.

Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla sugar is not very common in the States. However, it is common in Israel and parts of Europe.

This is sugar that sat for an extended period of time with vanilla beans, giving it a vanilla flavor.

Caster Sugar

This type of sugar is common in the United Kingdom.

It has a grain finer than white (granulated) sugar and larger than powdered sugar.

Caster sugar is often called for in recipes for delicate baked goods like meringues, souffles, and sponge cakes.

You can use a 1:1 conversion rate between caster sugar and white (granulated) sugar.

Powdered sugar

Powdered sugar, sometimes known as confectioners’ sugar, is a sugar with a powdered texture.

This sugar is rarely used for baking. Instead, it is used for dusting desserts and making frosting, icing, and glazes.

In some countries, you can also find powdered vanilla sugar.

It is made the exact same way regular vanilla sugar is made. However, the sugar used is powdered instead of granulated.

Vanilla Extract vs Vanilla sugar

In my recipes, I don’t specify what kind of vanilla to use.

The reason for this is that in the States, vanilla extract is exclusively used.

Meanwhile in Israel, along with many European countries, vanilla sugar is common.

In most, if not all recipes, both vanilla extract and vanilla sugar can be used.

In recipes where vanilla sugar can be used instead of extract, you can replace them 1:1.

Replacing Sugar with Honey

If you’d prefer to use honey instead of sugar, you can do so with pretty good results.

Honey can be two or even three times as sweet depending on the honey, so for every 1 cup of sugar, you can use 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.

Since honey adds liquid, you need to remove some to balance it out.  For every cup of honey, remove a 1/4 cup of liquid.

Also, it burns faster than granulated sugar, so you want to lower the baking temperature by 25 F.  In addition, check it early and often to avoid burning or overbaking.

How to Store Sugar

Sugar should be stored in an airtight container to prevent clumping and moisture absorption, and kept in a cool, dry place.

Do you have to put eggs in pumpkin pie?

No, you do not have to put eggs in pumpkin pie. However, if you don’t, you’ll need to replace them with another thickener.

What happens if you don’t put egg in pumpkin pie?

Not using eggs in pumpkin pie doesn’t affect the flavor of the pie, but unless you use another thickener, you’ll end up with pumpkin pie soup in a crust bowl.

Why is pumpkin pie a pie and not a tart?

The crust of a tart sits only on the bottom and is much thicker than pie crust.

How do I substitute eggs for pumpkin?

The secret to getting the perfect pumpkin pie without eggs is using cornstarch as a thickener.

I’ve used cornstarch for sauces, gravies, and even butternut squash pie when I didn’t drain the butternut squash enough, causing the mixture to be too loose.

So, knowing the food science behind cornstarch, it made sense to me to use it to replace the eggs as a thickener in this pumpkin pie.

Honestly, it turned out even better than I was expecting!

To replace eggs in pumpkin pie, you need 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water per egg – it worked like a charm!


Technically, you can, but regular pumpkins do not have much flavor. Even sugar pumpkins aren’t ideal for pumpkin pie.

Libby’s uses a specific type of pumpkin called the Dickinson pumpkin that is more similar to butternut squash than regular pumpkin.


If you’re not thrilled by the idea of using filling that comes out of a tin can, or live abroad and don’t have access to pumpkin pie filling, butternut squash is a great substitute.

The New York Times did a pumpkin pie test to see which squash made the best pumpkin pie. As it turns out, butternut squash puree makes for the best pumpkin pie filling!

Also as it turns out, the Dickinson pumpkin used in making Libby’s pie filling is actually the most in taste and texture to butternut squash.  

I can actually confirm this to be true.

After moving to Israel, my mom insisted on growing her own Dickinson pumpkins for pumpkin pie.

Funny thing, I was growing some pumpkins in the garden at the same time as butternut squash from seeds I had saved. Then, one day, we found a butternut squash growing on the pumpkin vine!

Anyway, we made pumpkin pie with the Dickinson pumpkins, and it was exactly like my butternut squash pie.

No surprise, they were both just like Libby’s pumpkin pie filling.

Can I make this pumpkin pie vegan?

Sure. To make a vegan pumpkin pie, just use the coconut milk option in the recipe.

If I use coconut milk in this recipe will my pie taste like coconut?

Nope. The coconut flavor is not at all detectable if you use it to make pumpkin pie.


The filling can be made a day in advance. In fact, doing so allows the flavor of the spices to develop.

Freshly baked pumpkin pie will keep for about 3 to 4 days if covered and refrigerated.


No. It has a custard filling, so it needs to be refrigerated.


Let cool to room temperature. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate for up to 3 to 4 days.


Let cool to room temperature. Wrap in plastic wrap until tightly sealed. Then wrap in a layer of aluminum foil.

If you do not have plastic wrap and aluminum foil, place it in a resealable freezer bag.

Place on a level freezer shelf and freeze for up to 1 to 2 months. After this, the pie is still safe to eat, but the quality begins to degrade.


When you are ready to defrost the pie, transfer it to the refrigerator. Let thaw for at least 12 hours.

Yield: 8 servings

Eggless Pumpkin Pie

Dairy free pumpkin pie using an oil crust

This eggless pumpkin pie is just as luxurious as your classic pumpkin pie and doesn't call for any special ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 15 ounce can 100% pure pumpkin*
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk or full fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pie crust


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F or 165°C.
  2. Place sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves into a medium or large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add pumpkin filling, evaporated milk or coconut milk, and water.  Whisk together by hand until well combined.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, pour the filling into a pie shell. Bake on the middle rack for 50 to 55 minutes or until the center has set.
  5. Cool on a wire rack until it reaches room temperature (about two hours). Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.


*If you'd rather not use canned pumpkin, you can use homemade butternut squash puree and it will taste exactly the same and even have a little prettier of a color.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 1g

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Wednesday 27th of September 2023

I made the eggless pie using cornstarch. It was a disaster!!!!!!!!! It never set up!!!! I am so disappointed


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

This may sound like a dumb question, but did you bake it? starches only thicken when they bake. Another dumb question, are you sure you used cornstarch? I once used cornstarch instead of powdered sugar by mistake and couldn't figure out why I was having so much trouble making the glaze for my muffins, and if I used something by mistake instead of cornstarch then the pie surely would not have set... I can't think of any other reason this pie didn't come out beautifully for you.

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