Coconut Custard Pie

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


My baby brother, Cullen, turned 24 yesterday.  To celebrate, I took him to see The Muppets Movie and made him this Coconut Custard Pie.  Although my brother eats both gluten and tofu, I have certain rules when it comes to cooking and baking.  Besides the obvious(only making foods that are vegan), I will only make gluten-free and tofu-free food, as well.  Even after being vegan for over 6 years, tofu still freaks me out, what can I say?

It's pretty difficult to find vegan and tofu-free coconut custard recipes.  After searching online for probably two hours, I decided to alter the Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie from Vegan Pie In The Sky.  Cullen said it was his most favorite dessert I ever made.  I'm sure the extra ingredient of love made it a little more special ;)


Coconut Custard Pie
adapted from Vegan Pie In The Sky

Cookie Crumb Crust:
1 3/4 cups finely ground cookies (I used gluten-free gingerbread cookies!)
3 tbsp vegan sugar
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl, combine ground cookies, sugar, and coconut.  Add in the coconut oil and mix together until the dry mixture is completely damp and begins to clump.  Add in the almond milk and mix thoroughly until mixture is evenly damp and consistent in texture.  Press into greased pie pan and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on counter for a half hour.  If the bottom still looks a bit damp, place in refrigerator for an additional 15 minutes to a half hour, or until firm. 

Toast coconut:
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and  spread coconut overtop. Place in preheated oven for 5-6 minutes, opening the oven every 2 minutes to stir.  Remove from oven when coconut is lightly brown.

Coconut Custard:
3 cups full-fat coconut milk(about 1 and a half cans)
2/3 cup vegan sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup arrowroot starch
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup toasted coconut, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, sugar, and salt.  Use a whisk and continuously stir until  sugar granules have melted.  Add in arrowroot starch and continue to whisk until the mixture begins to bubble.  Reduce heat to low-medium and keep whisking until the mixture has thickened significantly(about 15-20 minutes).  Add in the the shredded coconut and 1/4 cup of the toasted coconut, stirring until the mixture thickens even more.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.  Pour into prepared pie crust and top with the remainder of the toasted coconut.  Chill in refrigerator overnight. 

28 comments:

  1. WOW ! this is so delicious recipe .I love Coconut Custard Pie, thats a wonderful recipe........
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  2. jesse- thank you!!

    gluten-free- that is quite the complement coming from you! *blush* ;)

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  3. Wow this looks so gorgeous! I used to love CCP too but haven't even thought about it until now... Did he say how it came out?

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  4. thanks foodfeud! he said it was his most favorite dessert that i've ever made! he loved it ;)

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  5. I am going to go home and make this for my dad today - he needs a pie made with love, and coconut is his favorite. Thank you for this recipe!!

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  6. yay sarah! you're welcome! i hope it turns out perfectly and that your dad says it's his most favorite pie he ever had, especially with the extra added ingredient of love <3

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  7. I wish you were my sister, for reals. Can we still work that out despite the fact that we are grown women?

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  8. haha yessssssssssssssss. we can wear matching sweaters and pretend we're fraternal twins ;) caitlin and cara- that totally sounds like twins names! by any chance, does your middle name begin with an m?? ;)

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  9. Deeeelish! That's the next pie on my list of Must Make Now from that book. After I finish tweaking that amazing un-cheesecake, that is . . .

    Also, so happy you live close enough to bake a pie for your brother on his birthday. My siblings live half way across the country.

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  10. windycityvegan- thank you! i haven't purchased the book yet, but hopefully i get it for christmas ;)

    and i'm VERY fortunate to have my brother live 20 minutes away. we're very close, so if he lived half way across the country, i'd be very unhappy about that. hopefully you get to see your siblings on holidays?

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  11. We're flying back to celebrate the end of Christmas (we arrive that evening) and my daughter's birthday - she was a New Years Day baby. My sister has two daughters, so it is a very festive visit. :)

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  12. that sounds so fun! and it's good that your daughter's birthday can be celebrated with the family, as well ;)

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  13. I am loving the matching sweaters idea! And YES, Caitlin and Cara sounds like the perfect fraternal twins names :) And YES, my middle is Michelle!! hahaha It was meant to be. Now make me a pie :) <--I'm the bossy one.

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  14. caitlin megan and cara michelle! whoa! it was totally meant to be ;) you're the bossy one and i'm the submissive one, ha! i'm gonna go make you the pie now ;)

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  15. Ah, the reversal of roles from real life feels real nice! I'm the youngest in my family so naturally I am the submissive one. I like being bossy, however. Especially if it means I get pie out of the deal :)

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  16. funny, because i'm the bossy older sister in real life, ha!

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  17. Ahh yes, a heavy dose of love will make any recipe instantly taste better. Way to be, sister. I'm not a huge fan of coconut but this dessert looks absolutely delicious, I may have to give it a try. Maybe I'll become a coconut convert afterall.
    Thanks for the great recipe. I'm somewhat new to your blog, but I already really enjoy it :)

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  18. tlsc- i'm so glad you really enjoy my blog and are interested in the recipe! if you enjoy, i really hope you love it ;) although, i must say, there is QUITE a lot of coconut in it.. ;)

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  19. I'm amazed there's no tofu in that! Looks amazing!

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  20. i am crazy about coconut and drooling on the computer right now! haha

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  21. alexia! that is QUITE the complement! thank you ;)

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  22. This looks delicious! I'll be trying it soon : )

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  23. you're welcome, jenné, enjoy!

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  24. Wow! So happy I found this recipe. I absolutely love coconut (cream) pie, which is a custard made with milk. My mum & sister make the best. But I have been wondering how to make this favorite of mine without the dairy and not having to use tofu. Bingo! Thank you for sharing your luscious creation. Can't wait to try this. I will probably use a nut crust though to avoid the baking step.

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    1. i'm so happy you found it! the nut crust is a fantastic idea!

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  25. I just can not get to make this coconut cream pie fast as I can. Thanks .Eleanor

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