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Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Rich, gooey, and impossibly fudgy, this secretly healthy chocolate pecan pie is surprisingly delicious and perfect for the holidays!

Secretly Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie

Of course chocolate.

Would you expect anything less from a chocolate covered blog?

This secretly healthy pecan pie is the perfect balance of gooey, chewy, rich, and sweet.

If you can’t stop eating the raw batter, you know a recipe’s going to be good!

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Secretly Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe

How do you pronounce “pecan”? I always said it pee-can (like toucan) until I moved to Texas.

There, people told me I had it all wrong, and it was pee-cahn, or even puh-cahn.

They take it very seriously down here… kind of like the “sprinkles or jimmies” debate.

By the way, does anyone say “jimmies”? I’ve never met anyone who does!

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Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie

The first time I made this healthy chocolate pecan pie, I used Mori Nu firm silken tofu, which added incredible creaminess and depth, not to mention added protein!

But so many people have asked, over the years, for a soy-free version that I went back to the recipe and discovered you can also use an equal amount of raw cashew butter (or make your own by soaking cashews and then blending until smooth).

So the choice is yours!

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe
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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Rich, gooey, and impossibly fudgy, this secretly healthy chocolate pecan pie is perfect for Thanksgiving dessert.
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 6 slices
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  • 1 cup raw pecans, plus extras for garnish
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice, or stevia equivalent
  • 12.3 oz silken-firm tofu (Here's a soy free version: Vegan Pecan Pie)
  • 2 tbsp molasses, or additional maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp melted chocolate chips, optional


  • Blend all ingredients, except pecans, in a food processor until very smooth. Then add the pecans and pulse a few times until they’re chopped. Pour into a prepared pie crust, and top with additional pecans if desired. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, for 45 minutes. If you serve the pie immediately, it’ll be very gooey (not necessarily a bad thing). But if you let it chill in the fridge, it firms up quite nicely the longer it sits. The pie fills up a prepared graham-cracker crust. If your crust is bigger, you might want to make 1 and 1/2 servings or even double the recipe. I cut this pie into 9 slices for the party, but that was because people often prefer “taste-size” slices at parties with many desserts. I’d say this recipe could comfortably serve six.
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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    I LOVE Almond Breeze – can’t wait to try these new flavors.

    I say puh-cahn or pee-cahn pie. What’s funny was after I had your pronunciation in my head it was REALLY hard to figure out what I naturally say. Ha. We had pecan pie for Thanksgiving this year.

  2. Barb says

    i’m from the philadelphia area, and everyone i know says “jimmies” for rainbow colored, especially. chocolate are still “sprinkles”, most times. I’ve always said “sprinkles”..

    I’ve never been a fan of pecan pie, but probably because I just love other pies so much! Your recipe makes me want to try it! Maybe I’ll be a convert.. 🙂 Glad you had a happy holiday!

  3. Tine says

    Lovely recipe! Gonna try this!
    Question: is the extra sugar necessary if you already use agave of maple syrup? Or do you need it for the ‘texture’ of the pie?

  4. Crystal says

    Oh Katie I was SOOOO wrong our pies are NOTHING alike!! Here is the recipe and picture of my pie …

    If you ever feel like making it and telling people about it I would be honored!! It was soooo simple to make just a few ingredients that I already had on hand and no baking required (other than toasting to pecans)!!

    To be fair the pie I made is not vegan, but only because I used a store bought pie crust … swap out the crust for a vegan crust and then you will have yourself a 100% true vegan pie!! 🙂

  5. Rebecca says

    I’m from Texas and I say “puh-cahn”…The “pee-can” is what men keep in the car for long auto trips in case there’s not a serviceable, clean restroom for many miles or any acceptable trees or bushes to duck behind… Women might have these also but it’s a bit more challenging for us gals…(TMI…but this is a joke for us here in Texas)!

    (Joke, folks…just a joke…) If you “get” this then I bet you have a hard time saying “pee-can” again without a grin!

    😉 Cheers, Y’all!

  6. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says

    I love this pie recipe- and wish I had seen it before Thanksgiving. I indulged too much in a chocolate pecan pie that was definitely NOT as healthy as this. I made a pumpkin pie using silken tofu that was AWESOME.
    Oh- and I picked up some of the almond/coconut milk over the weekend… I think I’m in love…

  7. Amanda says

    I absolutely love pecan pie, but tend to stay away from it because it’s such a calorie/fat bomb. I love that you’ve managed to health-ify pecan pie, while still keeping all of the great flavor. I’m excited to give your recipe a try the next time I have a craving. 🙂

    I say “puh-cahn” most of the time, but I’ll change it up depending on who I’m hanging around. Is there a “correct” way to pronounce it?

  8. Katalicst7 says

    I’m also from Philly and I always say jimmies! And yes, since moving to Texas, I say puh-cahn. Also strange, until I came to Texas, I didn’t like pecans. Now that it’s easier to buy them fresh, I LOVE them!

  9. Megan says

    Being from Texas, I do pronounce it “puh-cahn”, but I don’t take it seriously if people say it differently. I have never heard anyone actually say jimmies, although I do see it on packages. I suppose we could all start saying nonpareils! I am not a huge fan of pecan pie (often due to its nutritional disaster) but your recipe eliminates the excessive corn syrup plus has chocolate! Yum! Also, I tried a fantastic Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe from Vegetarian Times, and my parents loved it! You might not have seen it on another comment, but I read about a website where you can design your own chocolate bar,, and immediately thought of you!

  10. Anna @ The Guiltless Life says

    When I lived in England I used to say pee-can too but since moving to Canada people say pee-cahn. Where I’m from in the Caribbean, we all have such funny Caribbean accents that there’s no point in going on our pronunciations! We say “burGUNdy” for burgundy. Yikes!

    Yay for new Almond Breeze products! Thanks for the heads-up…!

  11. auntiecarole says

    Living in Massachusetts, I grew up with “jimmies”— chocolate or rainbow. I love PEE-CAN pie–this looks wonderful especially with chocolate!

  12. Leo says

    oh my, I am sO going to do this!! chocolate and pecan (I say it peh-cann [rhymes with anne]) are, like, one of my favorite combinations ever (right next to pb and banana and apple and almond butter)

  13. Kit-Kat says

    I say pecan like: “Pee-KON”.
    My Grandmommy says it: “Pee-KAHN”.
    And I’ve only heard “jimmies” once: from a Brittish lady in a Brittish shop.
    Almond Breeze is such a yummy company…. I’ve had their regular Almond milk before, but I have switched over to Silk’s almond milk when I use it. I find myself having Soymilk more often than almond milk (I do use it in baking, though).

  14. Laurel says

    Hey Katie,

    Where do you get a prepared pie crust from? Is it something you made earlier or did you buy it? Also is it gluten free?


    PS. I live in New Zealand so can’t always get the same products as you. PPS. I say pee-can.

  15. Lou says

    I pronounce it like pee-can. hehe.
    I’m totally going to make this for Christmas… my in-Laws have a pecan orchard so we have ridiculous amounts of the nuts around… this looks like a delicious way to use them 🙂

  16. Lauren (PB&G) says

    I’m drooling over here!!

    I haven’t had a slice of pe-cahn pie for ages (even before I changed my diet) and it was next to torture to see the traditional butter and egg laced version over the holiday! Yours looks SOOOOO much better, though!

  17. Katie says

    Definitely “puh-cawn” (The “w” just seemed right, I …stretch… the word so much), but then, I use terms like “y’all”, “hunker down”, and “I reckon so” pretty regularly.

  18. Paula's Plate says

    This looks phenomenal, I can’t wait to try it out! I now have reason to stop by the grocery store tonight and pick up some tofu 🙂

    I say pecan like you do, though I am from the north…I think PEA-can is more of a southern thing…though I’m no expert 🙂 I think it can be said either way as long as it’s tasty and going in my mouth. 🙂 🙂

    Jimmies…such a north east thing. I just moved out to Boston from Minnesota and everyone I talk with out here calls them jimmies; it took me a while to understand what on earth they were talking about!

    keep these recipes coming Katie, they’re fantastic!

  19. jo @ including cake says

    ha ha ha, this made me laugh so much… i have no idea what all these words are- its like a foreign language to my little British mind! I thought jimmies meant pyjamas at first!!! 😉 though i do say pee-can (never heard it pronounced any other way!)

  20. Faith @ For the Health of It says

    I’m SO psyched for this recipe! My family bought a chocolate pecan pie from Cracker Barrel this T-giving but I could barely stomach any of it – that goopy layer of corn syrup freaks me out BIGTIME. It would be amazing to make this for Christmas so I can show them what a whole-foods version tastes like 🙂

  21. Lisa says

    YES!! puh-cahn!!! I used to say pee-can too but then my friend from texas also corrected me. She was like NOOOO its puh-cahn!! And now I say puh-cahn and my friends from up here make fun of me and say pee-can. so. I cant win.
    I like puh-cahn better anyway 😉

  22. Becca says

    I pronounced it pee-can until I ordered pecan pie in a restaurant in Atlanta and the waitress didn’t understand me. Now I say puh-cahn. And Jimmies are chocolate, rainbow jimmies are rainbow.
    I’m from Maine. what do you call soft-serve ice cream?

  23. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Sounds delicious! I bet the tofu gives it a bit of a cheesecakey texture. And I definitely say pee-can. I also say jimmies, but only when referring to chocolate. The rainbow are sprinkles!

  24. Sünne says

    Oh, this looks fantastic! Did you have a slicde yourself or just prepared it for you family? Just another way if there was a more chocolatey dessert for you then :).

  25. Amber K says

    It’s funny because I actually change the way I say it depending on the situation for some reason. I usually say pee-can pie, but by themselves I tend to say pee-cahns. Why? I have no idea.

    Sprinkles – FTW! 🙂

  26. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    pea-CAUGHN is how I say it.

    When I lived in NC and SC, they said it PEEE-can

    I love reading how people say it…great question. And great recipe!!

  27. Jess from Midwest Vegan says

    “Puh-cahn” for me. Although in Missouri you hear “puh-cahn” and “pee-can” about equal. As for “jimmies”? I’ve never heard that one! It reminds me of “skivies” which means being naked or in your undies! Lol.

    Now as for that Almond Breeze, I’m DEFINITELY ready to try me some of that almond coconut! That might make some awesome chai tea (or oatmeal!).

  28. shannonmarie (rawdorable) says

    That’s a gorgeous pie. Bet it tastes good, too. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

    As for the pecan pronunciation, I tend to say it differently depending on what other words I’m pairing up with it. I do the same thing with the word caramel. Weird.

  29. Shannon says

    Puh-cahn. And also, caramel I say care-uh-mul. Not car-mul or car-uh-mel, or car-uh-mul… And I’ve never even heard of jimmies. Oh, reeses is rees-is, not rees-ees. Not sure what else there is.

  30. Rachel says

    I loooooove pee-cahn pie! You almost never see it in Canada! I definitely feel like I need to make this, maybe with my Christmas baking.

    Almond AND coconut milk?! Yuuuuuuuuuuum!!

  31. Eric Jaffa says

    I pronounce pecans like pea-cans.

    The only time I heard someone say “jimmies” was in the 1980s when I was buying an ice cream cone in Boston, and the girl behind the counter asked me if I wanted “jimmies” on it.

  32. Alexis says

    I don’t like pecan pie much traditionally, although a chocolate pecan pie certainly sounds more tempting. I DO like your photo of the pie piece from head on. It is so dramatic and delicious looking.

  33. Marla says

    I say jimmies and always thought it was a New England thing (there’s even a reference to them in The Handmaid’s Tale, and that takes place in Cambridge, MA…). As someone else noted, jimmies are chocolate, sprinkles are rainbow colored!

  34. Kathy says

    *gasp* I have all the ingredients! Even the tofu! Haha~ I know what to make tomorrow 😉

    I’ve never met anyone who uses ‘jimmies’, only sprinkles. Although, nowadays, nobody I know uses the word ‘sprinkles’ much anymore.
    I call pecans puh-cons. I use to pronounce it pee-cans, until I watched that Honey Clusters of Oats cereal and a guy called them puh-cons. Now I use puh-cons and think the old way I use to call it is weird!

  35. Katie @Nutrition In A Peanut Shell says

    Hmmm…Chocolate and pecan pie! I can’t say I’ve ever seen that.
    My Dad, who is from Jersey, says Jimmies, and every time I go down to the shore they always ask if I want jimmies. I call them sprinkles though 🙂

    && The new Vanilla Coconut Almond Breeze is amazing!! I randomly found it at shoprite one day and I’m hooked.

  36. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    Mmm chocolate peeeee-can (how we say it in the UK!) pie sounds AMAZING! I can’t wait to make this!! I have never had pecan pie before, and I bet your chocolate version is even better than the original! 😀

    We can’t buy vegan pie crust here I don’t think, so do you have a recipe for it? I could always Google it, but I was wondering if you have a good one you use? 🙂

  37. Laury says

    I never met anyone that said sprinkles! Or maybe I have but at least not in my area! I live near the main line (I think you used to go to Bryn Mawr?) we say jimmies around here!

  38. Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking says

    Tofu in pecan pie..I never would have thought of that! Sadly, I try to avoid there any other substitute??

      • Karen says

        I know this post and comment string is like four years old, but I was thinking, I bet you could just add the cup of pecans from this recipe to your chocolate pumpkin pie recipe and you’d get a result that’s pretty similar to this recipe.

  39. Moni'sMeals says

    Yes Katie! I love this. I have only one pecan pie reccipe and it is not very healthy! So I now have this for maybe a Christmas Pie. 🙂

    Thanks Doll!

  40. Hannah says

    I thought you meant pyjamas by “jimmies”, because in Australia pyjamas are sometimes called “jim-jams”, but reading the comments it seems they’re sprinkles? To me, sprinkles are the long candy things, and we call the sprinkles that are little tiny spherical balls “100s and 1000s”. Oh, and yes, we say pyjamas not pajamas.


    Still, I find “jimmies” completely ridiculous. *sticks out tongue* 😉

  41. Vanessa N says

    I say it like “pea-can” and i also say “chocolate jimmies” and “rainbow sprinkles”. I’m from MA… I think “jimmies” is an east coast or even just northeast thing 🙂

  42. Tricia says

    Seriously—I had never heard of “jimmies” but we just got a new market in town with a “Jimmy Bar”—all the colors of sprinkles you can imagine! I thought they made it up…..:)

  43. Isobelle says

    This looks so good! I have been trying really hard to like pecans, lately. I have never been very fond of them, for some reason. Oh, and I am from England, but I have always pronounced them as pee-can. Pee-carn or pee-cahn just sounds odd to me. There is no R in there!

  44. Jolene (Homespun Heritage) says

    Seriously, how you do you manage to create these amazing creations! I so wish my littlest one was not allergic to soy (although I’m playing with making a non-soy tofu…maybe you could help me experiment with this….contact me if your interested in helping me finally nail down this Burmese tofu once and for all!)

  45. Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee says

    Mmmm chocolate and pecans are one of my favorite combos!!! 🙂 I plan on making this for Valentines Day (well, only if I can wait till then!). I love to have your recipe for 5 minute chocolate oatmeal, with toasted chopped pecans instead of the chocolate chips! So good.

  46. Jess says

    i’m a jimmies and PEA cahn girl from jersey…
    looks good, but i’m not supposed to have that much unfermented soy. 🙁

  47. Suzy says

    I made this and it was delicious! Mine didn’t look quite as pretty as your picture (it never does haha your pictures are too pretty!) but it tasted so delicious! It actually tasted alot like a smore poptart, yum!

  48. 6mccanns says

    I have lived in AZ my whole life and we always have said peh-caun. BUT when I am hankerin for it a say PEA-CAN all Exaggerated like! Wish I had found this before Thanksgiving. Guess I’ll make it now. I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE! We eat stuff from here almost daily!

  49. Kali says

    I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful pie recipe. I have been eating it nonstop for the past two days… I froze it and I have to say I like it 20 times more frozen. Happy Holidays and thanks for making good food so much better!! 🙂

  50. Johanna says

    I love how many of your recipes incorporate tofu in desserts- I have some I’ve been meaning to use up. Does the nutrition include crust? Should we always assume that it doesn’t?

  51. Carol says

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I am allergic to corn. Yes you read that right and corn syrup is one of the worst things on my list. I can handle corn starch in small doses. I will be trying this soon. I keep searching old cook books for recipes that do not have corn syrup. If you find any let me know. and I will pass some on to you. Thanks again carol.

  52. Ashley says

    You’ve convinced me to buy a food processor. This looks fabulous!

    Definitely puh-cahn. But then, I’ve lived around North Texas my whole life.

  53. Melissa says

    As it is the State Tree of Texas … Texans know how it is pronounced … it’s puh-cahn. No pee in my pecans please! hehe

    Just found your site. Grew up in the Dallas area but now live in the mtns of Colorado. I’m a Gluten-free vegan (due to food allergies with eggs, dairy, and gluten).

    Keep up the good work!

  54. Julia says

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    I made this for V-Day tomorrow, but I just ate 1/4 of it straight from the oven :/
    Kind of defeats its healthiness, but it’s *almost* a holiday 🙂
    The remains are currently chilling in the fridge, and I can’t promise I won’t be going back for another cold piece in a few hours! What an amazing recipe! Thanks!

  55. deb says

    hi Katie…just wanted to say I love your blog and i am not a vegetarian !!! LOL… my mom always used to say “jimmies” for sprinkles…this brought back some great memories… thank you !!!

  56. Misty says

    This pie is pretty freakin good, but if you could create a healthy version of (regular) pecan pie, that would be epic!

  57. Jordan-FoodFanatic says

    Katie, I LOVE almond milk, I think it is way healthier, and dairy milk makes me sick. I used to always get Almond breeze unsweetened vanilla, 40 calories. THEN I discovered Trader Joes unsweetened vanilla for 40 cals. OH my gosh, so delicious you need to try it!

  58. Heather LaGuire says


    Just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog. I have enjoyed TOO many recipes from it to list. I will say the only non-chocolate thing I’ve made from it was the sweet potato chili – Yum! My husband loved it too. THANK YOU for sharing your creativity with us, it has enriched our lives 🙂

  59. Sherone says

    Born in England live in Australia and in both places it’s ‘pea- can’ and sprinkles no matter what colours. I am making this tomorrow, just as my deep dish cookie pie finishes. Thank you Katie:) You have changed my eating life:)

  60. Kelly says

    They say jimmies in Maryland. There’s even an ice cream stand near Frederick, MD called the Jimmy Cone. I had never heard of jimmies until I moved here!

    • Liz says

      I beg to differ. I grew up mere blocks from MD and never heard the term jimmy until college in Boston. It’s sprinkles all the way in the DC-area!

  61. Holly says

    Definitely. Puh- cahn! It drives me insane that my husband is teaching our children to see. Pee- can and pa-JAM-as. You don’t get any puh cahn ice cream around here until you get you’re pa-jaw-mas on!!!

  62. Cole says

    Tried this as one of the dishes I prepared for my family’s Easter dinner, and ayup! you called it: no one believed me when I said it was healthy. Or at least most folks seemed really skeptical. So win! It went fast, long story short. And that’s inspite of the little adventure in making it. Using a my mum’s food processor from the 70s meant that part took just over half and hour till we’d achieved a satisfactory smoothness, and then I found out her oven is psychotic. 22 minutes in, I smelt something and…yeah, burning already.
    Luckily the rest of the pie was fine when I cut a slice, I just dusted the top with some cinnamon and nutmeg to help cover the blackness, and filed off the burnt top edge of the crust to salvage the look and presented it in flanned out slices to focus attention on the unburnt interior. Which I had to stop my brother and mum from sampling it to extinction for “quality control”.

  63. Anne Boston says

    Just discovered your website. Wow! Can’t wait to try this and your chocolate pie!

    I grew up in the Boston area, and we always called them jimmes. Pee-can’ is how we say the nut, though I’ve heard it as puh-can’. But we talk funny here anyway…. (drinking fountain is a bubbler; Coke, ginger ale, etc, are tonic; milk, syrup and ice cream all mixed together is a frappe. Oh well….)

  64. Jeannette says

    The name “Jimmies” came from the Jimmy Fund, for cancer research in the Boston area, now the Dana Farber, it’s kind of a regional thing. I LOVE the chocolate jimmies. Recipe looks great, thanks for sharing.

  65. Philly Girl says

    I LOVE THIS! I love your whole website actually. Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes! I have a giant sweet tooth and this really helps with that. Also, I say jimmies…

  66. Chocolate Girl says

    Hi Katie. I just found your blog recently & love your recipes! Is there a way to make the choclate pecan pie soy-free? I’ve been vegan for over twenty years & just recently became soy-intolerant. Thanks!

  67. Barbara says

    I just returned from Georgia, where we stopped at a “peekin” store where I thought I might buy some puhcawns for today’s dessert. In southern Georgia they say peekin, I guess, to add to the dialects mentioned. I’m from the south (Both Oklahoma and Florida) and we say puhcawns and sprinkles. When we lived in Massachusetts, it was pea-cans and jimmies – sprinkles were unheard of.

  68. Kelsang says

    I subbed the pecans for walnuts, and I didn’t have silken-firm,only silken tofu and the batter was really,really runny,like water consistency.
    Did your batter turn out like that? Will the pie get firmer in the oven or if it sits?

    • Eva says

      I used silken, as I couldn’t find “silken-firm”, and my grocery store doesn’t sell mori-nu, which I looked up online and found is a very unique tofu product, sold in proprietary packaging. I cooked it about 10-15 min longer and kept it in the fridge overnight, but it still came out more like a chocolate cream pie with a few nuts mixed in. Everybody loved it after I started calling it “Chocolate Cream Pie” rather than Pecan Pie! It was very much like a traditional pudding pie. Next time I would use just regular “firm” tofu and see what happens, as this one (using regular “silken”) came out less firm than the photos. But it WAS super yummy!

  69. Victoria says

    Do you drain your tofu before blending it, or no? Just wondering cause I want to make this for dessert today! Thanks

  70. Donna says

    Ok, puh- cahn pie, I’m from the south:) my grandma (from the Delta) had a pee can (chamber pot) we used as a potty during the night to avoid going to the outhouse. Sorry folks but there is no way I could call it a pee can pie. And I reckon you know that I am older than most of you- Hah, I am over using the southern vocabulary.
    Hopefully, this wasn’t offensive, d

  71. arlene says

    Just made this the other day… and wow! It was delish :)) my husband could not believe it was tofu and once I told him, he literally hesitated for 2 seconds and proclaimed “tofu-huh?! gimme more!” LOL. My daughters absolutely loved it as well. Thank you so much

  72. Emma says

    Is the tofu base liquid-y enough so that the chopped pecans “float” to the top while the pie is baking like a non-vegan pecan pie, or do they pretty much stay where they are when you stir them in, so if you want pecans on top you have to actually stick them on there?

  73. Tracey says

    I’m from Philly, and I say Jimmies!!! Rainbow jimmies, chocolate jimmies. I live in Michigan now, though, so I have to catch myself before I say it and auto-correct to sprinkles or they look at me like I’m crazy. Never heard anyone outside of Philly refer to the sprinkles vs jimmies debate. LOVE your recipes. Keep ’em coming!

  74. Madeleine says

    I would really like to make this for Thanksgiving, but had a question: I really like bourbon flavor in my pecan pie. Do you think I could add some bourbon to this and it would still come out right?

  75. Rizi says

    I just keep making this whenever I entertain and it’s a huge hit (even for people who eat regular pecan pie with all the sugar and syrup that is in it.) I only used 1/3 c. maple syrup and it is sweet enough for me.

  76. Cassandra says

    I’m trying to create a Vegan Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. Most recipes call for a 1/4c bourbon to be added to the filling. Could the same be done here? Recommendations?

  77. Jade C says

    Hey Katie 🙂 saw this recipe when you first posted and now looking back at it to make for Christmas this year. I was wondering, if I take out the cocoa, do you think it would have to be replaced with anything to keep the texture?? We don’t have chocolate pecan pie over here in the UK ((that I have seen, anyways 😛 )).
    Also, we in the UK say pee-cAn 🙂 and never say “jimmies”, we have “sprinkles”, “hundreds-and-thousands” and “sugar strands” 🙂
    Jade C 🙂

  78. LynPer says

    Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! I was delighted to find a non-dairy, lower-calorie dessert. Just made the recipe tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow. it was yummy & gooey like you said. I love chocolate a whole bunch so I added 1/3C of chopped 70% & 100% cocoa mixed chocolate….yum! I also added 2TBS of bourbon…yum! BTW, this was my first experience baking with tofu and I’m no larger intimidated!

    Keep up the great work!

  79. Jane says

    Just wanted to let you know that my toddler son is OBSESSED with this pie! He helps me bake and I always let him lick the spatula when we’re all done. Well that was a big mistake because now I have to make sure he’s out of sight whenever I open the fridge so he doesn’t come running for “PIEEEEEEE MAMA PIEEEEEEE!” It’s so delicious I can’t imagine that I’ll ever make a pecan pie any other way. Hopefully we don’t get too tempted before our late Thanksgiving dinner this weekend : )

  80. Jessica says

    I just found your website tonight as i was looking for an organic chocolate hazelnut spread MOST similar to Nutella……can’t wait to try your recipe! But now i’m looking at all these other recipes and my oh my……….i have a happy road of baking ahead of me:) I’ve been trying to do everything healthier lately (though everyone thinks i was good about it already) but, now i have a ten month old little girl and i know whatever my husband and i eat she will be eating someday too. It makes me rethink everything and learn exactly what is in the food i buy ….i’m happy to know i will be able to make wonderful treats like these for her:) Thank you!!!

  81. Jamie Karutz says

    I was really excited about this recipe because I have a daughter with type 1 and a dad with type 2 and if I can make a lowered carb pecan pie, I’d be their best friend 🙂 I think I completely screwed it up somehow, though. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that the pecans wouldn’t be able to float to the top through the tofu, and I didn’t put any on top, so it looked a little funky. Of course, I kinda burned it (clearly, it was not a good baking night for me), so that didn’t help. Anyway, I made it without the chocolate chips, which I’m now thinking would have added some needed sweetness? I do, unfortunately, have a sweet tooth. But mostly, what I”m wondering is: when you make your pie, do you use toasted pecans? The pecans in the filling tasted raw. I actually don’t like pecans on their own much, but I love pecan pie. I’m thinking next time: prepared pie shell (I was trying to keep the carbs to a minimum, so tried to make a pecan crust. That was a MASSIVE fail on my part), toasted pecans in the filling, add the chocolate chips, and put most of the pecans on top. Maybe use a little maple syrup on the pecans on top to give some sweetness?

    I LOVE your blog, and have been having so much fun trying different recipes. Your black bean brownies are now a staple for us; and I’m trying to get the fudge to work for me 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I use raw, but I also like raw pecans. Toasted sounds like a wonderful idea, now that you mentioned it! And yes, the chocolate will change the flavor somewhat. You can easily add extra sweetener. I wouldn’t add more than a tbsp or two extra liquid sweetener though. maybe try more dry sweetener.

  82. Misty says

    I just made it! I have to say I wasn’t so sure about it, I tasted the “batter” and didn’t like it. But now that it’s cooked and cooled its amazing! Tastes just like pecan pie just not overly sweet. I made mine with a premade frozen spelt crust. Thanks!!!

  83. Susan says

    Have you considered coming up with a truly healthy almond meal breakfast cookie or muffin recipe, that perhaps includes shredded carrots? =) Peets has a wonderful Wheat Free Morning Glory recipe that is fantastic! It is not made with almond meal, but it’s absolutely delicious!

  84. Tracy says

    In Kentucky we call that a Derby Pie! Looks awesome, can’t wait to try it! Derby Pie is one of my fave’s.

    • Terri Cole says

      I’m from Louisville (Loo-uh-vull) and was just thinking how much I miss Derby Pie! Sub out the cocoa for chocolate chips maybe, and add a couple tablespoons of bourbon? OH MAN!

  85. Marie Reamer says

    Love your blog-can’t wait for the cookbook!!
    Growing up in NJ, we said “jimmies”, not “sprinkles”!!

  86. Marfigs says


    I tried this yesterday with two different crusts (since the batter was too much for my one pan) and it came out very tasty! I’m not sure what the texture should be like, because we only get tofu-in-water by us, but it firmed up nicely overnight and apparently tastes like cheesecake (either my husband is making a very sub-textual observation or this is an early sign of madness).

    I haven’t had pecan nut pie in years (thanks to the lack of vegan in coffee shops and bakeries) but I trolled the web for general pecan recipes and woah, was amazed that you managed to cut out 1/10 of the usual sugars and buttery things and still share an awesome recipe!

  87. Ann says

    My family and all the ice cream places we ever went to say ” jimmies” never sprinkles. We are from Philly. Of course, we also have soda, hoagies and tastycakes.

  88. Cathleen says

    I’m sorry to say, but your link to the gluten free pecan pie is not working. Thank you for all your great recipes!

  89. Thea says


    This sounds amazing and I will try it for Thanksgiving! However, as a Type I diabetic I wanted to point out that dates may be low “sugar,” as in sucrose, but it is >80% fructose and glucose so not a great options for diabetics as it will still cause a huge blood sugar spike and shouldn’t be touted as sugar-free! Thanks for making these recipes!

  90. casey says

    I grew up in Pennsylvania and everyone always called them jimmies! Then I moved to California and tried to order a soft serve vanilla with rainbow jimmies at some ice cream place and got looked at like I was crazy!

  91. Sarah says


    Have you tried this recipe without the cocoa powder? I’m also looking for a regular healthier pecan pie recipe. If you haven’t made it without cocoa powder, do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks :o)

  92. Debbie says

    I must be the craziest New Englander, but I’m from Connecticut and my friends and I always said sprinkles. Jimmies was something that, “so-and-so’s uncle, and that one random ice cream shoppe,” called them, so while I’m familiar with the term, it wasn’t something I became aware of til my older kid years.

    As far as pecan, that’s just what I feel like. I think pee-can sounds kind of gross, but it comes out sometimes since that’s what most people around me say (in New England and the Midwest). Puh-CAHN sounds too snobby and I’m not Southern so I can’t get away with the drawl in peh-CAWN, so I compromise by saying peh-CAN. Purely my own decision after weighing the options.

    On to the pie: 1) How chocolatey is this with only 2 T. cocoa powder? Might I want more to really make it a chocolatey pie? 2) Does the tofu become less noticeable after it’s cooked? My only experience with silken tofu was a mayo recipe, and it was disgustingly chalky. I want to serve this to extended family so it needs to stand up to “regular” desserts!

  93. Jessica Shrock says

    I would only try a recipe containing tofu if it were on THIS blog! Making this pie right now, for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Can’t wait to taste it! I’m definitely thankful for you and your blog, Katie <3

  94. Erin says

    Thank you for this recipe. I made this for Thankgiving dessert and it was a smash hit, one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. The filling tasted like it needed a kick so I added about 1-1.5 tablespoons of maker’s mark whiskey to it. The whiskey added a little something extra, giving the pie some more depth.
    The crust I made was the cinnamon cookie crust from comfy belly that someone put in a previous comment. I highly recommend that you use this crust, it’s very good. I used 4tbsp of coconut oil instead of butter.

  95. Linda says

    I’m from Vt, we have jimmies on our banana splits & sundaes, puh-cahn pie is always on the Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner table and we drink soda to wash down our grinders (hoagies, subs, etc)

  96. Gail says

    “Jimmies” is a word I haven’t heard since I left NJ! In all the places the military has taken me, (Alaska, Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska) I haven’t heard anyone call them “Jimmies” except back home.

  97. Rachel says

    Hi Katie,
    I was wondering if soft tofu would also work for this recipe or do you think it would make it too flimsy? You are blending everything anyway so would it make a whole lot of difference? Thanks! Love the recipe can’t wait to make it!

  98. michele diamond says

    omg. i think i’m in love. LOVE LOVE LOVE your site and recipes. i think i love you too !! really nice looking recipes. can’t wait to start baking. craving a big glass of milk looking at all of your goodies ! my sister is steering me to more a vegan plant based diet.. but i love, no, i NEED my treats to keep my sanity. so thank you…looking forward to deelish eating ! if you check out my Pinterest profile you’ll see i’m BIG on desserts ! thank you again, Katie !! going to LIKE you also on facebook, natch.

  99. jason hill says

    Hi love the look of the pie,i’m in the uk and theres 2 flavours of agave,can i ask which one i should use please,theres light and mild, or rich and dark,or is it possible to use honey instead thanks

  100. Lisa Ernst says

    Katie, I saw this link on Facebook and had to check it out. The pie looks great. But I do have to ask, have you ever attempted a vegan, low sugar pecan pie? I saw the photo of a pie you tried a while back, but wonder if you’ve tried again. I’ve been dreaming of a pie that looks and tastes like the classic but is not made with loads of sweetener. I found one recipe that looks promising, but I’m still trying to figure out how to create the filling without some kind of sugar syrup.

  101. Vaughn Lewis (papavonsplace) says

    I was just wondering how this would work with the pecan-chocolate crust used for the “raw vegan chocolate cheese cake”? I’ve had nothing but raves for that recipe. I just don’t know whether it would work since the Pecan Pie requires baking.

  102. Ann says

    Really you never met someone that called Jimmies Jimmies? You just did. I grew up in Massachussets and that is what we called them and they still do. 🙂

  103. DeeDee Fuleky says

    Could you pour the batter into individual ramekins for a baked pudding? I wonder how long to bake them like this.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      When the time is up, take the pie out and let it sit overnight in the fridge, during which time it will firm up.

      • nancy says

        That really doesn’t answer my question. Most ovens bake differently. I want to know how I can test the pie to know it’s the correct doneness, such as , if a knife comes out clean or not.

  104. Franklin says

    My Mom always taught me to say “puh-cahn”, explaining that a “pee-can” is something a truck driver keeps under his seat.

  105. jessica says

    You might have just saved the holidays for me…thank you! My favorite pie, here, and being gluten and sugar intolerant I could no longer have it. Can’t wait to try this.

    PS. The sprinkles and jimmies debate: I learned from an etymology documentary that jimmies was actually what they called CHOCOLATE sprinkles…but the exact root is up for debate, either having very racist overtones (the most common theory, but unproven) or named after its founder named Jimmy (but doubt exists about that “founder’s” actual name). Food for thought!

  106. Sherry says

    We argue within the same family about how to say pecan. We are all from North Carolina and we draw battle lines about who is correct. We also can’t agree on BBQ either. This has been going on for centuries in the south!
    Katie, this looks so good! I can’t wait to try this one!

  107. Diana says

    Pretty tasty, but definitely better after hardening a bit in the fridge – I wasn’t a big fan of the gooey straight-out-of-the-oven taste or texture. As for “pecan,” I believe I pronounce it /p^kan/ – it always irked me as a child when people would pronounce it /pikaen/, but I’ve gotten more accepting over the years!

  108. Di says

    I wish you’d stop suggesting agave in your “healthy” recipes. It is NOT a healthier alternative to sugar or corn syrup! It’s very heavily processed and has a higher fructose level than HFCS.

  109. Julia says

    Hi Katie! Have you made this pie ahead of time and tried freezing it? I have to travel the day before Thanksgiving and won’t have time to make it the day of!

  110. Heidi says

    I know this goes against the whole philosophy of this site, but has anyone tried this without the cocoa powder? Or is it required for texture purposes?

  111. Scooter T says

    You say to pour the mix into a prepared pie shell but you do not give the size nor speak to what “prepared” means.

  112. fran says

    I basically completely changed this recipe. I always swap molasses for treacle so that’s what I did. I changed quantities in the recipe and added lots of brandy and extra pecans. I also put oats instead of flax seed and I used peanut butter. also added dates and winter spices too. thankyou katie for the inspiration xxx

  113. Eva says

    I only found “firm tofu” instead of “silken tofu”, is there any way to turn “firm” into “silken”? Maybe adding water? It’s my first time ever buying and using tofu.

  114. Tracie S says

    In the oven as I type. Excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Hoping it stays well overnight in the fridge. Mine came out a lot goopier (completely made up that word) when pouring into my pie crust. Uh oh!

  115. Stephanie says

    I’m not that much of a pie person, but with my wheat allergy, I can’t have most. It’s pecan pie I miss! My favorites ever were a chocolate pecan pie and a sweet potato pecan pie. I’ll try this one–will figure out the crust situation–and then hope you commont with thouhts about how to perfect a sweet potato base for one 🙂

  116. Sarah says

    Hello! This pecan pie looks delicious! I am thinking of making this for Thanksgiving but I have a silly question. I don’t eat tofu so is there anything special that needs to be done (like pressing it?). Or can I just open up the package and add it with all the other ingredients? I am hoping for a quick answer, if possible!!
    Thank you so much!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi, this calls for silken tofu, which doesn’t need to be pressed :). If there’s a little water in the package, discard that, but you can use everything else.

  117. Sarah says

    I am hoping someone can help me! Can I make this following the recipe but omitting the cocoa powder and melted chocolate and using vegan chocolate chips instead to make this as a pecan pie with chocolate chips instead of a chocolate pecan pie? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as I plan on making this for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much!

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