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This Vegan Turtle Pie tastes so rich and decadent you’ll wonder HOW on earth it can possibly be vegan, dairy free, and all natural! From the buttery pie crust to the sweet, chewy caramel layer, to the chocolatey pecan ganache layer, you’re in for a real treat. Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)
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Vegan Turtle Pie

Servings: 2 9.5" pies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
This Turtle Pie tastes SO incredible you’ll wonder how on earth it can possibly be vegan and dairy free! The pie crust is buttery and rich, and has the perfect flavor to offset the thick layer of sweet and chewy caramel.  On top of the caramel is the creamiest of the creamy and dreamiest of the dreamy chocolate ganaches EVER, which is studded with a handful of toasted pecans.


Caramel Layer:

  • 153g (⅔ cup) Light Coconut Milk (canned)
  • 56g (¼ cup) Coconut Oil (melted)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 252g (¾ cup) Pure Maple Syrup
  • 30g (2 tbs) Water
  • 192g (1 cup) Sucanat
  • 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract

Chocolate-Pecan Ganache:

  • 16 oz 70% Cacao Chocolate
  • 306g (1⅓ cups) Light Coconut Milk (canned)
  • 2 tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • cup Toasted Pecan Halves


For the Crust:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bring the rolled pie crusts out of the fridge and let them sit at room temp for about 20 minutes, or until soft (if you unroll it cold, it will tear).  Unroll the pie crusts into two 9.5" pie pans.  Bake for ~11 minutes, or until just golden brown.

For the Caramel Layer:

  • Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, coconut oil and salt.  Set aside.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, add the maple syrup, water, sucanat and erythritol.  Do not stir.  Add a candy thermometer to the saucepan, then place the pan over a stove set to medium-high heat.
  • Without stirring, let the mixture come to a boil.  When it reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit (it takes me ~7-8 minutes), remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the set aside coconut milk/oil mixture.
  • Return the pan to the heat and let it come to a boil again.  When it reaches 266 degrees Fahrenheit (it takes me ~10 minutes), turn the stove off and remove from the heat.
  • Very carefully, add the vanilla extract.  It will bubble up vigorously, so watch out!  Pour the caramel into the prepared pan.  Let cool completely at room temperature.
  • Divide the caramel in half between the two pans to create the caramel layer.
  • For the Chocolate-Pecan Ganache:
  • In a double boiler over medium heat, add the chocolate and coconut milk.  Stir occasionally until completely melted.
  • Whisk in the stevia extract, then stir in the toasted pecans.  Divide the mixture in half between the two pans.  Refrigerate until completely firm.
  • Slice and serve with all natural whipped cream, Homemade Caramel Sauce, and chopped pecans!

Recipe Notes

This pie is very rich, and I recommend slicing each pie into 12-16 slices.
Caramel adapted from the Soft Caramels recipe in the Naughty or Nice Cookbook.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Pie