There’s bound to be at least one friend following a special diet at your Friendsgiving table. Instead of shoving them to the foot of the table with a jar of peanut butter, why not make a couple “accidentally” vegan or gluten-free dishes that everyone will want to eat. This dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free sweet potato and pumpkin pudding may be special diet-friendly, but one this is for sure: It’s full of flavor. Scoop up a big bite and you’ll no longer feel the need to ask your host why there’s no pumpkin pie.

Vegan Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Pudding Cups

  • Yields: about 6 cups pudding
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Lay the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and prick each one a few times with a fork. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, or until a fork poked in goes right through. Alternatively, working with 1 potato at a time, cut the potato in half, place both halves in a microwave-safe bowl and fill with water to reach halfway up the potato. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, then flip the potato halves over and cook for another 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

  3. Once the potatoes are done cooking, let them cool for 10-15 minutes, then scoop out the flesh into a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to begin breaking up the sweet potato.

  4. Add the pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and remaining spices to the blender and blend until smooth. 

  5. Add the pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and remaining spices to the blender and blend until smooth. 

  6. Stream in 1 cup of the coconut milk and blend. Continue to blend in the remaining cup of coconut milk until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

  7. Transfer the pudding into a bowl or container with a lid and chill until you’re ready to serve.

  8. To serve, divide the pudding into bowls, mugs, jars, or cups, and top with a spoonful of coconut yogurt and a sprinkle of granola.