Everybody loves sweet potatoes! But have you ever tried the enigmatic purple sweet potato? Try it in this delicious Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Is there a significant difference between a purple sweet potato and a regular sweet potato? Yes, definitely.

You’ll notice that purple sweet potato has well-balanced sweetness. Its flavor and texture are drier, denser, and richer than regular sweet potatoes and yams. Their vibrant color is not only eye-catching, but they also give us a glimpse of how high in antioxidants they are.

In this article, you’ll find the best recipe to follow for making purple sweet potato pudding and its health benefits.

Let’s begin!

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What Is Its Nutritional Importance?

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals. This root plant is a good source of:

  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Phosphorous
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Biotin

Purple potatoes have a nutrient profile similar to other kinds of Solanum tuberosum potato family. But their mineral content varies depending on the soil in which they were grown.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Purple Sweet Potato Pie?

Purple sweet potatoes have many health benefits. They are rich in beta-carotene, and they’re also high in anthocyanin pigments. Purple sweet potatoes contain three times the amount of anthocyanins than a blueberry. Purple Sweet Potato Pie is not just a sweet dessert; it is super healthy for you too.

1.    Healthy Gut

Sweet potatoes contain plenty of gut-friendly fiber in addition to anti-inflammatory properties. They’re a combination of soluble and insoluble fibers that can maintain the bowels stable and normal. Soluble fiber will help reduce cholesterol and balance glucose levels.

A variety of fiber known as resistant starch makes up a portion of the starch in purple (and all) potatoes. While resistant starch is resistant to digestion in your gastrointestinal tract, bacteria are fermented in your large intestine. Short-chain fatty acids are formed as a result of this fermentation process. These compounds help to boost gut health.

2.    Immune Support

Purple potatoes can help you get more antioxidants and reduce inflammation. They’re particularly high in anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds related to better eye and cardiac protection, as well as a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

The two strongest antioxidants, Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C are rich in sweet potatoes. They help to control the immune system and increase the body’s natural defenses against pathogens.

3.    Improves Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is controlled by eating purple potatoes. This effect could be due to their polyphenolic antioxidant compounds, which act similarly to some blood pressure medicines.

4.    Blood Sugar Control

When it comes to blood sugar control, eating purple potatoes instead of white potatoes is a smart decision. Although purple potatoes’ starch raises blood sugar, it does so to a lesser degree than yellow or white potatoes’ starch.

Sweet potatoes have a significant amount of natural sugars, but they are still considered in the medium glycemic index zone. It is because they have fiber, which naturally slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. More Sweet Potato Benefits

How To Make Purple Sweet Potato Pie?

Do you want to serve a colorful and nutritious dessert? Try a sweet potato pudding, which is similar to pie filling but is fully vegan and much simpler to prepare. Purple sweet potatoes are very fun to cook with and can be used in many dishes, the same way as regular sweet potatoes. 

Let’s find out the best way to prepare a Purple sweet potato pie at home!

ingredients for purple sweet potato pie

Ø  Ingredients:

Here is a list of things you should have to make this pie.

  • 2 pounds purple sweet potato
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Ginger
  • Vanilla
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Sea salt

For Crust you need,

  • Gingersnaps cookies
  • Pecan
  • Vegan butter

Scroll down to the recipe card for the full Ingredients

Ø  Directions:

You can add an elegant yet simple dessert to your celebratory table, with this delicious Purple Sweet Potato Pudding. Follow the given instructions to get yum results.

First, prepare the sweet potatoes, you can bake or boil them. 

To boil- Bring a medium pot with water to boil over medium heat. In the meantime, wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut into chunks and add to the boiling water, cook for 12- 15 minutes until tender. 

See How To Bake Sweet Potatoes


Step 1: Prepare The Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, then set aside a 9-inch pie dish.
  2. Add the gingersnap cookies and process to a coarse crumb.
  3. Next, add pecans and process until it crumbles well. Add the melted vegan butter and pulse for a few more seconds until a crumbly dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to the pie dish and spread it out evenly, using your fingers to work from the center up to the sides.
  5. Use your fingers to work your way outward and up the sides. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  6. blending with filling for purple sweet potato pie

Step 2: Prepare The Filling

  1. Add purple sweet potatoes, coconut milk, coconut sugar, ginger, vanilla, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in the bowl of a high-speed blender and process until filling is smooth. You might have to do it in batches.
  2. Pour the filling into the crust
  3. Turn the oven up to 350 degrees F. Bake the pie for about 30-35 minutes or until the filling is set in the middle. Cool and serve with coconut whip cream

Where To Store The Purple Sweet Potato?

Where to store the purple sweet potatoes after you buy them for the pudding? In general, sweet potatoes do not store as well as standard potatoes. Avoid bruising these purple potatoes because even minor damage will cause the whole sweet potato to spoil. They’ll last for about a week at room temperature. Keep them in a dry, dark, and cool space with good ventilation for longer storage and use within a few weeks.

Any sweet potato stored in the refrigerator can lose its flavor and develop a very hardcore. But you can freeze the purple sweet potato pudding once it’s formed. How To Freeze Sweet Potatoes.

Other Sweet Potato Recipes

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  2. Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Pudding
  3. Mashed Purple Potatoes
  4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  5. Roasted White Sweet Potatoes
  6. More Sweet Potato Recipes
  7. overlay of purple sweet potato pie

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(Per serving)
  • Energy: 380 kcal / 1588 kJ
  • Fat: 018 g
  • Protein: 4.1 g
  • Carbs: 52.8 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 50 min
  • Ready in: 2 h 10 min
  • For: 8 Servings


For The Crust

For The Filling


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Scrub purple sweet potatoes, dry them with a clean towel. Prick with a knife and place potatoes on a baking tray.
  2. Bake them for about 1 hour, turning them after 30 minutes. Depending on the size you might need to bake them for longer. Allow sweet potatoes to cool.

To Prepare The Crust

  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Add gingersnap cookies and pecans to a food processor and process them into crumbs. Transfer cookie crumbs from the food processor into the bowl. Add melted butter and stir.
  2. Press cookie crust on the bottom and sides of a pie plate and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown but not burnt.

For The Filling

  1. Add purple sweet potatoes, coconut milk, coconut sugar, ginger, vanilla, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in the bowl of a high-speed blender and process until filling is smooth. You might have to do it in batches.
  2. Pour the filling into the crust
  3. Turn the oven up to 350 degrees F. Bake the pie for about 30-35 minutes or until the filling is set in the middle. Cool and serve with coconut whip cream
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.