Sweeten Your Kwanzaa with a Simple, Delicious Sweet Potato Pie

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American culture and heritage, and food is an essential part of the festivities. While many people may associate Kwanzaa with traditional dishes like jollof rice, plenty of other delicious recipes can be enjoyed during this time.

One of these recipes is a Kwanzaa-inspired sweet potato pie, which can also be served as a side dish. Made with mashed sweet potatoes and a blend of warming spices, this pie is a perfect dessert to present during your Kwanzaa celebration.


  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the mashed sweet potatoes, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Mix well until everything is thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve the pie as a dessert during your Kwanzaa celebration, and enjoy the delicious flavours of sweet potato and warming spices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I make this pie vegan or gluten-free?

Yes, you can make this pie vegan by using plant-based milk and vegan butter and by using a vegan pie crust. To make it gluten-free, use a gluten-free pie crust and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.

Can I freeze this sweet potato pie?

Yes, you can freeze the baked pie for 2-3 months. Let it cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and serving.

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe makes one 9-inch pie serving 8 to 10 people.

Can I make this pie without eggs?

You can make this pie without eggs using a vegan egg replacer. Follow the package instructions for the egg replacer you choose.

So whether you’re celebrating Kwanzaa for the first time or a seasoned veteran, consider making this sweet potato pie recipe a part of your holiday tradition. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser and a great way to honour the rich cultural heritage of the African American community.

Rusty Burlington


  • Rusty Griswold

    Since 2015, I have been building my light display to celebrate the holiday season and experimenting with various recipes to bring people together around the table. I have learned many do's and don'ts in both areas along the way, and share them with everyone via the rustygriswold.ca website.

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