Navy Bean Pie Dessert

I tried something new last night. I had a huge pot of navy beans leftover from making White Chicken Soup, and I wanted to do something other than freeze them. I came across a recipe for Bean Pie, and I figured… if it’s good, it’ll make a great alternative to more expensive fruit pies! So I tried it, and it was delicious.

You wouldn’t think a pie made out of beans would be tasty, but my husband said it reminded him of pumpkin pie, and my kids thought it tasted just like my banana bread. Needless to say, it didn’t last a day.

This is a great dessert to make during hard times. Beans are cheap. And if you have them in your food storage, bean pie would be a welcomed addition to your menu.

The only thing I’ll do differently next time is mash the beans more thoroughly. Biting into a chunk didn’t ruin the taste of the pie, but the texture was like- yeah, I can tell this is a bean.

Navy Bean Pie

Navy Bean Pie


Unbaked Crust (9 in.)
*or use your favorite single-crust pie pastry recipe
  • 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c. coconut oil
  • cold water
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Cut in the coconut oil until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp cold water over the mixture and gently toss with a fork. Add more water by the tablespoon, tossing to moisten. Continue adding water and tossing until all dry ingredients have been moistened, and the pieces hold together when pinched between your fingers. Be careful not to add too much water. Form the dough into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough flat into a 12″ circle. Gently place this in a 9″ pie dish. Do not prick pastry.


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups cooked and mashed navy beans (really be sure to mash them and get rid of any big chunks)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove

With a whisk or mixer, combine the eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix on low until blended well. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake at 425* for 15 min. Reduce heat to 350* and continue baking for 35 more minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Whipped cream would make a lovely topping.

It really does have a Thanksgiving-ish taste to it with all of those spices added in. You’d never know it was made from beans if you weren’t told.

I also came across a Sweet Red Bean Pie, and Pinto Bean Pie, which have very similar ingredients, just different beans.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited about making bean pies. Please try it. And then let me know what you think!

16 thoughts on “Navy Bean Pie Dessert”

  1. I made Mock Apple (Zucchini) Pie and it was really good also. Didn’t tell my family what it was until they ate it. It was good until then and after I told them they said it was ok. Best not to tell them.. This on the other hand was excellent and I “Will” be making it again.

  2. Trying this tonight! It looks great and I love low cost pies with weird ingredients. I’ve made oatmeal pie which is kind of like a poor mans pecan pie and I’ve been wanting to try Ritz Cracker pie, which I’ve been told tastes like apple pie.

  3. OMG!!! I made this and it was wonderful. I did mash the beans up more and used Whip cream like you suggested. Hubby gave it a “10”. You really can’t believe it is not a pumpkin pie. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. There is a black bean cupcake that is out of this world and the recipe is posted over at oklahoma pastry cloth . com (I don’t think you like direct links so I’ll direct you how to get there and check it out.

    It was posted on Sept. 29th of 2011 and appears under the title of No gluten – no sugar- yeah, sure

    This recipe came from her chiropractor and it is over the top delicious! It is our family favorite…equal to your whole wheat cookies with apple pie spice (you remember, the cookie where your husband said something like please tell me you aren’t taking these as a gift to someone.)

    Yes, these black bean cupcakes are SO chocolate-y you can’t eat just one and 100% of my family adore them.

    Extra, extra special!

  5. Many years ago a friend made a pie using great northern beans. I think she would run them through a sieve so it was more the texture of sweet potatoes. It was lighter in color that the sweet potato but it was similar in taste. She would not give out the recipe though. It was very good.

    This looks very good.


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