Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie (vegan, gf)

Today, I present to you this vegan lemon meringue pie* in honor of…

Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie // The Pancake Princess

Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie // The Pancake Princess
Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie // The Pancake Princess
Sarah of Snixy Kitchen’s virtual baby shower!! Yay babies!!

In honor of her baby girl (coming soon in February), Todd and Alanna are hosting a virtual Cheese & Sweets-themed baby shower (also in honor of things Sarah loves) with a fantastic group of bloggers. See the bottom of the post for a zillion INCREDIBLE cheesy, sweet, and cheesy AND sweet recipes! (Mostly all gluten-free in honor of Sarah!)

In a stroke of great luck, I’ve gotten to meet Sarah in real life before! Last year when I was home in California over winter break, Alanna hosted a potluck for a few local blogger friends in her lovely home. What struck me about Sarah (aside from her adorable glasses and bangs) was the fact that she was not only an incredibly talented gluten-free food blogger and photographer, but also a blog design back-end whiz AND getting her PhD in math education. WOWOWOW. Her baby is lucky to be sharing those star-packed genes.

Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie // The Pancake Princess

So this pie, I’ve tried making it before. Because ever since I found out you can make billowy, fluffy, snow-white, honest-to-marshmallow MERINGUE from aquafaba (aka the magical chickpea brine), lemon meringue pie has obviously been on my to-do list. (Even though I’ve never really been a huge lemon meringue fan.) (It still had to be done.)

Many lessons were learned in the second making of this pie. Like:

  • Juicing lemons by hand takes a lot of time.
  • You should have a crust recipe in mind before making the pie.
  • In terms of fun level, swirling meringue is on par with eating a bite out of twenty different cookies (or close, anyway).

But I’m sure you’re wondering: how does it taste?

To me, the satiny, glossy, lightly toasted and sticky meringue tastes just like the real deal. The tofu-based lemon curd is quite tart and bursting with fresh lemon juice, which completely dominates any tofu flavor. I think the thin layer of curd is well offset by a fairly thick layer of meringue so that the sweet, relative blandness of the meringue cuts the tartness.

The crust is what I might change if I made this again. It’s thick, hefty and nutty where a lighter crust that almost shatters in your mouth might be a better fit. I made this previously with a non gluten-free crust (a simple vegan olive oil/all-purpose flour crust like this), which was flakier and more delicate. I was still happy enough with this version to post it, but if you have a favorite pie crust, feel free to use it in place of the one that’s written and please report back! Let’s crowdsource this until we make it perfect!

Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie // The Pancake Princess*PS. I realize this was made in a tart pan, so it’s technically a tart, but you could also make this in a deep-dish pie pan to make it an actual pie. That would be ideal since I had excess filling after making this in a 10-inch tart pan.

Congratulations Sarah!! I look forward to seeing photos of you and your beautiful cheese baby girl!!

A few notes about aquafaba:

  • While you can make aquafaba meringue using chickpea brine straight from the can (alternatively, some have had success using the liquid from boiling dry beans), I find that reducing the aquafaba first makes for a stronger, stiffer meringue that is less likely to weep and disintegrate into foam after sitting in the fridge.
  • Also, you must use chilled aquafaba during the whipping step; I tried using it warm from the stove and it never reached the stiff peaks stage. This is why the recipe is written so that you reduce the aquafaba in the beginning, and then chill it as you work on other components. You can also reduce and chill the aquafaba the night before.

If you’re looking for more recipes with aquafaba, I’ve also used it successfully as an egg replacer in these waffles and these cookies!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie (vegan, gf)
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American, vegan
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Serves: 1 10-inch tart
 
This vegan version of lemon meringue pie uses a tart tofu-based curd for the filling, a thick, gluten-free oat and almond crust and a glossy topping of aquafaba meringue that gets briefly toasted under the broiler.
Ingredients
  • Meringue:
  • Brine from 1 15-oz can chickpeas (about ¾ cup)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Crust:
  • 1.5 cups of oat flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • Filling:
  • 14 oz silken tofu
  • ¾ cup lemon juice (juice of ~4 large lemons)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring chickpea brine to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. Mixture should be reduced to a little under half a cup at this point (it's okay if it isn't exact). Pour reduced brine into a cup and refrigerate while making the crust and filling.
  2. In a food processor, combine the oat flour, almond meal, sugar and salt until blended. Slowly stream in the coconut oil and milk until evenly incorporated. Alternatively, mix the dry ingredients together by hand, then work in the wet ingredients until dough holds together when pressed (mixture will be crumbly). Press evenly into a 10” tart pan or deep dish pie pan, prick all over with a fork, and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, until crust is dry and starting to turn golden.
  3. While crust is baking, make the filling: blend all ingredients (tofu through salt) together in a blender or food processor.
  4. When the crust is done baking, let stand or refrigerate for about 10 minutes, or until barely warm. Pour filling into crust and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until filling is set, but still slightly jiggly. Let cool while making the meringue.
  5. Whip the cold, reduced brine in a clean bowl with clean beaters with the cream of tartar and vanilla until mixture turns foamy, and then begins to form soft peaks. At this point, slowly add the sugar a quarter cup at a time. Continue to whip the mixture until it reaches stiff peaks.
  6. Cover the top of the cooled pie with the meringue. Preheat the broiler to 575 and broil for 1-2 minutes, keeping an eye on the pie the entire time--it can burn in a second!

 

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32 thoughts on “Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie (vegan, gf)

  1. Jacqueline d'Estries

    I had a couple of those pre-made pie crusts in my pantry I needed to use before they expired so I Googled Aquafaba Pie and this is the first one that came up. The recipe was enough to fill both of those Keebler little graham cracker crusts so I’m glad I didn’t double it! I brought the pies to my family’s 4th of July picnic and they were a huge hit! So delicious! I could sit and eat them all in one sitting! I would make it again in a heartbeat. I can’t wait to try more aquafaba pies. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    1. erika Post author

      Jacqueline!! Thank you so much for leaving this lovely comment, I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the pies! Isn’t the aquafaba meringue wild?? I love the idea of putting the pie filling in a graham cracker crust. Genius <33

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  3. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Erika, I absolutely LOOOOOVE this meringue pie! I’ve seen some recipes using aquafaba before, but I’ve never played with it in my kitchen. And this is tofu based?? ,Seriously, I am so inspired by this recipe! Erika, thanks again for your sweet words about my photography, but your’s ROCKS! I know Sarah will love this!

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  4. Alanna

    It’s the stuffffff! I was so excited to see the aquafaba in action when I saw what you were making, and I’m not disappointed! This is so stunning Erika – it looks perfectly satiny and meringue-y, and I’m enthralled with your swirl technique. And I think the crust looks crazy delicious. <3

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    1. erika Post author

      Thank you so much, Gena, what a huge compliment coming from you! I’ve been a huge fan of Choosing Raw (or should I say The Full Helping) for ages <333 I hope you get the chance to try (and love) aquafaba soon!!

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  6. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    What fun meeting Sarah at a blogger gathering! Bangs and glasses – so cute. And yes, she is Superwoman! So much skill and smarts! Now this pie, Erika! I’m blown away! Aquafaba.. I’ve heard of it, but have never whipped it up, so I appreciate your notes. You swirls look like the eggy deal – beautiful work my dear!

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  7. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    Woah! I’ve never heard of aquafaba and now I’m feeling like I need to rush to the kitchen to experiment. Also – your meringue swirl game is ridiculous. Thank you for the sweet sweet things you wrote (blushing…) and for making such a creatively unique recipe for my cheesebabyshower! I can’t wait until you’re back in the bay and we can dine together again.

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  10. Christine // my natural kitchen

    Ever since I saw this recipe on the list of everyone’s posts for Sarah’s shower, I knew I would love it! I have always loved lemon meringue and have dabbled just a bit in the miracle of aquafaba baking, but haven’t attempted something like this. I can’t wait to try your recipe! Also, isn’t it sweet that so many people from all over are connected to Sarah and were able to come together to celebrate her? This virtual shower is just the sweetest!

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    1. erika Post author

      Aww thank you so much Christine!!! I’m so obsessed with aquafaba baking and LOVE when I get to talk about with other people! I hope to see some future aquafaba recipes on your lovely blog 😉 😉 And yes, these virtual showers are so sweet and so great!!

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  11. Betty

    The minute you sneak peeked this on instagram I couldn’t wait for it to be posted, and then I realized it was for #cheesebabyshower!!! This is so lovely, and yes, aren’t Sarah and Alanna so warm and welcoming??? I love this so much Erika!! Please send me a slice :)

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  15. laurasmess

    This is like MAGIC, I cannot believe that gorgeous meringue was made from chickpea brine! It’s beautiful; creamy and glossy, just like the real deal. I love this post Erika, not just because of your beautiful recipe but because of the warmth and generosity that comes through blogger friendships. Sarah (and her little cheesy bun in the oven) sounds like a beautiful person – I feel like her little one is going to be one lucky (and well fed!) baby. Gorgeous post xx

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