A delicious spicy dessert made with cooked pinto beans, spices, brown sugar, and other ingredients. Tastes like a sweet potato pie. Excellent warm or cold. How cool is that?!
I first heard of bean pies over 20 years ago. Every weekend on my way to a favorite hair salon in Atlanta, I’d drive through a popular area where Muslims were selling bean pies. People were always stopping to purchase them! Business was booming.
Although I never purchased one, I asked my stylist if she had ever tasted a bean pie. Her enthusiastic response was refreshing. She said they tasted like a really good sweet potato pie.
The traditional bean pie is a sweet custard pie associated with the Nation of Islam. The filling contains mashed navy beans, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, and spices. This creative dessert dates back to the 1930s when Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam, told his followers to avoid pork and unhealthy starches.
Muslims created the bean pie as a healthier substitute for the sweet potato pie. Navy beans replaced sweet potatoes.
Although I’m not a Muslim, I’m inspired by their creative use of navy beans. A google search revealed black beans and pinto beans are also used to make bean pies.
I used pinto beans, shredded carrots and no eggs to make my version. Shredded carrots, an optional ingredient, adds texture and thickness.