Millionaire Bean Pie is 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.
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EDITOR’S NOTE (August 7, 2021): Edited for clarity. Corrected typos.
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 of their bean pies, I asked my hair 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.
Muslims created the bean pie as a healthier substitute for the sweet potato pie. Navy beans replaced sweet potatoes.
A google search revealed they also use black beans and pinto beans are to make mouthwatering bean pies.
I used pinto beans, shredded carrots and no eggs to make my version of this classic dessert. Shredded carrots, an optional ingredient, adds texture and thickness.
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