Norfolk, Va. – Just in time for Thanksgiving, PETA has selected the top 10 vegan pies from restaurants and bakeries from coast to coast. Each winner will receive a framed certificate—plus bragging rights for the holiday season.
In the western U.S., winners include the Bumble Berry Peach Pie with coconut hazelnut streusel from Petunia’s Pies & Pastries in Portland, Oregon, as well as the Fried Softserve Pie—corn almond softserve on a graham crust, layered with vegan fudge and vegan honeycomb candy—from Magpies Softserve in Los Angeles. Moving eastward, the Tofu Pumpkin Pie from Green Heart Bakery in Tucson, Arizona, snagged a spot on the list, as did the smoky-and-spicy Chocolate–Sweet Potato Pie from Denver’s Beet Box Bakery & Cafe.
In America’s heartland, Third Coast Bakery in Traverse City, Michigan, was honored for its American classic: a Vegan Apple Pie. The Southern classic Pecan Pie from all-vegan Reverie Bakeshop in Richardson, Texas, also won a top 10 spot, while Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe in Louisville, Kentucky, earned the honors for its festive red Cranberry Walnut Pie.
East Coast winners include the Apple Crisp from Fork My Life in Sarasota, Florida; the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from The Remedy Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Blackberry Pie from Acme Pie Co. in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, honorable mentions go to the Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie at Boston’s Veggie Galaxy and the Pumpkin-Chocolate Swirl pie at Philadelphia’s Sweet Freedom Bakery.
“From pumpkin to pecan, there’s a vegan pie for every Thanksgiving table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the decadent pies on PETA’s list show how easy it is to give everyone—including chickens and cows—something to be thankful for this holiday season.”
Not only are vegan desserts free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol, they also spare animals immense suffering: In the dairy industry, calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, and in the egg industry, parts of chickens’ beaks are cut off with a hot blade when they’re just a few days old.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—also offers free vegan Thanksgiving recipes on its website.