Sweet Bean Pie !! from the Nation of Islam

Eeeww  Bean Pie???  you say!…. I know huh!  I remember when my husband Demetris mentioned Bean Pie to me…..my instant reaction was  eewww dude  that sounds gross!!  being that I am not a big  bean lover & for the beans I do eat, I’m rather picky about how they are made.  I also do NOT eat Pies such as Sweet Potatoe Pie or Pumpkin Pie.

The  Bean Pie was ….Born in the Nation of Islam.. a  religious black nationalist and social reform movement formed in the 1930’s, and led by Elijah Muhammad. Elijah Muhammad wrote a book called “How to Eat to Live” , where he detailed healthy eating guidelines, to improve and prolong life.    The Bean Pie is made of Navy Beans, with basic core ingredients, such as sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bakers will add their own touch of flavors such as cloves, ginger and more.

The thought of Bean and Pie put together is hard to digest in ones train of thought, let alone to taste 🙂  Well I am a brave one! I took my first bite nine years ago , with the thought in mind on how quickly I will be spitting this out …..  & of course to my surprise I was overwhelmed by the sweet smooth taste.   I learnt that it can be eaten warm, cold or hot… I prefer nice and chilled 🙂

Now the downside to the bean Pie is that it is NOT mass produced, and you really need to find a reliable producer/baker…… Because its not cool when we are needing that bean Pie Fix and not being able to find it anywhere ….  our supplier is a good 35 mins away, so we make that trip worthwhile, to find that sometimes they are closed  grrrrr frustrating it is!!..lol …the  other option is to look out for community followers who sell bean pies for fundraising….they are normally dressed in suits 🙂 .  I have made my own and definitely need practice 🙂

I have officially hooked all my kids onto the Bean Pie.  serve it with a chilled cup of milk and there you go 🙂

I have included a recipe, now there is always a disagreement on whats the best and original recipe….. so its completely personal taste I think and most people add their own touch to every recipe… I for one am a culprit to doing this to almost every recipe.

This recipe makes two 9 inch pies.

Nation of Islam Navy Bean Pies

2 cups cooked navy beans (drained canned are fine to use)
4 eggs
1 14oz. can of evaporated milk
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablesppons flour
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line two 9 inch pie plates with crust. Dot a few holes with the end of sharp
knife or fork a few times.
In large mixing bowl mash beans with a potato masher, add the butter, milk,
eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour. Mix with electric hand mixer until well
blended 2-3 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla and blend. Pour mixture into the
two pie shells and bake about one hour, until golden brown and set.

So go on be Brave try one  or make one you will NOT regret it.

For a more in depth cultural history on the Bean Pie I came across this wonderful writer  check it out Bean Pie my Brother?


70 Responses to “Sweet Bean Pie !! from the Nation of Islam”
  1. J.E. Johnson says:

    Greetings, brothers and sisters, this focus is on the the vanilla used in any recipe. Especially, when referring to vanilla extract or any flavoring extracts. Keep in mind that Islam prohibits the use of alcohol in any way that has intoxicating components in Halal cooking or baking. Be aware that the “finest” of these extracts have a high volume of alcohol(15-30%) in some instances. I know what you may be saying, the alcohol cooks out! Now let’s look at the complete picture. Let’s say that there is a glass that was used for to hold human waste. You wash and wash and sanitize and sanitize that glass. Would you drink from that glass knowing what used to be in that glass? I know I would not, and chances are you would not use that glass to drink from either, even if it was sanitize with acid and bleach! Keep in mind if foods that are certified Kosher are inter changeable for consumption, but not Halal if there is the presence of alcohol according to the Muslim Consumer Group teachings. Even if the foods are certified with the certified Kosher symbols. So, with that in mind. Here are some wholesome alternatives. The best alternative is the non-alcoholic vanilla extract by Trader Joe’s and the non-alcoholic almond extract from Whole Foods Market. They are free of any type of alcohol. There is a Muslim Lady on a website called my Halal Kitchen where she uses baking emulsions in her baking that contains a alcohol that is permissible. Meaning, that the emulsion does not have any intoxicant component, and is considered Halal. The company brand that I bake with are the baking emultions from the LoriAnne Company. The alcohol used in the emulsion is the non-intoxicant type. The LoriAnne Company also have large selection of consentrated food grade flavored oils that are very strong in flavor that serve as flavoring extracts that are used in candy making that have absolutely no alcohol in them, if you want to be on the safe side. These can be obtained directly from the LoriAnne website, or at diverse big city supermarkets. The other choice is use the flavoring known as vanillian. A alcohol-free vanilla flavoring. On the savory side of Halal cooking, soy sauce in particular. Pearl River Bridge naturally brewed soy sauce is Halal, it has a Halal symbol clearly displayed on the bottle. This is the case with all of the Pearl River Bridge products. The other Halal products are by the La Choy Company, but the taste is not as good as Pearl River Bridge. I hope that my knowledge has been helpful to you all. Take care!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this recipe, 2nd go round. Living in San Diego, you would fine mean of Islam selling bean pies awww like heaven love them 10 X’s better then pumpkin which never liked & sweet potato pie I did like. Thank you for sharing

  3. LaJuan McCain says:

    How do you get that layer on top?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have tried the supreme pies from Chicago and the small pies from mosques in St. Louis need your next my sister. They good!

  5. Bisa says:

    I love this pie. I make it all the time it reminds of the 70’s. When life was soooooo good. Thank you for sharing. Peace and Blessings.

  6. Rosa says:

    what kind of flour, seft rising or all purpose ?

  7. Lashelia Daniel says:

    The topping is totally different how do you make the topping?

    • JuanitaB says:

      That is not a topping. Once you take it out of the oven you are supposed to cover it with plastic wrap. once it cools, you will get that topping. I’ve been making my own for years. I use less sugar.

  8. Christina says:

    I made it, and it came out wonderful.

  9. Gloria says:

    I love the Nation of Islam’s bean pies and bean soup.I am making it today.

  10. Janice Kirkwood says:

    My husband loves this pie. It is his favorite.

  11. Sarita. Johnson says:

    Getting ready to try to make this sounds great thanks for sharing this

  12. Anonymous says:

    Im 11 and its real yummy!Thank you Ma,am:)

  13. Bisa says:

    I love this recipe is put everything in the blender except the sugar and vanilla it’s great. Thank you Sister.

  14. Patrice says:

    I made this pie for the 4th of July weekend, and it was the biggest hit on the dessert table! I love this recipe and will use it from here on out! It is the best home made bean pie I’ve ever had, and taste the most like the original bean pies that the Muslims sale! Thank you so much Mariela for sharing this recipe.

  15. vary happy now says:

    I love this pie yum!!!!

  16. Lisa Haley says:

    I’m so called white girl my husband introduced to bean pie wow I love it so does my 11 yr daughter
    It an hour alway to get one. I have to learn how to make one
    Thank you

  17. Lisa says:

    Looks very good, thank you, Mariela, and everyone contributing tips for gluten and dairy free substitution tips, too! Will try this Thanksgiving!

  18. Nadeau says:

    If using dried beans, do you soak over night and then cook? If so, how long do you cook them? Have you ever used a pressure cooker to cook the beans? I haven’t purchased all of the ingredients yet so I do not have a package to refer to yet.

    • U.R. says:

      Of course. Use cooked beans and mash them. If you don’t know how to cook beans, you can pop open a can, drain them (they’re cooked, trust me) then mash those instead.

    • H Akbar says:

      I have found that I prefer using dry beans over canned beans. Soaking might be good although I have never done it. I just cook the beans until they are super tender and then I use an immersion blender to make them smooth. Then I proceed with the recipe

  19. Scrib says:

    Thank you for replying to all of the post. I’ve learned so much from your replies.

  20. Malawi says:

    I tried to make a bean pie and it was very dry and the consistency was not like a custard filling. What do I do wrong. Thx

    • jazzjune10 says:

      I use this recipe, but I mix my ingredients in a food processor. I feel that this method better blends the ingredients and gives the filling a really smooth consistency. So far, every pie has been a winner. Also, make sure to use evaporated milk. Half of the water is removed from evaporated milk, which may contribute to the pie’s creamy/custard quality.

  21. mikeconphoto says:

    Reblogged this on mikeconphoto and commented:
    I love bean pies!!
    #ATL #MikeCon #Photography

  22. mrsmimi1213 says:

    How do u make the crust.

    • Wow I totally didn’t put that in –
      Makes 2 Pie Crusts


      2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
      1/2 tsp sea salt
      2/3 cup softened coconut oil or softened butter
      Approximately 1/2 cup cold water

      In a mixer (or by hand if you are daring enough), mix dry ingredients and coconut oil/butter together.
      Once you have good looking crumbs, slowly start to add your water.
      You should start to have a pliable ball of dough. Once you reach that consistency you can stop adding water. Depending on your flour, you may need to add more/less water. If you add too much, don’t worry! Just add some more flour to the mixture until you reach the right consistency.
      On a sheet of wax paper, roll out your dough with a rolling pin. Use extra flour on your rolling pin, wax paper and hands so that the dough doesn’t stick.
      Once you have a nice flat and round pie crust area, pick it up – wax paper and all.
      Use the wax paper to turn your crust over and place it in your greased pie pan.
      Remove wax paper, and shape your pie crust.
      Trim the ends around the edge of the pie plate.

      From here u add your ingredients and bake it

  23. Anonymous says:

    Are you referring to Vanilla Extract in your ingredients list or the seeds from the actual Vanilla bean?

  24. Anonymous says:

    How do you get that top layer of brown crust above the softer custard, and how do you make the pie filling that orange/yellowish color?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Did you make the pie in the picture?

  26. Anonymous says:

    This is not the “Original Bean Pie Recipe “ of the Nation of Islam. The sugar and flour are wrong, plus there are four “key” flavors that goes into the pie.
    If there is any on who wants the “Original Recipe” please contact me by email: karman@sbcglobal.net.

    • Thats awesome that you have another recipe, but like I mentioned in my blog everyone is different, and I never said it was the “Original” recipe… so please share your recipe with us I would love to see it. 🙂

    • Amirah Bey says:

      There is always ONE. She never said her recipe was THE original recipe. if you feel this is not a recipe for you, then don’t make it. But by all means don’t try and discredit THIS recipe. If you want to share yours, then just share. why must we email you?
      if it a secret, then leave it as such!…

    • Ms. Evone says:

      Hi Karman, I would like to know the original
      recipe, including the recipe for the crust for the bean pie; many times people will leave out some of the ingredients because (it seems as if) they are not 100% sure they are ready to share the whole recipe. Maybe this is not the case, but people shouldn’t offer something like a recipe half-handed if they’re not wanting or ready to share. I’ve longed for this recipe for a very long time. Thanks

  27. Khadija says:

    My bean pie mixer can out very thin, is that how it suppose to be, if not how can I make it thicker.

  28. Georgina says:

    After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are
    added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment.
    Is there a means you can remove me from that service?

    Thanks a lot!

  29. Fatir says:

    I’ve used this recipe and it tastes great! The only problem I have is that my pie does not look like the pictures above. It comes out looking a lot lighter. I don’t know if oven type makes a difference, if I’m baking it long enough ( I let it bake an hour ), or if it’s something else.

    I want to know how I can get my pie to have the same perfectly brown top, the way it looks in the picture. Thanks.

    • Hi there Fatir

      Try and sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar on the top. 🙂

      • Delia says:

        Hi Mariela, when you make this mixture, is it right after the pie filling is placed into the shells and before going in the oven? Would you be able to provide an example of the measurements you used for this mixture on top? Thanks.

      • Delia says:

        Hi Mariela, when you make this mixture, is it right after the pie filling is placed into the shells and before going in the oven? Would you be able to provide an example of the measurements you used for this mixture on top? Also, some people use the whole egg and I have seen others take off the yolk. Please let me know how you do it. Thanks.

      • Hello Delia. , mix in 1tspn of each, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, and sift it over the pie before putting it in the oven to bake. You could also play with it and add 1 egg to the dry mixture , whisk it thoroughly and apply it over the pie with a baking brush. I’ve done both ways I like the moisture , but I also like the vrunch I think it’s a personal touch. Try both ways. Add some of your own twist too 🙂

  30. Ella says:

    I’m planning on making this tomorrow. My beans are soaking right now! Just one question: did you use brown or white sugar?

  31. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much. I had this recipe a long time ago and thru my travels I have miss placed it. So again Thank you and my peace be with you all of your days.

  32. Ethel says:

    This is an excellent version of the original pie. So good. I really appreciate that it isn’t overly sweet. However, next time I will add a little salt. Also used all organic ingredients. And made only one pie. To make non-glutin crust, use Pamela’s Baking Mix. This one is a keeper. Thank you for posting the recipe.

    • yay!! I am happy you liked it!…. I must use ALL organic ingredients myself!! and you are very welcome!! please feel free to share your own recipe!!

      • Eboni says:

        No problem with sharing… I didn’t change your recipe just the type of ingredients. Fresh and Easy markets carry their brand of canned beans which are organic. Pamela’s baking mix is glutin free and is available at most stores like Sprouts, Fresh and Easy, Whole Foods or online. There are organic milk alternatives like hemp, coconut, almond or oat. But to keep the pie mixture thick use canned full fat coconut. I get my eggs fresh from a local farmer who uses sustainable methods or either buy organic ones from the market. One thing that may send this over the top is to use duck eggs! OMG, they are so rich and delicious. I’ve even used them in making mayonnaise and felt guilty using it because of the richness and goodness. The flour, even though I am trying to be almost glutin free, is from organic wheat because I didn’t want to change your excellent recipe and glad I didn’t.

      • Interesting, I might give your ingredients a try. sounds delightful!!
        thank you for visiting my page 🙂

  33. lol @ Eboni… I can very much say that in our family!! 1 dozen personal Bean pies last for less than 8 hours in my household of 6 …lol

  34. Anonymous says:

    I havee been craving a bean pie since moving back to NC and today I passed a corner where a gentleman was selling. I purchase only one. Big mistake and forced me search for the recipe. THANK YOU

  35. Brother Johnny says:

    How long should the pies bake?

  36. Oh yes I was contemplating on putting Elijah Muhammed’s book in for reference 🙂 thank you

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