Bean pie
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A selection of bean pies
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBeans (usually navy beans)

A bean pie is a sweet custard pie whose filling consists of mashed beans, usually navy bean, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and spices.[1] Common spices and flavorings include vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Variations can include cloves, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and lemon extract.[2][3][4][5]

Bean pies are commonly associated with African American Muslims' cuisine as an alternative to soul foods, except those containing vanilla extract or imitation vanilla extract as they contain alcohol.[4] The pies are also specifically associated with the Nation of Islam movement and Elijah Muhammad, who encouraged their consumption instead of certain ingredients associated with soul food.[1][6]

Members of the community commonly sell bean pies as part of their fundraising efforts.[7] The bean pie was allegedly introduced by Wallace Fard Muhammad, who was a restaurateur in the 1910s and 1920s prior to founding the Nation of Islam in 1930.[1][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Anastopoulo, Rossi (November 13, 2018). "The Radical Pie That Fueled a Nation". Taste. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Bean Pie". Southern Living. June 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Lindsey, Deb (September 15, 2015). "Lana's Bean Pies". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "No Fail Bean Pie Recipe". Allrecipes. June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Navy Bean Pie (Muslim) Recipe". January 2, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Shula, Mike (November 18, 2013). "Bean pie, my brother?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Abdulrahim, Raja (June 13, 2011). "Selling bean pies — and maintaining a tradition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  8. ^ Umrani, Anthony (February 15, 2012). "The sweet appeal of the Nation of Islam's bean pie". CNN. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015.