If there’s one day worthy of a celebration, it’s Pi Day. Observed on March 14th (3/14, as in 3.14, the first significant numbers in the mathematical constant pi), the celebration is as much about the pastry as it is about mathematics. Mathletes and foodies alike commemorate the occasion by enjoying a slice of their favorite pie. But what about the fitness lovers looking to indulge in a on this holiday?
If you’re vigilant, you can maintain during any holiday and you don’t have to sacrifice healthy eating to celebrate this Pi Day. There are many healthy versions of this sweet treat which will fit into every eating plan. For those who adhere to paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and clean eating lifestyles, you can have your pie and eat it too!
Paleo Chocolate Pie
For the crust:
Into food processor, with blade attachment, add:
- 1 cup raw walnuts or pecans
- 5 soft, pitted organic dates
- dash salt
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
Puree until fine crumbs form, and press into bottom and sides of a 9” pie pan.
For the filling:
In food processor with blade attachment, combine:
- 3/4-1 cup coconut cream, removed from 2 chilled cans coconut milk (the cream settles at the top and solidifies), warmed in microwave 20 seconds.
- 1/4 cup melted 60% cacao organic chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 10 soft, pitted organic dates
- dash cinnamon
- 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Process until smooth, pour into pie crust, and refrigerate until set.
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
Preheat oven to 400º
In food processor with blade attachment, place the flesh of 2 medium baked sweet potatoes.
- 2 TBL cornstarch, or arrowroot, mixed with 1/4 cup cold water, and whisked to smooth consistency
- 1/8 cup pure organic maple syrup
- 3/4 cup coconut or cashew milk
- 2 TB cinnamon
- 1 TB ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground glove
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp allspice
Process until smooth and pour into 9” vegan pie crust (store bought or homemade). Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool completely and chill, or refrigerate overnight.
Gluten-Free, Fat-Free Lemon Pie
Preheat oven to 350º
Lightly spray 9” pie pan with oil
For the crust:
- 1/2 cup gluten-free oats & 1/2 cup sorghum flour, combined in food processor and processed until ground.add:
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp each baking soda, salt and vanillaprocess until combined
- 1/4 cup naturally sweetened applesauceprocess just until mixed and press into pie panBake 10 minutes, until slightly brown. Cool completely.
For the filling:
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp agar-agar flakes
- 1 cup natural sugar
- dash salt Combine in saucepan.
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk
- Bring to boil, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in
- 1 cup lemon juice
Pour into cooled crust.
Chill 2 hours or overnight.
Clean Strawberry Pie
Choose an organic, whole grain frozen pie crust, or use your favorite clean crust recipe. Bake 10 minutes. Cool.
Clean and slice about 3 lbs. of organic fresh-picked strawberries. Remove 3/4 cup and transfer to food processor. Pour remaining strawberries into cooled crust.
To strawberries in food processor, with metal blade, add:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup natural sugar (coconut works well)
Process to smooth consistency.
Pour into saucepan, adding
- 4 tsp cornstarch, whisked with 1/4 cup cold water.
Stir constantly over medium heat until thickened (about 3 minutes). Cool slightly. Pour over berries in pie. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
So, celebrate Pi Day along with your friends and family. You can and should enjoy any celebration in good health. Don’t lose out-the possibilities are endless.