Diet & Nutrition 5 MIN READ 121 VIEWS March 14, 2022

Pi Day: An Excuse to Enjoy ‘Pie’ Recipes

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Pi Day

Pi Day, celebrated on March 14 every year, honors the mathematical constant, Pi (π). It represents the rounded number 3.14, which is the reason why this day is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month. The number is rounded because there are more than 50 trillion digits after the decimal point and therefore it is hard for anyone to remember.

Not a math geek? No problem! You’re not reading this blog to explore the 50 trillion digits. What we have in store for you is much more interesting – healthy ‘pie’ recipes! After all, homophones (Pi and pie) can easily get the foodies confused.

4 Best Pie Recipes

Listed below are some of the most delicious pies you can prepare easily (more easily than remembering the Pi digits).

1. Chocolate Hazelnut Pie

These Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Pies don’t need to be shared! It has a velvety smooth and creamy chocolate-hazelnut filling inside a buttery pie crust (and it’s dairy-free and vegan too). This is one of the best healthy dessert recipes.

Steps for preparing the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
  2. Allow the rolled pie crust to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes or until slightly softened (if you unroll it cold, it could tear).
  3. Place the pie crust on a clean surface and unroll it. Punch circles out of the crust with a 4′′ circular cookie cutter.
  4. Firmly press the pie crust rounds into the muffin tin cups that haven’t been oiled. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow cooling completely before serving.

Steps for preparing the filling:

  1. Whisk together the coconut cream and melted chocolate in a large mixing basin. Whisk until the mixture is entirely smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the Nocciolata and vanilla extract. Transfer the pan to the fridge after scooping the “batter” into the baked pie crust.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one night.
  4. Serve with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, a drizzle of melted chocolate, and a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts. Enjoy!

2. Banoffee Pie

A Graham Cracker crust, a smooth and creamy banana filling, a light and fluffy whipped cream topping, and a healthy dusting of shaved chocolate make for a healthy banoffee pie. It’s impossible to tell that it’s refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!

Steps for preparing crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and salt in a medium-sized mixing basin.
  3. Combine the coconut oil and butter flavoring in a mixing bowl. Bake for 12 minutes after pressing the mixture into an 8″ springform pan. Allow cooling completely before serving.

Steps for preparing filling:

  1. Take three bananas and cut them into coins. Arrange the banana coins on top of the pie crust.
  2. Open the coconut milk cans and scoop out the coconut cream into a bowl. Remove (or drink) the coconut water that has accumulated at the bottom of the cans. In the coconut cream, mash the remaining 2 bananas. Whisk in the stevia extract, vanilla extract, and turmeric until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the mixture over the banana coins. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until thoroughly set. Garnish with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

3. Peanut Butter Pie

This healthy pie requires a soft peanut butter crust and a luscious, fudgy peanut butter filling. If you like peanut butter, you will adore this pie. The best part is that it’s sugar-free, low in carb, high in protein, high in fiber, and gluten-free!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coconut oil should be used to grease a 9-inch round tart pan.
  2. Whisk together almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing basin. Mix in the coconut oil (make sure it’s not heated), maple syrup, and vanilla essence until the dry ingredients are moistened. The mixture should look like wet sand.
  3. Finish combining the mixture with your hands, ensuring that the coconut oil is uniformly distributed.
  4. Press the crust mixture evenly into the prepared tart pan, beginning with the sides and working your way down. 13-15 minutes in the oven When finished, cool in the pan on a wire rack. When you’re ready to fill the crust, it should be cool.
  5. To create the filling, scoop the coconut cream or waxy solid from the can of coconut milk into a small bowl and stop when you reach the liquid below.
  6. Beat the coconut cream for about 30 seconds with an electric mixer. If you’re using refrigerated coconut milk, beat it until it begins to thicken and soft peaks form.
  7. Clean out the basin from creating the crust, then add the peanut butter, 12 cup maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer. Fold in half of the coconut whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture using a spatula. Fold in the leftover coconut whipped cream until the filling is fully mixed.
  8. Place the filling in the crust and level the top with a spatula. Place for at least 2 hours in the freezer.
  9. When the filling has been set, in a small microwavable bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for 30 seconds. In a separate small bowl, melt the coconut oil for 30 seconds. Allow to cool before serving. Stir in the maple syrup and cocoa powder until combined.
  10. Drizzle peanut butter and melted chocolate over top using a fork or spoon. If desired, top with peanuts.
  11. Return to the freezer for another 20-30 minutes.
  12. When ready to serve, take the pie from the tart pan and set it on the counter for about 10 minutes before cutting with a sharp knife. Serve and eat right away.

4. Strawberry Pie 

This delectable strawberry pie is a hit with everyone. The best part is that it’s low in sugar and you won’t regret eating it.

Method:

  1. Drain pineapple and set aside the juice in a 2-cup measuring cup. Set aside the pineapple. 
  2. Transfer the juice to a saucepan and add enough water to make 1-1/2 cups.
  3. Combine the pudding mix and gelatin in a mixing bowl. 
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened.
  5. Mix in the pineapple. Remove from the fire and set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
  6. Mix in the strawberries and toss lightly to coat. Pour into the pie crust. 
  7. Refrigerate for 3 hours, or until set. 
  8. 1 tablespoon whipped topping should be garnished on each piece. 
  9. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Conclusion

Celebrated every year all over the world, Pi day honors the mathematicians and the wonderful number that Pi is. This year, make this day delectable by trying out the above-listed pie recipes.

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