Healthy Pie Recipes for Pi Day
Pi Day falls on Tuesday, March 14, this year. Celebrate with these healthy pie recipes for Pi Day!
- Learn new healthy pie recipes for Pi Day 2023.
- Celebrate the mathematical constant “Pi” by making guilt-free pies.
- Learn how to make healthy ingredient swaps that make your pies more nutritious and delicious.
Prepare your pie dishes and recognize Pi Day with these healthy pie recipes this year!
Table of Contents:
- Eat This, Not That — Healthy Pie Ingredient Swaps
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie
- Sweet Potato and Cream Cheese Swirl Pie
- Celebrate Pi Day With These Healthy Pie Recipes
Eat This, Not That — Healthy Pie Ingredient Swaps
You are probably familiar with pie, the well-known dessert with a buttery, flaky crust. Unfortunately, traditional pie recipes are often full of sugar and unhealthy fats.
You can make some simple ingredient changes to make your pies healthier and lighter on calories.
Leave out the Bottom Crust
Pastry crusts are loaded with fat and calories. Most pies are made with both top and bottom crusts, but this doesn’t have to be the case.
You can simply leave the bottom crust out of your pie to reduce the calorie content by about 25%. You will still taste the delicious crust on top – but without a quarter of the calories.
Use Lower-Sugar Sweeteners
To reduce the amount of sugar in your pie filling, consider using alternative sweeteners. This can include zero-calorie sweeteners like Stevia or naturally sweet fruits.
Many people enjoy dates, pure pumpkin, and applesauce as sweet alternatives to added sugar. Avoid pre-mixed pie fillings that contain high fructose corn syrup.
Try Healthier Flour Options
Whole wheat flour is considered much healthier than all-purpose flour.
It contains more protein per serving, making it more satiating. It’s also more nutritious and contains more fiber as well.
You don’t have to miss out on your favorite dessert – make some healthy pie recipes for Pi Day!
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
You might think that pie isn’t complete without a delicious crust, but this recipe can prove you wrong. Crustless Pumpkin Pie packs the same flavor punch as traditional pie – minus lots of calories and carbs!
To make Crustless Pumpkin Pie filling, prepare these ingredients:
- 15 ounces of 100% pure pumpkin
- ⅓ cup of sugar or alternative sweetener
- ¾ cup of evaporated milk (fat-free)
- ½ cup of egg product, refrigerated
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
Instead of using pie crust, this recipe uses alternative crunchy toppings. These will give your pie the same satisfying texture as regular pie while keeping it healthy.
To make the cranberry-orange almond crunch, use these ingredients:
- ¼ cup of dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup of toasted almonds, chopped
- ½ cup of low-sugar oat clusters or toasted bran cereal
- ½ teaspoon of orange peel, finely shredded
You can make your toasted cereal in the oven in advance or buy pre-packaged oat clusters.
To make a maple-apple pecan crunch, use the following ingredients:
- 2 large apples
- ¼ cup of water
- ¼ cup of pecans, toasted
- 1 tablespoon of 100% pure maple syrup
You can substitute toasted walnuts for the pecans or blend the two together for more flavor.
Follow these steps to make your Crustless Pumpkin Pie:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Gently combine the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, sugar or sweetener, and honey in a medium bowl.
- Add beaten eggs and vanilla extract, then stir in the fat-free evaporated milk.
- Pour the mixture into an 8-inch springform pan that has been lightly greased. Place the pan on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes and then cool for one hour. We recommend covering the pie with foil and chilling it for at least 2 hours before serving it.
- In a small bowl, add the cranberry-orange almond crunch ingredients and combine thoroughly. Set aside for use as pie topping.
- Core and slice your apples and cook them in water for 5 minutes in a skillet on medium heat.
- Drain the water from the apples.
- Combine the apples and nuts on top of a slice of the pumpkin pie, then drizzle maple syrup over the top.
If you follow these instructions, you and your guests will enjoy pumpkin pie guilt-free!
Sweet Potato and Cream Cheese Swirl Pie
Sweet potatoes are a wonderful alternative to sugary pie fillings. Follow this recipe to make a delicious, nutritious pie for Pi Day!
Prepare the following ingredients:
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg yolk
- ¾ cup of light brown sugar
- ¾ cup of nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
- ¼ cup of reduced-fat cream cheese
- 6 ounces of gingersnap cookies
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil
- 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
The gingersnap cookies add a unique flavor profile to this delicious healthy pie.
To make this pie, follow these steps:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and roast them until they are tender. This should take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Set them aside to cool.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Finely grind the gingersnap cookies in a food processor or by hand. Transfer the ground cookies to a bowl.
- Add the canola oil to the bowl and combine thoroughly.
- Spread this mixture evenly throughout the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan. Spread it up the sides of the pan as well.
- Bake the crust for about 10 minutes or until the cookie mixture has just started to darken.
- Puree the cooled sweet potatoes until they are smooth. Keep 1 ½ cups of the puree in the food processor.
- Add the brown sugar, ½ cup of Greek yogurt, eggs and egg yolk, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the food processor. Combine well.
- Spread this pie filling over the cookie crust in the pan.
- Add the leftover ¼ cup of yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, and ground ginger into a bowl. Combine until smooth.
- Add the cream cheese mixture over the sweet potato pie filling. Create a swirled design if desired.
- Bake the pie for 45 to 50 minutes and let it cool for at least 2 hours before serving.
Celebrate Pi Day with These Healthy Pie Recipes
Don’t let sugar, fat, and calories stop you from celebrating Pi Day this year. Use these healthy pie recipes to enjoy the day in a nutritious way!