Happy Pi Day! Or should I say Pie Day?
In celebration of this national holiday, I will ask you a question. “What came first the Pi or the Pie?”
Both have been celebrated throughout world history. I personally thought that Pi would be older than pie because it has occurred naturally in nature for millions of years.
Well, I guessed wrong. The first pie was believed to be made back in 9500 B.C. during the New Stone Age. The first pies were more of a galattes style with a treat inside. I looked up Pi next. It is believed by many Egyptologists that Pi was first used by the early Egyptians back in 2589 to 2566 B.C. to build pyramids. Even though it appears that these early Egyptians may have calculated pi, the first time a symbol for Pi was used dates back to a clay tablet dated back to 1900-1600 B.C. So now we all know that pies have been around in history a lot longer than Pi. (Thank you Wikipedia!)
That made me hungry!
In honor of pi day, I am going to share a long time family favorite pie. I must say if you are a peanut butter lover, you are in for a special treat! I don’t know about your house, but a jar of peanut butter just doesn’t last very long in mine. Peanut butter is spread on gluten free toast, fruit, pancakes, put into smoothies, and yes….eaten on a spoon straight out of the jar. Sigh!
Creamy, crunchy, it doesn’t matter.
When I first started making this pie years ago, our family was still able to eat gluten. I found the recipe in an old cookbook, Mrs. Fields I love Chocolate. And yes, this is going to make me sound old… but this is way back before we had access to the internet to find recipes :-) .
I adapted this recipe, completely changing the crust from the original chocolate rice krispie crust to an oreo crust. To make it gluten free, I decided to use some stale broken Kinitoos oreos from the back of my pantry and combined them with almond meal to add a little more protein to the pie. If you want to read more about my pantry cleaning blitz, check out this recipe for Clean Your Pantry Cookies.
- 12 smashed up KinniToos Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- 4 Tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 8 ounces of soft light cream cheese
- 14 ounce can of condensed milk
- ¾ cup of creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup chocolate and/or peanut butter chips
- Mix smashed oreos, almond meal, and melted butter together in a small bowl.
- Grease a cake pan. (I used a coconut oil spray)
- Pour cookie mix into the pan and spread it around the pan.
- With your fingers, press the mix down to flatten the crust. Push loose cookie mix up the sides and press down to flatten. Continue until the walls and bottom of the cake pan have a thin crust layer.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is fluffy.
- Add in the peanut butter, condensed milk, and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes.
- In a medium sized bowl, use your mixer to whip the heavy cream until if forms soft peaks.
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese and peanut butter mixture.
- Pour on top of the crust.
- Use a spoon to push the filling around to cover the crust.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Top with chips.
About The Author – Sandi Gaertner:
Sandi Gaertner is the owner of the blog, Fearless Dining. Her family began their gluten-free journey five years ago when first her husband and later the rest of the family discovered that they were gluten intolerant. She started her blog because she grew tired of getting sick or “glutened” when dining out. Cross contamination is a huge factor when dining out; and it is important to know how the restaurants handle gluten free orders in their kitchens. Fearless Dining has a database of 600 Bay Area restaurant’s safe gluten handling procedures. It also features restaurant interviews, features special recipes from chefs, and has gluten free product reviews. Sandi hopes to both expand her database to other cities, and to create an app out of her database in order to make the information easier to access via your phone.
Below the collage are links to all of the blogs that participated in our
Blog Swap Meet: Pi Day Recipes
Stop by and visit them all!