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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WIAW #36 – Making Pie: Crust or No Crust?

Even as that “tubby” boy who thought not once about calorie content in food, I never really liked pie crust. So now that I’m ever so conscious of what I consume, I opt for no crust on the healthy pies I make.
I’m writing this prior to knowing what November’s WIAW theme is, so please forgive my non-themed post. Not like I was very good at following last month’s theme either….sorry again. And while I’m on the topic of “sorry”, I’m sorry for the lack of brand new pictures for my post. I’ve still been cooking, but the pictures (as unprofessional as they are) take up a lot of precious time. Time I want to be spending with my loving wife, Kelley.

So hopefully I won’t lose any of you during this time of infrequent posts and pictures; I promise to get back into the game sometime…..just don’t know when!

Being November with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure there’s many a foodie with pie on the mind. I like pie, but only if made by me or I know the exact ingredients used and I like them. Since I don’t make pie often, this obviously means I don’t have a lot of the sweet, round, dessert. This season, I’d like to work on making my own healthy version that has no crust and that friends and family will enjoy.

I bet PB Crave Coco Bananas and pureed sweet potato would be an awesome pie!  Ughhnnnnnggggg!!! I think my stomach is saying something....
Sounds easy, but most of my “healthified” dessert attempts wind up being something only I enjoy. That’s okay to a degree, but I’d like to share. So, the first part to a healthier pie is taking out the crust component. This isn’t hard, just prepare the pie filling (the best part anyway) and if it’s one you cook, put in pie pan and bake as needed.

I think making overnight oats in a pie pan would also be an excellent no-cook and healthy version. Imagine, overnight peanut butter pumpkin oats mixed with milk of choice, protein powder, and pumpkin pie spice all mixed up and placed in a pan to set over night. You could wake up and have pie for breakfast; and it would actually be good for you!!

Right now I’m just “talking the talk”, but please stay tuned, I will post an overnight pie recipe to do the “walking” part soon.

As mentioned earlier, I am lacking in the picture department, so I’ll list out what I ate and then post a few pics and recipes for pies I found online. Thanks yet again to Jenn at Peas and Crayons, I love What I Ate Wednesday’s!!

I actually made this Clean Eating Pumpkin Cheescake posted on The Gracious Pantry and highly suggest you try too. Obviously, I chose to use no crust and this dessert is simply wonderful chilled and topped with Greek yogurt.

For those who find it hard to stick to just one slice (me), make mini pies so you can have the whole thing and not feel bad! Here’s the recipe good for 8 mini pies you can keep all to yourself or share with everyone! I’m pretty sure I’ll have a few of these in my fridge soon! If you don’t have custard cups, I’m sure a greased or paper lined muffin tin would work as well. Then you could even make them a little smaller and have 12 mini desserts!!

I found this recipe just through a Google search and like it as a way to start; plus it’s less than 500 calories for the whole thing. I would not use any artificial sweetener like Splenda and go for Stevia instead. Also, instead of milk, I will use unsweetened almond milk and protein powder in place of flour. That’s the beauty of recipes….you can suit to your own desire!!

Another Gracious Pantry recipe must try is this Clean Eating Sweet Potato Pie. Yum! There’s a crust recipe posted too, but again, I’d leave it out although it sounds simply delicious! A big thanks to Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry for allowing me to post these tasty pictures on my site.  If you haven't before, check out her blog and social media pages for clean and tasty recipes!

So, have you or will you be making pies this season? Ever try going crustless? Besides saving in the calorie bank, I think no crust helps you enjoy more of the flavor filling anyway.

Please share any recipes you have as I really want to test a few out. And most importantly…

Happy WIAW, have a wonderful rest of the week!!
One more thing....it looks like another 4 years of Obama.  Are you : ) or : (
As a typical Texan, I'm more : ( about this one, but I also know the world won't end as a result.  So... : )


  1. My husband loves pumpkin pie, me not so much. I'm going to have to give that pumpkin cheesecake for him! Thanks for the info!

    1. I used to not like pumpkin pie, but realized it was b/c of the store bought stuff I had in the past. Homemade is worlds better in taste and health!

      Thank you for viewing, and please let me know how your husband likes the cheesecake if you make it for him!

  2. The thought of a no-crust pie hasn't ever crossed my mind....but it's a great idea! I actually don't LOVE love love the crust so much - I'm more about the filling!

    1. Yes, the filling has all of the good stuff! I hope you give it a try sometime and like it. One of the recipes on this post would be a great starter!! : )

      Have a great week into the weekend!

  3. All of my desserts normally end up things that no one else likes either! Its such a shame.

  4. Just like Lot-O-Choc said, when I make healthy desserts, I make them with the intention of eating them all by myself. If my dad happens to be daring that day or I want someone's opinion, he'll take a bite. But my family just have much weaker taste buds then me I guess :) I don't have to have super sugary or buttery things to be satisfied :)

    I love the idea of making personal crustless pies. I don't know if you ever look at Chocolate-Covered Katie's website, but she just posted a crustless pumpkin pie that I think you'd love! I was thinking about making it with rice milk, and brown rice protein powder for the flour. Other than that though, no adjustments needed! Here is the link if you want to check it out: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/11/08/crustless-pumpkin-pie/

  5. I need to try the sweet potato pie! :D Looks delicious! I havent made a pie this year.. yet. I want to make one for Thanksgiving though. :)

    1. You and me both! I think once I make one, a door will be opened and many more crustless pies will come! Thanks for visiting and please let me know if you give one of these a shot!

  6. I am not a pie person, but I do love a good pumpkin one around the holidays! these look splendid and delish! Crusts are so pilgrim, I would much rather a crustless!

    1. "Pilgrim"....I love that! And yes, crustless is use"less".

      I think one of these pies will help you like them more.....they help me!

  7. They look delicious! We don't eat enough pumpkin or sweet potato in the UK! :)

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