A world without pie is not a world I would want to live in. Pie just makes the perfect dessert, because you can literally make any kind of pie. Fruit pies, creamy pies, chocolate pie, the possibilities are endless. Especially during the holidays, namely Thanksgiving, following up your meal with a good pie is mandatory. The dinner is great and all, but you’re only suffering through hours of your family’s company for the pie, and that’s ok, because they are doing the same thing.
Dessert tends to be one of the areas where things start to get tricky if you have any dietary restrictions, because they rely a lot on sugar, butter and eggs. In order to help out our Paleo friends this holiday season, we’ve gotten together some of our favorite paleo pie recipes. You’re welcome.
1. Easy Homemade Vegan and Paleo Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe (via The Real Food Guide)
I think there is an unwritten rule somewhere that says you must have at least one pumpkin pie present at any Thanksgiving feast. This recipe is great because by splitting the delciousness into mini pies, nobody has to fight over the filling or pick at the crust, everyone gets their own. Not only are these pies paleo, they are also vegan and gluten free, so pretty much everyone can eat these.
2. Grain Free Apple Pie (Deliciously Organic)
Thanksgiving is a true American holiday, so it makes sense that there is usually an apple pie sitting next to the pumpkin. This apple pie falls in the crumble top category, which I prefer because it is nice to be able to get flaky crust, warm apples and a crunchy sweet crumble all in one bite. It is also way easier to top a pie with crumble than to deal with another piece of crust.
3. Paleo Peanut Butter Pie (via Meatified)
This pie is actually a liar, because there is not a drop of peanut butter needed. Instead, the filling is made with tahini, which is what tricks the mind into thinking you are eating peanut butter. The touch of the raspberry swirl on top makes the pie beautiful and creates that yummy PB&J taste.
4. Kelly Brozyna’s Chocolate Pie and Raw Graham Cracker Crust (via Nom Nom Paleo)
This one goes out to all the chocoholics. This recipe is simple and decadent, and is described as having the texture of a giant chocolate truffle. I can’t think of anything better than that.
5. Honey Pistachio Cheesecake with Fig Jam (via Rubies and Radishes)
Yes, cheesecake is not pie, however, it is a dessert that includes a crust and a filling, so it is really just pie’s creamier cousin. The delicious fig topping just makes the cheesecake so beautiful and festive looking that I figured I could make an exception. The original recipe is not dairy-free, but there are instructions given for a dairy-free option.
6. Strawberry and Rhubarb Mini Pies (via PaleOMG)
These little guys are like a cross between pie and cupcakes, but whatever they are, they are fruity and delicious. Strawberry rhubarb is another classic pie flavor, and these ones come on a delicious walnut and coconut crust. These nutty paleo pie crust recipes could blow regular pie crust out of the water.
7. Key Lime Pie (via Run Hard Eat Clean)
I’m a real sucker for key lime pie. Especially after a heavy meal, it is nice to follow up with a tart, sweet and citrusy dessert. The avocado is pretty prominent in the filling though, so if you don’t like avocados, this pie might not be for you.
8. Winter Banana-Strawberry Paleo Pie (via Fast Paleo)
This pie is great because it combines the fruity flavors of a fruit pie with the creamy texture those don’t usually have. This would probably make a nice alternative to a banana cream pie, especially if you like bananas, but want to balance their flavor with something else, which strawberries are perfect for.
9. Paleo Boston Cream Pie (via Fat Burning Man)
Is Boston Cream Pie even pie? I think it is technically a cake, but if it has “pie” in the title then it’s fair game. Just look at that picture. That pie cake thing looks magical, like one bite would melt your troubles away, just like that melty gooey chocolate on top.
10. Paleo Coconut Cream Pie (via Paleo Spirit)
A lot of these paleo recipes use coconut flour, oil, etc. in order to create the right texture for the pie, but after seeing so much coconut, I decided this list needs something that actually tastes like coconut in the end.