Every March 14th, we celebrate Pi Day, a clever little holiday born of a love for π, a Greek letter used in mathematics to represent a constant or the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The first three symbols of pi are 3.14, but it goes on forever, and dedicated mathematics have figured out over one trillion numbers in pi beyond the decimal point. Amazing, right?
If you’re not into mathematics, though, there’s another reason to celebrate Pi Day. Can you guess it? We’ll just tell you — pie! Mathematicians must love pies, because you know how the formula goes: cherry pies are delicious (circumference =πd) and apple pies are, too (area = πr²). Here at One Green Planet, we couldn’t agree more, but we also love pies of all kinds.
So, let’s celebrate Pi Day 2017 with dessert pies of all kind — creamy, raw, fruity, chocolatey, and more.
If you’re craving a decadent dessert look no further than this Chocolate Almond Butter Pie. This pie is incredibly simple and requires no baking so it can be ready in a few minutes. It’s creamy and somewhat fluffy texture make this pie exceptionally delicious.
This Raw Purple Sweet Potato Pie exudes happiness and makes us smile just looking at it – and taking a bite is even better. The purple sweet potatoes give this pie its unique coloring and provide a creamy base for the dessert. This pie is a show stopper, so get ready for some compliments.
This silky smooth Lemon Raspberry Key Lime Pie is a gorgeous dairy-free dessert made from just six whole food ingredients. The grain-free crust is made from cashews and dates while the soy-free filling is made from cashews and creamy avocado with lemon and lime juice mixed in. With just two easy steps, this no-bake pie is ready in no time with its sweet, citrusy flavors and creamy texture.
You know you’ve got a great pie recipe when each component of the pie is delicious in its own right, like this Date Caramel Banana Pie. Decadent date caramel that instantly makes anything better? Check. Sticky-sweet caramelized bananas and whipped banana cream? Check. Cookie crust? Check! These different layers are a cinch to make and once you’ve arranged them, you simply have to pop this pie in the fridge and wait ever so patiently for your pie to set. Trust us, the results are worth the wait!
This light, airy Chocolate Lime Mousse Pie is a must-make The crust is a gluten-free chocolate press-in crust made with brown rice and almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with maple syrup. The filling is where things start to get different, in a good way. The base is full-fat coconut milk, flavored with lime zest, pink salt, and more maple syrup, and boiled with agar agar. If you haven’t used agar agar before, it’s the ocean’s answer to gelatin. The result is a creamy, citrusy summer pie.
This No-Bake Stracciatella Cream Pie is inspired by the decadent Italian gelato of the same name. It’s elegant and creamy with just the right distribution of crunchy dark chocolate chunks. Would you believe that it’s easy to make and also made from only six ingredients?
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This Chocolate and Strawberry Mousse Pie will blow you away. The gluten-free chocolate graham cracker crust is pretty amazing — it’s chewy and has just the right amount of sweetness and salt. It’s topped with a light, airy chocolate mousse infused with Grand Mariner — perfection!
These Blueberry and Basil Mini Pies make a great breakfast, brunch, and are also a delicious afternoon pick-me-up. They’re sweet, but not too sweet thanks to fresh basil and they’re perfectly portioned so you always have just the right amount of pie. These mini pies are so easy to make, they’ll become your new go-to for anytime you need to bring something along to parties and potlucks.
When life hands you lemons, you might as well make Lemon Blackberry Pie. This one is set atop a sweet, crunchy crust made of buckwheat, coconut, and dates. The tart, subtly sweet lemon filling is made with both juice and zest, and studded with juicy blackberries. It’s topped with a fluffy, coconut cream topping.
The sweet flavor of coconut along with earthy matcha in this Raw Matcha Coconut Cream Pie is simply heavenly! This pie is pretty simple to make. A classic raw pie crust, filled with a matcha-laced coconut cream and large flaked coconut like a classic coconut cream pie, topped off with more coconut cream. You’ll want to make this again and again.
Did you ever realize that lemon pairs pretty amazingly to bananas? Yes, the zesty lemon flavor takes a banana cream pie to the next level. So, come on board with this delicious Lemon Banana Cashew Cream Pie! It’s a real stunner: easy, creamy, drool-worthy, remarkable, lemony, refreshing, addictive, fresh, and so delicious. With just six ingredients and in three easy steps. you can make this dream come true.
There’s nothing much different about this Blueberry Pie filling – nearly everyone uses blueberries, sugar, lemon, and a thickener, and there’s no reason to change that. What is different is the crust. It’s tender with a nice crunch on the edges and is super-flavorful. So people will never believe there’s no butter, shortening, or lard in it. A classic, made better!
Peanut butter is one of those things that is good with just about anything. You can dip fruit in it, put it on veggies, use it in cookies, eat it plain … the list goes on and on. In this recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cream Pie, peanut butter is combined with coconut cream to create a velvety mixture that is then topped with a generous pour of chocolate and eventually frozen into pie form. Easy, pretty, and each bite tastes like a peanut butter cup – this pie is a winner!
The crust for this Strawberry Pie is made entirely with vegan butter and as you can see it is very flaky and quite beautiful. Use any butter substitute you can find that has a butter-like consistency. A pinch of cardamom goes beautifully with the tart-sweetness of strawberries and it rounds out the flavor of this pie really nicely without being too heavy. This is a fun crust to make and you can even customize it to your favorite shapes or for the seasons or, if you have kids, you can cut it into their favorite animal shapes. If you’d rather not, just roll out the dough, place it over the strawberries and crimp the edges. Remember to cut some slits in the upper crust before you bake it.
Canned coconut milk pie is cheap and easy. This Easy Blueberry Cream Pie is super-easy to make and there’s very little clean-up involved. The pie itself is not crazy sweet so you might want to add more agave to the coconut milk and more pie filling on top as garnish. Also, this recipe is perfect for cooling you down during the summer. Make it for dinner parties, BBQs, or whenever.
It’s never a bad time for pie. For more ideas and inspiration, check out our vegan pie recipes page.
Lead image source: Lemon Banana Cashew Cream Pie