Friday, July 14, 2017

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

If you follow me on Instagram or are a frequent reader of my blog, you may have noticed that I took a bit of a break from posting over the last week or two. Sometimes we all need to give ourselves a break from social media, and I especially needed a little breather as I readjusted my routine to a new job this month. I'll be talking more about this change in another post, but for now I will say that the change I made was partially driven by my desire to immerse myself in a healthier lifestyle.

Over the last few weeks I have been so proud of how healthy, balanced and active I have been without going overboard or making any extreme changes. As someone who experimented with various diets throughout my early twenties, I've learned that the best way to stay fit or shed a few pounds is to simply eat clean and in moderation. For myself, I know I will never be able to give up sweets or carbs completely, so instead of running from these things, I choose to incorporate them into my diet in the healthiest ways that I can.

When I discovered this Peanut Butter Banana Pie on Julianne Hough's blog, I knew that I had to give it a shot. This no-bake pie is gluten free, vegan and free of refined sugar. If there's one thing I love, it's a guilt-free indulgence, and this pie is exactly that. Because of how easy it is to make, and how delicious it is, it is quickly becoming one of my favourite go-to dessert recipes. I've already made it twice this month!

It is packed with nuts, bananas, and only has two tablespoons of sweetener (I used agave) in the entire pie! The chocolate chips on top give it that extra juice, but if you want to make it even healthier you can omit them and it will still taste delicious.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
(original recipe from

Crust Ingredients:
• 1 cup walnuts or pecans
• 1 cup cashews
• 2 tbsp agave, honey or maple syrup
• 3 – 4 tbsp almond, rice or soy milk
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp salt

Filling Ingredients:
• 1 cup organic peanut butter, unsalted (if using salted omit salt)
• 3 medium bananas, ripe (yellow)
• 3 tbsp almond, rice or soy milk
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, mini or regular (optional)

Directions: To make the crust, add Crust Ingredients to a food processor and process until a ball of dough forms, stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl. Start with a few tablespoons of almond milk and add more if necessary to bring to a desired consistency. Be careful not to over process the crust into a nut butter. Transfer the dough to a 9″ pie dish and flatten on the bottom and sides with your hands to make a pie shell. You can make a pretty rim using the fork.

Give food processor a rinse, wipe with a towel and add Filling Ingredients. Process until smooth, pausing and scraping the sides of the bowl. Pour filling into the prepared crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (optional), cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3-4 hours or until frozen. Thaw on a counter for about 30 minutes before slicing and serve.

What is your favourite guilt-free dessert? Comment below with your answers - I am always looking for new recipe ideas and love discovering new ways to experiment with clean, healthy ingredients!

With love,


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