P is for Peanut Butter

This no-bake dessert is a different take on a rich, classic dessert. In the classic recipe, the peanut butter is blended with cream cheese and powdered sugar. In this recipe, greek yogurt is used instead of cream cheese and it is sweetened with maple syrup. Greek yogurt contains lots of protein and other nutrients such as Calcium and Vitamin D.

This recipe is gluten-free as the crust is made with almonds (or any nut of your choice). There is also oat flour in the crust so be sure to use oats that are labeled gluten-free, for anyone with sensitivities or allergies.  Of course, you can always use a traditional pre-made pie crust as well.

Have fun with the toppings. You can customize it for any occasion.  See the notes for some suggested toppings.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice I’ve used walnuts and almonds, you can also use a mix
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ cup cocoa or cacoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup honey, or preferred sweetener
  • 2 tablespoons milk or plant milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 2 cups plain reek yogurt
  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup honey, or preferred sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

Crust

  • Grease your pie plate/pan
  • Add nuts to food processor and pulse until broken down into chunks.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients: oat flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk, and salt. Pulse until thoroughly combined.
  • Add this mixture to a pie plate/pan and press down and up the sides.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Filling

  • In a large bowl combine all the filling ingredients: greek yogurt, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  • Add this filling on top of the chilled pie crust and spread evenly.
  • Top with chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour, then enjoy.

Notes

If you don’t have oat flour, you can make this yourself by pulverizing some oats in your food processor or blender.
Buy a pre-made pie crust to skip this step all together.
Adjust the amount of sweetener to your taste. I found the amounts in this recipe to be a bit too much, but I prefer desserts that are not very sweet.
You can decorate the top with any chocolate, candy or topping of your choosing (think M&M’s, pretzels, peanut butter chips, whipped cream, graham crackers, pecans, etc.)

Guest blogger: Amber Lineweaver

Amber Lineweaver is a second year dietetics student living in West Central Florida. My favorite foods are: black cherry popsicles, Beyond Burgers and Impossible Burgers, fruit smoothies, and of course coffee. And yes, coffee is definitely a life-sustaining food. My hobbies include: working out, embroidery, and going to/watching baseball games. Go Rays! I’m interested in many areas of nutrition but have narrowed it down to a few categories: pediatrics, sports nutrition, retail dietetics, and research. I find human biochemical pathways fascinating and always want to explore them further.

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