Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just Can't Get Enough...

of delicious National xx Days...just when I thought it couldn't get any better than a surprise National Pie Day, I found out it was followed up by National Peanut Butter Day today!!! That's right, Monday = pie, Tuesday = pb, this week = amazingness!

Well not total amazingness, as I started my day today by locking myself out of the apartment, I drive to work people - kind of tough when your car key is attached to your house key, and both of those are sitting on the kitchen table, while you are outside in the cold on the other side of the big, locked, intimidating door - who does that?!  I wish I could say this was a one time fluke, but alas, this happened back in the fall as well - I am just slightly absentminded when I leave the house in the morning (which is why I usually pack my gym bag and work bag - with a bonus if I actually put my keys in one of those - the night before).  Among making bfast (which did in fact include a hefty scoop of peanut butter!), putting away some dishes from the drying rack and putting my pie, made in honor of National Pie Day last night, in a safe carrying bag - I forget to grab the keys on my way out the door...innocent mistake, yes....stressful/unexpected/not really needed morning, yes.  I had to take a bus, to the red T, to the orange T, to the blue T to get my roommates key from her, (following?) then in order to avoid that again, I walked the 0.67 miles or so to the red T and then took a bus home - oh, and then I got in the house, grabbed my keys and headed out (in my car) to work - seriously?!

Anywho....onto happier thoughts....like...

How did I celebrate National Pie Day?! Well I had a challenge thrown into my pie baking, because there is no Tripp home this week to eat the leftovers (and although I like pie, I don't think my stomach enjoys an entire one in there in only a day or two) I decided to bake something for a running/dinner/TV show watching date I have tonight - only one caveat - the host, my friend Jessie is on a "no baked goods" challenge for the month of January, and if she makes it another 8 days or so, she gets to buy herself a soda-stream.  Because I don't want to be the one to crush her hopes and dreams, I concocted a "pie" that is all natural, vegan, high protein and "no bake" that I believe fits the bill.  Please let me know if you don't think this would pass - and you can't go by looks alone, because it definitely doesn't look all natural, vegan, and healthy!

I give you my Nutty Crusted Fruit Pie Tart, inspired by a few different recipes over at Vegetarian.about.com

Not exactly the most gorgeous fruit tart pie I have ever seen, but from the tasters I snagged, it is pretty tasty!
"Crust" Ingredients:

  • dates
  • walnuts
  • slivered almonds
  • vanilla whey protein powder
Filling Ingredients:
  • fresh blueberries, strawberries, kiwi
  • fresh pineapple
  • DOLE pineapple juice
  • corn starch

There are no added sugars (just whatever occurs naturally in the fruit and w/e is in the pineapple juice) and there was no baking involved (just heating up of pineapple, juice and cornstarch and refrigeration of pie to solidify the crust and "glaze")

So what do you think, does it fit the "no baked goods" bill and is OK to serve tonight?

I am a little anxious to see how it actually cuts and serves to be honest! The crust is a little sticky/wet, but usually holds up pretty well as long as it has been in a fridge and is cold.
Did you, or are you going to, enjoy some PB today? There are some huge benefits to PB, especially for athletes, Run w/ Jess has a great post all about it, including a smoothie recipe!


  1. I think that looks marvelous and it isnt a baked good so it should pass just fine :) and i already grabbed a spoon of PB when I read the first paragraph and came back to read the rest ;) haha

    1. haha you are the best! Love it!! I hope she likes it :)

  2. oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING. thank you for indulging my no baked goods month of january. i promise to share in the delight that is my soda stream!

  3. YES! that definitely fits and looks SO delicious!!!! what a fantastic and yummy idea! and national pb day!?! omg. i better get on my pb eatin!

    1. Ahh thanks!! Yeah I got really excited that it was National PB Day today!

  4. This post made me so happy. Seriously National Peanut butter day? Wow that is so awesome that there is such a thing and that I don't only pretend every day is peanut butter day. ;)

    The pie seriously looks amazing!!! I totally want some...Yum!

    1. Everyday should be PB day!! I think I include it almost every day in some way, shape or form. It was super easy to make!! Just odd putting it together (I am one to experiment in the kitchen, but I don't do a lot of vegan/raw type dishes!)

  5. did you say no bake? WOW! Hand me the whip cream please. Looks great!

    1. Thanks!! it was so good, but doesn't last very long - the date/nut crust mixed with the pineapple "glaze" get's really syrupy in the fridge after 2 days! Guess I will just have to make sure I eat it quicker next time!


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