Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day

It's Pi Day today... And I was up at 5:30 baking a pie for Chip's math class. (Chocolate chip cookie pie -- one of his favorites). Since there are two other math geeks in the house, (definitely not me), I decided to make a second pie for the occasion -- a crustless sweet potato pie. (Yes, paleo.)

This is actually great as a pre or post-workout snack, as it's mainly eggs (protein) and sweet potato (nutrient dense carbs).

Paleo Sweet Potato Pie
  • Sweet potatoes (1 lb or about 1 cup mashed)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Bake the sweet potatoes until soft (for about an hour). Baking will bring out some of the sweetness in the potato. (Today I tossed 2 in the oven while Chip's pie baked.) Cool, peel, and mash the sweet potato. Blend in eggs, milk, and coconut oil until smooth, add cinnamon and maple syrup. (Add the maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter pie.) Pour into a pie plate lightly sprayed with cooking oil, (we use coconut oil), and bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes or until center is set firm and top is lightly brown.

Obviously this is just a custard-like filling. For a more traditional pie, you can pour the filling into a pie crust. I like the pie crust recipe from Elana's pantry.)