Happy Pi Day! (and Non-Pie Pumpkin Pie)

Desserts and Sweets, Recipes

March 14th is a fun day of the year for me — it’s one of the few holidays that encourage the combination of geeking out AND cooking! You would think I’d bake a pi(e) today, but I thought I’d finally try making my own version of the crust-less parfait / mousse / pudding type pumpkin desserts I’ve only read about before today. I know, I know – pumpkin is usually an autumn flavor. However, I happened to have a can of pumpkin puree in our pantry, and I just love pumpkin pie! I also love Greek yogurt, so this is a perfect match:

What tastes like a pumpkin pie but doesn’t look or feel like a pumpkin pie? That delicious concoction!

Ingredients:

4 oz plain Greek yogurt (I used a honey flavored one)

4 oz canned pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

(or 1/2 to 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, if you have it)

3.14 tsp sugar (haha just kidding. Start with 1 tsp of your favorite sweetener and add to taste. I used agave.)

This will probably be one of the easiest recipes we post. Grab a small bowl. Toss everything in. Stir it up. Sweeten or adjust to your personal taste.

In this dessert, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts! (Yes, more math references for Pi Day.)

And voila – a pumpkin pie yogurt parfait mousse.. thing. I’ve yet to come up with a good name for this.You could also prepare this in advance and chill it in the refrigerator. I wish I had the patience or foresight for that.

Whatever you call it, this is a great way to be festive for Pi Day (or, I suppose, Thanksgiving and other more traditional pie-eating holidays) while enjoying a healthy dessert. Pumpkins are full of Vitamin A, potassium, fiber, beta carotene (you can tell as it shares the same lovely orange color as carrots), and so much more. Greatist even refers to pumpkin as a superfood! So eat up and enjoy while reciting pi as far as you can… I’ll start: 3.1415926…

Happy π day 2012!

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