If you grew up in the 1970s you probably remember the flood of “impossible” pie recipes that started with one published by Bisquick and that cascaded into impossible-everything variations on the theme. The basic idea is that you toss some ingredients into a blender, pour it into a pie tin, and then you bake yourself a pie. Impossibly. What you would end up with was something like a custard pie without a crust (they claim to form a crust, but I never thought the end product really qualified). There is a new iteration of this floating around called “Magic” (cakes, pies) that uses the same basic premise. This was easy to adapt to a grain-free version, and what you end up with is sort of like if a flan and a pie fell in love and had a baby. I went with “Improbable” because that’s just how I am. If you celebrate Pi Day on March 14th (and you really should) this is a great option.
This produces a moist, custard-like dessert with a slightly-crispy toasted coconut topping. If you have leftovers the texture will change after a couple of days–as Harrison noted, “the great thing about this pie is that as it ages it turns into brownies.”
- 1 can full-fat, organic coconut milk (14 ounces)
- 1½ cup flaked, unsweetened coconut
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup arrowroot powder
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
- ⅔ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until fairly smooth--you will probably have to scrape down the sides once or twice.
- Pour into an oiled, ten-inch pie plate. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the center feels set. The pie will rise as it bakes and will deflate as it cools.
Pi Day is probably my favorite geek holiday, and pie is Harrison’s number one favorite food group, so I will likely be making this again on Friday. For the non-geeks out there, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th because pi is 3.141592 (etc.) Ideally one should start consuming pie at 1:59 this Friday. Did you know there is also an unofficial Square Root day? That’s one I usually skip.
Happy Pi Day,