This mini vegan cream pie is sweetened with cherries and Cheerwine. A bright way to celebrate Pi day.
Yes, Cheerwine is one of these “accidentally vegan” foods, like Sour Patch Kids and Oreos and Maple Bacon Kettle Chips.
The kind of food that you only eat if starving on a road trip, or it’s cheat day, or if you’re a college student who’s been um….studying herbology all night. For the record, I couldn’t stand herbology. It was a personal choice, no judgement please.
And I don’t usually like junk food either, but there are exceptions. I like fritos scoops a lot and I keep them in the house at least twice a month. Does this make me a bad vegan?
I also like Cheerwine a lot, but since it’s a scarce resource up here in Ohio, I only have it as a treat after a long, hard run. And sometimes not even then.
I’ve been hoarding Cheerwine in the back of an under-counter shelf, a place where only the cat ever ventures. But pi day is only once year, so I allowed myself to use one of my stashed bottles
This pie is as easy as um….you know.
As I mentioned in a post last week, I’m a total crust fiend. This crust was so so good. Lightly salty, which of course went wonderful with the sweet pie filling.
For the filling, I boiled down a bottle of Cheerwine to sap and mixed it with some common vegan cream pie ingredients. Boiling down the Cheerwine amplifies the flavor and reduces the risk of ice crystals forming in the pie.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else makes for pi day. I know it’s not till tomorrow, but I don’t post on Tuesdays. Besides, Mondays kinda need pie, wouldn’t you agree?
Depite all evidence to the contrary, this post was not sponsored by Cheerwine. I just really love the stuff.
If you are able, use Cheerwine from a glass bottle, as that is the only kind that contains pure cane sugar. This will work best while boiling down. I have not tested this recipe with plastic bottle Cheerwine and cannot guarantee results.
Be sure to use a greenish banana, as that will allow for creaminess without imparting any banana taste.
recommended - allow the pie to thaw for about 5 minutes before eating. Or, if you can't wait that long, nuke it for about 30 seconds to minute to soften.
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1 1/2 tbsp earth balance or coconut butter
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries, lightly thawed
- 3/4 cup coconut milkfat
- 1 small greenish banana
- 1 12 oz glass bottle of cheerwine
- pour the Cheerwine into a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Allow the Cheerwine to boil down to about 1/2 cup -- this will take about 20 minutes.
- While the Cheerwine is reducing, combine all the crust ingredients in a blender until you get a thick paste. Line a small pie pan (6") with parchment and press the crust onto the bottom + sides of the pan.
- Combine all filling ingredients, including the reduced Cheerwine. Spoon over the crust. Freeze till solid.