Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bake Away the Winter Blahs

Are you suffering from the winter blahs?  Snow storms, cold weather, and a lack of sunshine can take away quick smiles and replace them with a frown.  Sometimes an hour in the kitchen, making something you've never tried before, can help you find comfort and joy.  How about trying one of our favorite family recipes?  Here it is:

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (or regular)
1 Tbsp. oil
4 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 package Mori-Nu Lite Extra Firm tofu, pureed
8 oz. tofu cream cheese
2/3 cup granulated Sucanat
1/2 cup peanut butter, natural, crunchy
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. clover honey (or agave syrup)
1/4 cup fat-free chocolate syrup (reserve for topping; may substitute 3 Tbsp. carob chips melted in warm oven)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 9" or 10" round pie pan with cooking spray. Mix graham crackers, oil, and maple syrup together and press into the prepared pie pan. Place remaining ingredients (except chocolate syrup) in a food processor, puree until smooth, and pour into the crust. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes and then refrigerate overnight or 5 - 6 hours before serving.  Drizzle pie with chocolate syrup just before serving.

Serves: 8 - 10


  1. love the recipes you share, and even more, love those wonderful pics you choose!
    Thanks for the morning treats!
    Joanne at Seasonal Hearth

  2. Yummmmmm. That sounds amazing! I may just have to give it a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing - but please don't share this stuff too often or we'll be huge by the end of the winter. Eek! lol

  3. I'm referring back to Blueberry Scones. ;>

    My niece is the peanut butter pie person and I don't fiddle with her domain.

  4. I have got to try this!

    One of our favorite pies I used to make all the time (and don't know why I haven't lately) combines two pkgs. of the tofu with one pkg. melted chocolate chips, poured into a pie crust.

    I also used the same mixture in parfait glasses before.

  5. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Hi La Donna,
    Sounds yummy.
    Have a wonderful day.

  6. Baking is fun...I also recommend putting on a wonderful vintage hat and going out for tea with friends who are likewise behatted.

    There is a reason why there are so many comics about women buying a new hat when they need to be cheered up!

  7. I never tryed that. Something with peanut butter we don't do much cook with that in the netherlands. I'm going to give it a try :-)


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