How to Celebrate Pi Day with your Pup
Next week, on March 14th, we get to celebrate Pi Day, and we’ve calculated tasty ways to celebrate with your pup. This recipe is adapted from Gone to the Snow Dogs’ DIY Apple Pie for Dogs recipe, and we’ve provided a variety of different fillings you can use. These options have minimal ingredients and are bound to make your pup want to celebrate Pi Day every year.
You can make these pies in small pie pans and cut slices for your pups, or try using tiny tins, about 2-3” to make individual pies! Hint: cupcake pans work nicely for the size but need to be well-greased to make sure your pies pop right out. Alternatively, silicone cupcake liners also work well.
- Pie tins or cupcake/muffin pan
- Rolling pin
- Extra flour to coat rolling pin
- Dough knife
- Small bowl
- ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 2 ¾ cups wheat flour
For the pie crust, mix all pie crust ingredients together until you have a good dough that is not too sticky. If it’s too sticky, add a tbs more flour until you get the right consistency. Roll out your dough with your rolling pin to about ¼” and then cut to fit into your tins. Remember, you want the dough to go up the sides of your pie tin to create a nice bowl for the filling. Use your thumb to press the dough up the sides of your tin and to smooth.
Apple Pie Filling:
- 3 cups of peeled and sliced up apples (make sure to remove all stems and seeds)
- 2/3 cup of apple juice (plain, unsweetened)
- 1 tbs of cornstarch
- ½ tbs of ground cinnamon
Put together the filling by putting the apples and 2 tbs of apple juice in a saucepan and cooking at a low heat until softened. Take the cornstarch, cinnamon, and leftover apple juice and whisk together in a small bowl until well combined, then pour into your softened apples and let cook another 10 minutes to thicken. Allow to cool, then put small scoops into your pie crusts. You may choose to simply have open-face pies, or you can cut the leftover dough and make a lattice pattern on top of the pie.
Bake your pies at 350 degrees for 25-45 minutes (start on the low end with small pies to make sure they don’t burn!). You want the tops to turn slightly brown.
Allow to cool before serving up to your pups.
Alternative Pie Fillings:
- Peanut Butter Banana Pie
- 1 ½ ripe bananas
- ¾ cup peanut butter (look for a brand that is simply peanuts with no added sugars or sugar alternatives)
Bake your pie crust first following the instructions above (350 degrees for 25-45 minutes until browned). Allow to cool before adding your filling. For this filling, mash the banana with a fork, add the peanut butter, and mix well. Scoop into your pie crusts and freeze for one hour before serving to your pup!
- Pumpkin Pie
- 16 oz can of pure pumpkin (just pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling which has other ingredients including sugar)
- ½ ripe banana
- 1/3 cup low or nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
Bake your pie crust first following the instructions above (350 degrees for 25-45 minutes until browned). Allow to cool before adding your filling. For this filling, mash the banana with a fork, then add the can of pumpkin and the Greek yogurt. Mix together until well-combined and then scoop into your pie crusts. Freeze for one hour before serving to your pup!
- Blueberry Pie
- 2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- ½ tbs honey
- 1 tbs corn starch
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Prepare your crust first, but don’t bake just yet as you’ll bake this one with the filling (just like the apple pie option). For this filling, add your blueberries and honey to a small saucepan over medium-low heat on the stove. As the berries start to breakdown, add your corn start and cinnamon. Remove from the heat and spoon into your pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-45 minutes (lower end for mini pies) until browned. Allow to cool before serving to your pup!