Gluten Free Peanut Butter Pie – A Pie for Mikey

by Deliciously Organic on August 12, 2011

Life is fleeting. I was reminded of this on Monday morning when I turned on my computer and read that Jennie Perillo had lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. Jennie and their two daughters were left behind.

As I thought about her throughout the day I was reminded of this verse, “As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him.” Psalm 103:15-16

Friends wrote Jennie asking how to help and she replied with this post. She asked us all to make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. “Then hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.” Today hundreds of bloggers have come together to support Jennie and remember Mikey.

I baked this pie with my daughters this morning. I kissed them a few extra times as I thought about how quick our lives come and go.

I hope and pray that Jennie and her daughters will find hope and peace in the midst of their loss.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Pie

Serving Size: Makes one 9-inch pie

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Pie


    For the crust:

  • 8 ounces chocolate cookies (I used my gluten free chocolate butter cookie recipe)

  • 2 ounces butter, melted

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided

  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • For the filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 cup maple sugar, ground fine in a coffee or spice grinder

  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons homemade sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Place the cookies in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add butter and pulse until crumbs are moist. Press crumbs into a 9-inch springform pan (you can also use a 9-inch pie plate). Bake for 10 minutes. As soon as you remove the crust from the oven sprinkle 4 ounces of chopped chocolate over crust. Let the chocolate sit for 3 minutes and then spread now melted chocolate over crust. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Pour heavy cream into a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a medium bowl and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Place the cream cheese and peanut butter into the now empty bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Slowly beat in the maple sugar and arrowroot. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling smooth.

Remove whipped cream from the refrigerator. Stir in 1/3 of the shipped cream into the filling mixture. Fold in the remaining whipped cream. Pour the filling into the prepared springform pan. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight before serving. Before serving, melt remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and drizzle over pie.

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Amanda August 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Beautiful post Carrie. You picked a fantastic verse too. :)


TidyMom August 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Beautiful pie and post Carrie


Brooke @ Food Woolf August 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Hugs and kisses to you and your family. I’m glad we all have been given another chance to see just how important all the little moments are. We really are just like the grass. We never know when our season will be complete. Love you and yours.


the urban baker August 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

beautiful, Carrie. I too, made a peanut butter pie and as I was making it I thought of you and how your ingredients would differ. Levi and I spent the day together today, and it was a love fest. Glad you got those additional hugs and kisses in today, with your two very, very special little girls!


Stephanie, the Recipe Renovator August 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Lovely post Carrie. It has been beautiful to see what people are writing today. As I wait for my hubs to come home, I remember how grateful I am to have him in my life. XOXO


Marla August 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Such a lovely pie and tribute to Jennie and her family….all this really makes me stop to be grateful for everything. Really does. xo


Lucy Lean August 13, 2011 at 12:39 am

So important to live each day fully with those we love – especially if there’s a pie like this for comfort.


Mari @ Mari's Cakes August 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

Very heart touching post. You have a great version of this pie. I will foward it to a friend I know will love it.


Wenderly August 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

Lovely pie Carrie.
Beautiful verse. So very true.
It’s such an honor to be a part of such a phenomenal group of people full of such love.

Can’t wait to show this pie to my sister who has recently been diagnosed with celiac. Thank you. :)


Katrina August 14, 2011 at 12:13 am

This pie is a great adaptation. Thanks for this!


Georgia Pellegrini August 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I’m so glad to know you and be part of this food blogging community with you!


Heather at Multiply Delicious August 15, 2011 at 3:57 am

Beautiful pie Carrie and the perfect verse.
Such a lovely post and tribute to Jennifer and her husband Mikey. My heart goes out to her and her family during this time. It really makes you stop and think….and to be grateful for those that are around you.


Adam McPherson August 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

My wife is a huge fan of anything peanut butter. Looks like I have found her a new recipe. :) Thank you so much for the terrific blog!


Darla @ Bakingdom August 16, 2011 at 6:00 am

I was in the air all day Friday, and out of touch with the Internet. It was such a beautiful thing to log on and catch up that night, and see so many heartfelt posts and stunning peanut butter pies for Mikey. Yours is beautiful, and I love that you’ve made a gluten free adaptation. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.


Kirsten @ Green Global Travel February 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

Chocolate and peanut butter go together so well. This looks so good!


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