Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Dessert, Pies and Tarts | 18 comments

A few days ago a quick visit to Twitter left me staring at some shocking news. Food blogger Jennifer Perillo’s husband had passed away due to a sudden, unexpected heart attack. I don’t know Jennifer well, but those words broke my heart.

Bombarded with email messages and offers of help, Jennifer sent out a simple request “For Mikey.” What did she want us to do? To make her husband Mikey’s favorite Peanut Butter Pie recipe and share it with someone we love.

Jennifer’s post about this pie took me back to my childhood. While on a business trip to New Orleans, my dad found a Peanut Butter Pie recipe in the newspaper. The recipe was clipped and brought home.

new orleans peanut butter pie

For years we enjoyed this pie as a family. That is, until Logan was diagnosed with a severe, life-threatening peanut allergy. I haven’t had the pie in at least 6 1/2 years.

For quite sometime I’ve been meaning to use my favorite Barney Butter Peanut-Free Almond Butter to make a peanut-free version of this pie that would be safe for Logan to enjoy.

I’m ashamed that it took Jennifer’s tragedy and request for me to finally complete this task I’ve had in the back of my mind for so many years. So here it is. Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Pie.

Just a tad different from the one I grew up with with a crust made of chocolate cookies rather than vanilla wafers and almond butter instead of peanut butter, but still just as good and just as worthy of sharing with someone you love.

peanut free peanut butter pie recipe

So on this last day of summer I’ll be sharing this pie I love with the family I love. And even though the kids have been making me crazy for the last week, I’ll cherish every moment that I’m able to spend with them.

Because I’m here. Alive. And a day with kids fighting in a house full of mess is better than any day that I’m not able to be with them.

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Find more Peanut Butter Pie recipes on the Facebook page  “Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey Friday.”

Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Pie

adapted from In Jennie's Kitchen
serves 10-12

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8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut-free Almond Butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Garnish: whipped cream and mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings


Process the cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs are formed. Combine the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and stir well. Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. (I used 4 4 mini springform pans and divided the crumbs evenly).

Melt the chocolate in the microwave - 30 seconds at a time at 50% power, stirring in between each 30 seconds. Spread on the bottom of the cookie crust using a spatula. Set the pan aside in the refrigerator.

Beat the heavy cream using a stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside in a bowl in the refrigerator. Add the cream cheese and almond butter in the stand mixer bowl. Beat on medium until combined and fluffy. Reduce to low and gradually add the powdered sugar, 1/3 cup at a time. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and lemon.

Beat the mixture on medium, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed, until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth.

Stir half of the whipped cream into the mixture. Then fold the remaining whipped cream in. Add the filling to the prepared pan(s). Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Just before serving top with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips for garnish. Serve immediately.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Shaina - August 12, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    All I can think about is Jennie this week. Your pies look gorgeous, Katie. xo


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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - August 12, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    They’re beautiful, Katie, and so is the post. Give those babies an extra hug from me.


  • 3
    Noelle - August 12, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    What a wonderful post. So sad to hear the news. Life is short and we can never know what can happen.


  • 4
    TidyMom - August 12, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    This week has left us all shocked hasn’t it?….beautiful post and beautiful pie Katie!


  • 5
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts - August 12, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    What a wonderful post! I didn’t know about Jennifer or her blog before this morning. My heart breaks for her and her family. Can’t even imagine what they could be going through. I love that the this community is so supportive!


  • 6
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - August 12, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Tearing up. What a week it’s been. Thanks for participating, Katie. Your pie is stunning.


  • 7
    JulieD - August 12, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Your pie is so beautiful, Katie. Hugs go out to Jennie and her girls.


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    Flavia - August 12, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Katie, what a beautiful post. Your pie is gorgeous and sounds wonderful. I’ve never tried almond butter before, but almonds are one of my favorite nuts, so I’m sure I’d love almond butter. I’m so happy that I am a part of the food blogging community with you!


  • 9
    kathy - August 12, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    super lovely Katie! pie and post :)


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    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - August 12, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    I love that you were able to reconnect with this old recipe through Jennie’s request – it’s yet another beautiful example of how we should be celebrating everything and everyone that makes our lives special.


  • 11
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - August 12, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    Lovely post, Katie! I’m in awe of the food blogging community today.


  • 12
    BarefeetInTheKitchen - August 12, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    My boys and I made a pie this morning as well. Praying peace and comfort for Jennie and her family.


  • 13
    Tracy - August 12, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    The pies are beautiful, and I love that they are peanut-butter free since I’m allergic as well. Sending so many hugs to Jennie and her girls.


  • 14
    Katy | Alphabet Soup - August 12, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    Okay, your message in bold at the bottom of your post sent me to tears. Again. Beautiful pies, beautiful post, beautiful message. Thank you for sharing.


  • 15
    myFudo - August 13, 2011 @ 3:50 am

    your pie looks wonderful. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll try it out. Great photos


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    Nancy @SensitivePantry - August 13, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    Beautiful pie, Katie. Just floored by the outpouring of love for Jennie & her girls during this difficult time. It shows the world can be caring and loving.


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    Jillian_R - August 15, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    Very nice sentiments. Nicely written.


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - August 15, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Your peanut-free pie looks wonderful, Katie! It’s so amazing reading all of the peanut butter pie posts… Even a few days after the fact, it’s still so powerful!


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