Easy as Pi

March 14 (3.14) is Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (π) — also known as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, or 3.14159265359.

For those of us who aren’t math wizards, it’s mainly just an excuse to eat lots of pie… and that’s where I come in! I’m sharing three pie recipes that are a little bit gentler on the blood sugar than ordinary treats. Even better, as single-serving mini pies, they’re already portioned and carb-counted for you. No slicing or fractions required. Because even on a day devoted to a math concept, it’s nice to not have to calculate your own carbs.

Pear-in-the-Apple Pie

Pear-in-the-Apple Pie

This little pie is the turducken of fruit — juicy chunks of pear stuffed inside an apple. Not only does this make for a super-fun presentation, but it also reduces the saturated fat and refined carbs by replacing the majority of the crust with whole fruit.

No-Bake Mini Banana Cream Pies

No-Bake Mini Banana Cream Pies

While these tasty morsels aren’t overloaded with carbohydrates, sometimes the more important factor in a treat for our family is to be able to accurately count the carbohydrates so that our bolus can be as accurate as possible. The bite-size servings and use of labeled ingredients for these little babies help a lot on that front. They’re also so delectable that you’d never imagine how quickly they come together.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

This savory pie is another fun option that balances out its flaky, carb-y crust with a more nutritious protein and veggie filling. The fact that they’re prepared in individual carb-counted portions is just icing on the cake pie.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.