Never in a million years did I think I would be able to walk into a store and simply buy a dairy-free pie. But there they were … boxes upon boxes of frozen apple, cherry, and even dairy-free pumpkin pies from Wholly Wholesome at Whole Foods.
Sure, there are some apple pies that appear from time to time at my local grocer sans milk, butter, and even eggs … but those certainly aren’t pies I feel comfortable purchasing. The ingredient lists are a mile long and read more like a lab experiment than a home-baked pie. However, the pies I spied at Whole Foods had simple all natural ingredient lists.
I first heard of Wholly Wholesome Frozen Pies a few years ago. Their products peaked my interest for their organic and whole grain goodness, but in all honesty, I was a bit timid … would whole wheat pies fly with my white flour-loving husband? Would they be good enough to bring to a friend’s house for the holidays? Well this holiday season we decided to give it a test. Every year I bake my own pumpkin pie, but this year we were going to be skiing all day and then heading straight to friends for a casual Thanksgiving. There wasn’t going to be time for baking and properly transporting a fresh pie, so into our day pack went an Apple Pie from Wholly Wholesome (they stayed frozen in the car – it was only 25ºF after all!) …
The Apple pie was quite easy to prepare – keep frozen until ready to bake. After the main event was finished, we popped it in the oven. Silly me didn’t read the instructions completely, which recommended an egg or water wash to help with browning, so our apple pie did not brown at all. Not one little bit in fact. It looked exactly the same baked as unbaked. Fortunately, this didn’t effect the taste.
Everyone liked the Apple Pie, which definitely held its own without ice cream, as it was quite sweet! The crust had a whole grain taste and texture, but this seemed to work. When I asked if our guests would like to keep the leftovers, they jumped at the chance.
We also trialed their dairy-free pumpkin pie a few years ago, but it wasn’t well-liked by our gang at all. Fortunately, Wholly Wholesome has reformulated that flavor, and Sarah’s family sampled it this year to give us an update …
Sarah Hatfield ~ My family and I recently had the chance to try Wholly Wholesome’s “new and improved” pumpkin pie, and we were pleasantly surprised. All of the prior flavor and texture issues have been resolved, leaving a not-too-sweet, not-too-soft, perfectly-seasoned pumpkin pie. While we usually bake our own pumpkin pie, we enjoyed the Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie from Wholly Wholesome very much. My children even liked the healthy crust! It is the perfect item to bring to a holiday gathering, especially if you are a relative of someone who can’t eat dairy and you want to provide an easy, safe dessert.
Use caution when purchasing, as Wholly Wholesome also has a frozen pumpkin pie with dairy. Be sure to look for the one that is specifically labeled as “dairy-free.”
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these pies are Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, and Peanut-Free. Always see the packaging and contact the company for allergen “may contain” labeling and manufacturing processes where severe food allergies are a concern. As you can see on the packaging above, the pumpkin pie is made on shared equipment, so you will need to speak with the company about allergen-safe practices if trace amounts of milk are a concern.
For More Product Information: Visit the Wholly Wholesome website at www.whollywholesome.com.