Is it possible for a dessert to touch your soul? Absolutely, and especially during the holidays, when you can share it with friends and loved ones. There’s something about the smell of a homemade pie wafting through your home that makes this particular dessert a sentimental favorite.
While we all love classics like blueberry, Key lime, and apple, there are countless possibilities when it comes to pie. We’ve rounded up some innovative and mouthwatering recipes that offer unique and flavorful spins on pies and tarts, even incorporating healthy ingredients like chia seeds, walnuts, and ginger. Whatever you're looking for — gluten-free, vegan, paleo, even an eye-catching raw-ish delight — this list has something delicious for everyone!
Sichuan Peppercorn Blueberry Oatmeal Pie
Photo Credit: Lady and Pups
Mandy Lee, the blogger behind Lady & Pups, knows pies aren’t actually “easy as pie.” In fact, they took her several years to perfect. But the wait was worth it! This “seriously flakey” pie — filled with fresh blueberries, creamy oatmeal, and floral peppercorns — will blow your mind, as will the many tips Mandy Lee shares for the perfect outcome. Get the recipe!
Passion Fruit and Ginger Tart
Photo Credit: A Brown Table
Think of this tart as a pie without a lid. Tangy and sunny, this passion fruit and ginger tart from Nik at a brown table works for both summer and winter. Tangy and sweet, its unique and unforgettable flavors are sure to spice up your dessert table. Get the recipe!
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven
Ali started her blog, Gimme Some Oven, back in 2009 as a place to organize her favorite recipes. Since then, it’s become kind of a big deal. From pages upon pages of deliciousness comes this bourbon pumpkin pie, an unpretentious and simply delicious twist on a classic. Get the recipe!
A Better Butter Tart
Photo Credit: My New Roots
The butter tart is a Canadian specialty, but it’s just as delectable south of the border. Sarah Britton from My New Roots improves upon the classic recipe by making the crusts slightly crunchier and more caramel-infused. These little indulgences are sure to be an unforgettable addition to any gathering you serve them at. Get the recipe!
Raw-ish Fig Ginger Cashew Cream Tart with Salted Maple Caramel Sauce
Photo Credit: Will Frolic for Food
The long name might be intimidating, but the recipe is actually fairly simple. And blogger Renee Byrd at Will Frolic for Food has ensured it’s pretty healthy, too. The cashew cream base of this tart is made with warm flavors like cardamom, maple, vanilla, and ginger, and the tart is topped with figs and rose petals — giving you a dessert that’s Instagram-worthy and delicious to boot. Get the recipe!
Apple Galette with Chia Seeds and Flax
Photo Credit: La Tartine Gourmande
A galette is a French pastry which resembles pie, but with the underside of the crust folded over the edges to cradle all of the ingredients. Bea from La Tartine Gourmande, who is French herself, created this simple and delicious recipe that’s perfect served in autumn, at the height of apple season. Get the recipe!
Chocolate Triple-Berry Slab Pie
Photo Credit: White on Rice Couple
Todd and Diane, the husband and wife team behind White on Rice Couple, fill their blog with charming and delicious recipes, travelogues, and stories. This recipe for a 13 by 18-inch pie is fit to feed the masses. Jam-packed with fresh berries and chocolate, make this indulgent dish for your next family reunion or neighborhood barbeque. Get the recipe!
Apple Tart in an Oat and Walnut Crust
Photo Credit: Nourished Kitchen
At Nourished Kitchen, Jenny creates a space for delicious dishes made with farm fresh ingredients. This apple tart keeps the focus on the fruit, drizzling it with a syrup of maple, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and baking until tender. The result: simple and unforgettable. Get the recipe!
Paleo Pecan Pie
Photo Credit: Joshua Weissman / Slim Palate
Gone paleo? Just because you’re abstaining from grains doesn’t mean you have to shun pies, and thank goodness for that. Joshua Weissman, the man behind Slim Palate, began sharing his recipes at age 16. Now 20, he’s healthier and more experienced in the kitchen than ever. This paleo pecan pie is evidence that one of the most popular diet approaches doesn’t have to mean deprivation! Get the recipe!
Gluten-Free Apricot Peach Coconut Tart
Photo Credit: Our Food Stories
This recipe, from Berlin-based Laura Muthesius and Nora Eisermann at Our Food Stories, is as tasty as the photos are breathtaking. Served with hot tea, this tart would be the perfect ending to a meal or a stand-alone snack. Get the recipe!
Vegan Pumpkin Gingerbread Pie
Photo Credit: Making Thyme for Health
How many holiday flavors can you cram into a single pie? Sarah at Making Thyme for Health doesn’t skimp on traditional holiday ingredients with this vegan delight. Loaded with ingredients like cinnamon, pumpkin, maple syrup, and gingersnap cookies, this pie would be perfect for a family gathering around the holidays. Get the recipe!
Plum Almond Tart
Photo Credit: Pastry Affair
Have you ever seen a pie so stunning you almost felt guilty about cutting into it? Yeah, impossible. But this plum almond tart from Pastry Affair gets pretty close. Kristin Rosenau, a particle physicist gone pastry chef gone high school teacher, creates dishes here that are as beautiful as they are delicious. This one, a traditional tart topped with richly colored ripe plums. Get the recipe!