Today, 3.14.14, is National Pi Day! March 14 is celebrated around the world in honor of the Greek letter pi, representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The mathematical constant begins 3.14159 or, more commonly, 3.14, and as an irrational number, extends to an infinite number of decimal places. Congress made this date a national holiday in March of 2009, to show support for the National Science Foundation and to give teachers a reason to encourage students to have fun with pi.
My grandson brought the holiday to my attention a couple of years ago. And of course, one of the best ways to celebrate pi day, is with pi(e)! Normally, I’d partake of a coconut cream pie, or some other decadent pie from Big R’s. However, this year, as I am continuing on a detox diet plan that eliminates sugar, flour, gluten and dairy, pie was not an option!
I debated doing something else today, as a first. And then, as I was browsing through the new cookbook of Dr. Hyman’s that I just purchased, I found my solution! Using a recipe in The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, I created my own mini “pie”….a Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Cup. Okay, it’s not a pie! But it’s round, and that stays with the pi theme.
Best of all, although it looks like it’s full of all the wrong things, it adheres to the plan I’m on. This little taste of heaven has NO sugar, flour, gluten or dairy. Using organic ingredients makes it even better for me. The cups were quick and easy to make and set up in the freezer. Sometimes, food that looks good and is good for you, tastes terrible! But I just sampled a peanut butter chocolate cup and they are wonderful! Creamy, not very sweet, yet very satisfying as a treat.
Today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Pi day seems like the perfect birth date for this mathematical and scientific genius. I love his quirky sense of humor too and enjoy his quotes, which are full of wisdom. Perhaps I’ll have another double peanut butter chocolate cup as I wish him a Happy Birthday!