No Bake Gluten Free Pie | Strawberry Yogurt Cream

No Bake Gluten Free Pie | Strawberry Yogurt Cream

This gluten free pie is a perfect warm weather treat that won’t have you slaving away in the kitchen when you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors. Make it ahead, freeze it and then allow it to thaw a bit while you enjoy your meal.

A cool and refreshing no bake gluten free pie, made with whipped cream, plain yogurt and reduced fresh strawberries. Get this no bake recipe!

This pie is a (much better) riff on the yogurt pies I used to have as a kid. Those were a tub of thawed Cool Whip mixed with some strawberry flavored yogurt (probably nonfat, at least if it was the low-fat 90’s when everyone got fatter), pour into a premade graham cracker pie crust, and then frozen.

A cool and refreshing no bake gluten free pie, made with whipped cream, plain yogurt and reduced fresh strawberries. Get this no bake recipe!

This gluten free pie is worlds apart from that one (which, sadly, makes me shudder when I recall the plastic taste). Lightly sweet, totally real and absolutely fresh and creamy.

Instead of strawberry flavored nonfat yogurt, we use full fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with fresh strawberries reduced with just a touch of sugar (if you’re reading this and it’s no longer strawberry season, frozen and thawed strawberries would work great).

Instead of Cool Whip, fresh whipped cream stabilized with some unflavored gelatin. You can skip the gelatin, but the pie will be much more icy in texture.

A cool and refreshing no bake gluten free pie, made with whipped cream, plain yogurt and reduced fresh strawberries. Get this no bake recipe!

After I made the pie a few times, I bought more strawberries and made more of that gorgeous, bright red strawberry puree and have been drizzling it over gluten free waffles, mixing it into yogurt and stirring it into lemonade.

A cool and refreshing no bake gluten free pie, made with whipped cream, plain yogurt and reduced fresh strawberries. Get this no bake recipe!

You can even stir some of the strawberry puree into the top of the pie right before you freeze it. The pie is also extra special when you serve it with some more strawberry sauce on the side.

A cool and refreshing no bake gluten free pie, made with whipped cream, plain yogurt and reduced fresh strawberries. Get this no bake recipe!

The crust is just a basic no-bake cookie crumb crust. One time I used crushed thin and crispy gluten free chocolate chip cookies, another time gluten free graham crackers.

Or … you could make things even easier (and let’s face it way better for you!) and serve it crustless. Naked pie!

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 1 9-inch pie


For the Crust
1 1/2 cups (225 g) gluten free crunchy cookie crumbs

6 tablespoons (84 g) unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling
8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

1 tablespoon (12 g) granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces plain Greek-style yogurt

1 scant tablespoon (1 packet) unflavored powdered gelatin*

2 tablespoons cool water*

2 cups (16 fl. oz.) heavy whipping cream, chilled

2 tablespoons (14 g) confectioners’ sugar (or more to taste)

*The gelatin (and 2 tablespoons water that go along with it) are optional, but really help ensure a smooth, and not icy, filling when frozen.


  • Make the crust. In a large bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and melted butter until well-combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch nonstick or greased pie plate. Place the pie plate in the freezer until firm (at least 10 minutes, but longer is fine).

  • While the crust is chilling, make the filling. First, cook the strawberries. In a medium-sized heavy-bottom saucepan, place the strawberries, granulated sugar and salt, with a splash of cool water and mix to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries are softened and have given off much of their juice (about 7 minutes). With an immersion (stick) blender, puree the strawberries until mostly smooth. In a medium-sized bowl, place the Greek yogurt together about about 1/2 cup of the strawberry puree, and mix until smooth. Set the mixture aside.

  • Place the contents of the packet of powdered gelatin and the 2 tablespoons of water in a small, microwave-safe bowl, and mix well. Allow to sit for a few moments until the gelatin swells. It will be lumpy. Microwave the gelatin mixture for 30 seconds on HIGH to liquefy it. Set the gelatin aside and allow it to cool for about 2 minutes, or until no longer hot to the touch.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the heavy whipping cream and the confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Add the slightly cooled gelatin mixture to the whipped cream and beat at high speed until the mixture has thickened and holds a stiff (but not dry) peak. Carefully fold the strawberry and yogurt mixture into the whipped cream mixture until only a few white streaks are still visible.

  • Remove the pie shell from the freezer, and pour the filling into it. If desired, pour another few tablespoons of the strawberry puree on top of the filling, and gently smooth the top with a cool, wet spatula. Freeze until set all the way through, about 4 hours. Before serving, allow to sit at room temperature for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Adapted from Chocolate Mousse Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust on page 177 of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy (Da Capo/Perseus 2012).


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  • Kristy B.
    May 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    It worked like a delicious charm. All I did was microwave a whole 10 oz. jar for about a minute and then stirred it like crazy. It looked roughly like your puree. I live in Upper Michigan and the strawberries around here are not at their peak just yet. Also I was thinking, add a little salt to the crust and a little lime to the filling, and you could call this strawberry margarita yogurt cream pie :) Thank you, this is a delicious recipe. I had extra chocolate chip cookies on hand so it came together in a snap.

    • gfshoestring
      May 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      That’s great, Kristy! Thanks for reporting back. And that makes the whole thing a lot easier, too.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Monika
    May 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Delicious yogurt pie! Easy to make, and everybody loved it. The cookie crumb crust really added that extra something.

    • gfshoestring
      May 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      So glad, Monika!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kristy B.
    May 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I bought some “simply fruit” spread in the hopes I might be able to use it in this recipe. Any thoughts on that? I think if I heat it up it will be mostly liquid and work out pretty well, but I thought I might check with you first.

    • gfshoestring
      May 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      That should work, Kristy. Just pay attention to the texture of the puree in the photograph here on the blog, and try to match it with your fruit spread. You might need to heat it a bit longer to reduce it. Let me know how it goes!
      xoxo Nicole

  • May 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Oh, yeah, I remember Cool Whip pies. Scary when you think about what is actually in Cool Whip. But full fat Greek yogurt? Count me IN! I love the idea of eating this for dessert after enjoying some of your perfectly cooked pasta salad. Sounds like the perfect summer dinner!

  • May 21, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    We totally made this pie (the Cool Whip version) when I was a kid! This looks heavenly.

  • May 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I just received your new cookbook! Your recipes look delicious:)

  • Peggy
    May 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    This summer dessert is on my to-make list for sure! Sounds so yummy!

  • Sara Jane
    May 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Nicole, love this pie. Friend gave me a recipe using cool whip and fruit yogurt but I substituted my own home-made whipped cream and stevia. Unfortunately, it was a bit runny. Your recipe looks excellent and I’m sure the gelatin gives it more body. Can’t wait to give it a try. An excellent summer dessert.

    • gfshoestring
      May 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Thanks, Sara Jane! It’s funny how the simplest recipes can be the trickiest to mess around with, isn’t it? You could definitely either eliminate the sugar from this recipe entirely or use a sugar substitute. it doesn’t add structure, just flavor.
      xoxo Nicole

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