Ree Drummond is the Devil - Peanut Butter Pie is Sin

June 13, 2009 · 17 comments

Peanut Butter Pie

I am hesitating to even write this post on the off chance that some of my readers don’t know Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman - her cooking site, The Pioneer Woman Cooks is not a site for anyone trying to lose weight. I try to stay away but I am drawn back daily by her tantalizing, butter laden, recipes. Not to mention her giveaways! The top prize of $250 cash in my weight loss blog contest this month is nothing compared to Ree, who routinely gives away thousands of dollars worth of stuff.

I thought I was being so good. My wife was hosting a bunco party and I thought Ree’s Peanut Butter pie that I had just read about would make a great dessert to surprise my wife with. So after work I bought the few ingredients needed (it really is a simple pie) and after she went to bed I went to work making this lovely creation (the picture here is Ree’s, not mine - even though I do have a new camera, a Canon EOS 50D, I am not yet ready to start shooting food photography).

I did a great job while making the pie, very little nibbling. I will admit only to a couple of Oreos, a lick of the peanut butter knife and a couple of samplings of the filling. In general I did pretty good. After the pie was done I wrapped it up, stuck it in the refrigerator and expected that the next time I saw the pie tin it would be empty after the party so I wouldn’t be tempted to dig in myself.


As it turns out, bunco parties are more about drinking wine than eating much food. My pie stayed in the refrigerator and didn’t get touched! My daughter, who helped me make it, said we should each have a small slice and I agreed with her - so we tried a little bit of the rich chilled pie. And it was good. But rich, oh my.

The next morning my wife said that she would bring the pie to work so as not to have it sitting around the house where she knew I would probably end up eating the whole thing. I was glad to be rid of the horrible, nasty thing (I mean that in a good way!).

But when I got home from work last night there it was, my nemesis, sitting in the refrigerator. It didn’t leave the house and now I have this wonderful tasty thing tempting me. I had a slice after dinner. It was devine. Very rich, thin slices are in order. I didn’t have a thin slice. I’ve got to find someone else who will eat this thing, or it is going to get eaten by me slice by wonderful slice.


P.S. - Just to show you how bad I am I have already formulated a couple of different related pies I have every intention of making just because I want to see how my creativity works - substitute ripe bananas for the peanut butter and vanilla wafers for the Oreos and I’ll bet you have one heck of a pie. Or Nutella for the peanut butter and graham crackers for the Oreos. Yummy. Help!

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Hopeful June 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

I get Ree’s feed (ha! no pun intended). I LOVE her site. I LOVE your site too. :-)

Thanks, I appreciate the compliment!

Krissy June 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

This pie has been my nemesis all week too! I saw it PW’s site and I just had to make it. THe funny thing is I started remaking it into other pies too. You can add pumpkin instead of peanut butter and graham crackers instead of oreos and it’s a pumpkin cream cheese pie. Yummy! I have two pieces this week, and I’m hoping the kid will finish the damn pie so I don’t have to be tempted by it anymore.

Ooh, I never thought of pumpkin. I know my wife would like that one.

Hanlie June 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I’m a big fan of Ree’s site, but I don’t visit the recipe section at all! That would just be wrong!

That’s probably for the best, but darn she does have some great, and mostly simple, recipes. Still, never mind what I say - STAY AWAY!

halfthegirliusedtobe June 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Great post! For me my big temptation is usually popcorn. I won’t buy a box of my favorite anymore as I will blow through all three bags in one sitting.

Luckily Walgreens has the single serving size for solitary sale!

-1/2 girl

Buying single serving sizes (as long as they are realistic) is a great way to go for any tempting food item.

Cynthia June 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm

My advice… make something like this on a “free” day and then enjoy to the hilt. And then if there happens to be leftover pie, either give it to someone (Our solution is generally to send this kind of leftover with hubby to work. It disappears there and that’s that.) or take the hard solution

The hard solution, especially when you went to the work of making the pie yourself, is simply to pitch it in the garbage. And walk away free of the calories.

I had a boss that insisted on getting me the gooiest, richest chocolate cake he could find on my birthday. This, in spite of the fact that I am actually not that big on cake. I’d eat a good slice at work, then he’d foist whatever hadn’t gotten eaten on me to take home. And I did, but I chunked it in the garbage before I ever walked indoors.

I’m bringing that habit back somewhat… on my free days, sometimes I do bring junk home. I don’t even always want to eat it all. Well, when I’m full, I just toss what’s left so it doesn’t sit around tempting me.

Good advice Cynthia, thank you.

Krazy88 June 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I could never have that in my house. Peanut Butter, Chocolate… I’d be a goner!

Then I suggest you stay away from these!

Kimberly June 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Oh my - that sounds delicious! I looooove pie… every kind of pie. It’s generally considered my nemesis.

Have you heard of PB2? It’s powdered peanut butter (they press the oil out of it, then you add water to make it creamy). It’s great for recipes and has more than 85% fewer calories. Might be a great substitute in this pie!

Here’s a link to the company that makes PB2:

I’m not big on subs like that, but perhaps someone will find it interesting, thanks for sharing.

julie June 14, 2009 at 12:08 am

Personally, I think you’re asking for trouble to even make the healthy version of those things. If I want a piece of pie (and I don’t, since I don’t like it), or chocolate cake, which I do like, I’d get a single serving, and enjoy the hell out of it, and not think about it anymore. I’ll eat it if it’s in the fridge. You’re better off adapting your taste buds and whatever else to think of that stuff as an occasional treat, in other words, lose the sweet tooth.

Easier said than done! But I do agree - having a sweet tooth is a problem and it would be good to get rid of it, that’s for sure.

julie June 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

Most of the changes a person needs to make to get to a healthier weight aren’t easy or comfortable. However, if you’re not willing to make some changes to improve your life, whether related to weight or anything else, then you’re just spinning your wheels and playing games, and not only will this not help you lose weight, it’ll likely keep you gaining. I think we’re programmed to like sweet things, try to learn to love fruit or something. Sorry to be harsh, but nobody said it was easy, but at some point you have to walk the walk.

I’m with you there, and eventually I’m hoping to run that walk!

MamaBearJune June 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Your wife’s bunco group is weird. The groups I have been part of would never have left that tasty of a dessert sitting in the fridge! ;-)

I suspected they were weird even before this. :-) The nurses at my wife’s work gobbled it up quickly so it didn’t go to waste, nor in my belly (or at least most of it didn’t).

Cynthia June 14, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Another thought for the future… if you like the recipe, is there anyway to modify it to make small, single serving portions or just a few portions? That way, instead of making an entire pie, you could make just enough to have a treat and no leftovers to struggle with.

Yes, these could easily be made into little tarts. The other advantage of that is that it would be easier to calculate the damage - I’ll be honest, I have not done a calprie calculator on the pie, it might not be as bad as I think - but single sized individual portions could be a good way to go either way.

Mr. Meltdown June 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm

That pie sounds so good that I am not going to read the recipe in fear that I might make it and eat it all myself! LOL

Great Post John!

Sounds like a good strategy to me!

Mary :: A Merry Life June 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

John, I’m not supposed to come to your weight loss blog and leave craving sweet things. Come on dude!

LOL, I know, I know - sorry about that!

Nicole June 18, 2009 at 1:40 am

A few months ago, I had a great moment. I had some cake and was staring at the left overs. Normally the rest of the cake would have gone in the fridge and would certainly been devoured. My head was spinning. I didn’t know what to do. Out of desperation and, perhaps in a stroke of genius, I tossed an entire cake into a sink full of dish water.

Splash! Glug glug glug! Ewww!

I watched the evil thing disintegrate. It was awesome! What a rush! I felt lighter, leaner, stronger. I was in control! Not the cake.

I know it’s terribly wasteful and I know it is disrespectful to those less fortunate but that cake had to die.

Since then, I’ve destroyed half a huge starbuck’s gingerbread cookie by throwing it into my frappuchino (two birds, one stone), I poured dish soap all over some baked mac & cheese and emptied a dust pan’s contents onto the last slice of pizza in the box. That was back in April. Out of guilt, I moved on to new tactics. I started giving food away at work. It’s amazing what people eat if you put it out on the counter in a large plate in the coffee/break room.

It’s been a month now and I started seeing chocolate cake as evil. I have the superpower to end that cake’s chocolaty rule! Gingerbread and chocolate cake have not recently found their way home or into my oven. The Dark Lord’s spoils must not come into my temple.

lol, great story thanks for sharing. I’ve occasionally mustered up the strength to throw something away but that is certainly a big weakness of mine as I hate to waste anything.

Pamela Kramer June 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Have mercy on you buddy! I found a recipe on her site for Monkey Bread - Stay Away!!!! It was so good but I hope not to make it again. Seriously I could eat the whole thing myself. As soon as I made it I started giving it away. :)

I don’t remember seeing that one and now you’ve made me curious!

JoeyfromSC July 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Sweets are my weakness to begin with lol

That pie does look so sinful! Thanks for the links and I love your substitutions at the end of the post! yummy!

JoeyfromSC July 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

ROFLMAO@Nicole’s story!! too funny! I, like you John, hate wasting food too, but Nicole may be on to something there lol

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