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Could this have been two separate instructables? Perhaps. However, my intention was to combine my two favorite flavors,Vanilla and Chai better known as Vanilla Chai in my favorite Starbucks drink.

So what does my mother-in-law have to do with this? We are very close, believe it or not.  She recently gave up all bread, so I decided to dedicate the pie to her.  I could not make a third kind of pie and not let her have a piece.

Mother-in-law Pie(GLUTEN FREE)
Almond meal Crust (no roll):
  • 1 1/4 cups of Almond meal
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 tbs of flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbs of sugar
Vanilla Cream Cheese Pie Filling:
  • 2 tbs of corn starch (why yes corn starch is gluten free!)
  • 1 cream cheese block (fat-free optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tbs of vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean split and for caviar only
  • 3/4 cups of sugar (stevia blend optional)
Chai cupcake: (Not gluten free, added for baker's benefit)
  • 3/4 cups of Butter
  • 3/4 cups of sugar (low calorie alternative optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2/3 cups of Starbucks Chai blend (can be purchased at Costco)
Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 lbs of confectioners sugar (usually 1 box) + 1 cup
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean split and for caviar only
  • 6 drops of green food coloring (St. Patty's Day Festive)

Bake Time: Approx. 1 hour for everything
Prep time: 30 minutes



Step 1: Almond Meal Pie Crust

Almond meal Crust (no roll):
  • 1 1/4 cups of Almond meal
  • 1/2 tbs of flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbs of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter cut into 1/2'' cubes
In a bowl whisk the dry ingredients together: almond meal, salt, flax seed, and sugar.  With a pastry blender blend the pie crust mix.  Almond meal usually has a larger grit size than flour, but is not difficult to work with.  The crust can be hand pressed into the pie pan.

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