October 22, 2016
blueberry pie

Spiced Blueberry Pie

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

The blueberry filling for this pie is made with a base mixture of blueberries cooked with spices (including black pepper) into which fresh, uncooked blueberries are stirred. The filling is poured into a pre baked gingersnap crust, made with milk and olive oil instead of butter.

Makes 8 wedges


36 gingersnaps (9 ounces)

⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

¼ cup low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk

2 tablespoons extra-light vegetable oil, such as olive or canola oil

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

½ teaspoon cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon pepper

6 cups fresh blueberries

½ cup orange juice


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a food processor, process the gingersnaps and 2 tablespoons of the sugar until fine crumbs are formed. Add the milk and oil and process until evenly moistened.

2. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Press the gingersnap mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake for 12 minutes to set. Cool on a wire rack.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ⅓ cup sugar, the cornstarch, orange zest, cinnamon and pepper.

4. In a medium saucepan, combine 3 cups of the blueberries and the orange juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the sugar-cornstarch mixture, return to a boil, and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

5. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 3 cups blueberries. Spoon the blueberry mixture into the pie shell and refrigerate until serving time.

Nutrition per wedge: 305 calories, 9.3g total fat (1.6g saturated), 1mg cholesterol, 4g dietary fiber, 55g carbohydrate, 3g protein, 125mg sodium.

Good source of: anthocyanins.

A different spin

  • Strawberry Pie: Follow the directions for Spiced Blueberry Pie, but instead of blueberries, use 6 cups of halved strawberries. Omit the black pepper and add ⅛ teaspoon allspice.
From The Wellness Kitchen, by the staff of The Wellness Kitchen and the editors of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.