Yogurt Pies: Light and Easy No-Bake Winter Desserts

2012_11_28-orange tart.jpg It's no news to you that we're firmly planted in the season of heavy, decadent eating. And I don't quibble with any of it: I love any chance to splurge on soft cheeses, good wine and special desserts. But when you save those treats for special occasions, what are you left with on an average weekday night when craving a lighter dessert option?

Lately I've been seeing numerous recipes for yogurt pies - a new discovery for me. Initially I thought they'd be similar to a custard pie or perhaps some sort of icebox pie. But most yogurt pies are neither: the filling is largely a thick, Greek yogurt flavored with either fresh fruits, peanut butter or honey while the crust spans the gamut from graham crackers to oreos. In addition to being light and delicious, they're also extremely easy to pull together and most require no oven time (besides the crust, obviously). So for a reprieve in between holiday meals and festivities, I'm experimenting with creamy yogurt pies this week. Have you ever tried one?

Try a Recipe:
Fresh Orange and Yogurt Tart (pictured)- Martha Stewart
Lavender Honey and Yogurt Pie - Epicurious
Peanut Butter Yogurt Pie - Little Bitty Bakes
Greek Yogurt Icebox Pie with Coriander and Blueberries - Honest Cooking
Key Lime Greek Yogurt Pie - Cooking on the Side

Related: No-Bake Recipe: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

(Image: Martha Stewart)