Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie – Pastiera di Grano

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Finding gluten free Easter desserts everyone enjoys is a bit of a challenge. Most of the desserts I see are for cookies, cupcakes, and cakes which just don’t taste like their non-gluten-free counterparts.  

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Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie  – Pastiera di Grano

I also wanted a dessert that didn’t have food coloring which left out most of the pink, yellow, green and blue colored desserts I’ve seen lately. This Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie has no food coloring and is made from scratch using healthy ingredients.

I’m part of a group of bloggers that remakes a pin that they find on Pinterest and turns it into something of their own. The original Italian Easter Pie recipe I found was not gluten free and that wouldn’t have worked for our family. With a few simple adjustments, I turned this into a Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie that everyone can enjoy.

An Italian Easter Pie or Pastiera is actually more similar to a cake than a pie and originates from the Naples area of Italy. History says that it was probably a nun who created the modern-day Pastiera di Grano. She wanted the cake which was to be a symbol of the resurrection to have the perfume of the orange flowers that grew on nearby orange trees in the convent’s gardens. She mixed wheat (Grano), ricotta cheese and eggs (which are the symbol of new life) and water that had the fragrance of the orange flowers. She also added candied citron and spices.

Traditionally, the Italian Easter Pie should be cooked several days in advance of Easter – generally on Good Friday – so that the flavors have a chance to meld. This version doesn’t call for making it that far ahead but you certainly can if you want to. Here are a few more Easter ideas you may enjoy. Why not try my three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe for a side dish.

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Gluten Free Italian Easter Pie

50 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 gluten free pie crust
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten free flour blend
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, flour, orange zest and orange extract.
  3. In a different bowl, whisk the eggs for 5 minutes.
  4. Fold eggs into cheese mixture.
  5. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.
  7. When the timer goes off, turn off the oven and open the oven door a crack. Allow it to cool completely before you remove it from the oven.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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  1. This pie looks outstanding! I love that it's gluten-free too. My mother eats a mostly gluten free diet due to sensitivities, I was happy to be able to share this delicious treat for Easter with her. ;)
  2. Melissa Lawler says
    This looks delicious! I will definitely be trying it after Passover is done.
  3. Melinda Dunne says
    Oh my that looks fantastic! I will be making this next weekend for my family. Thanks for the recipe! 
  4. Orange and chocolate is one of my husband's favorite flavor combinations, I bet he'd love this!  I'm always looking for gluten-free desserts to serve when we have guests who eat gluten-free, tried and trued ones are always appreciated since I don't generally bake that way for my own family.
  5. Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom says
    This sounds so good! I love that you made it gluten-free. I've never seen a GF pie crust though. I bet I could make one. We eat mostly gluten-free so I love seeing gf recipes.
    • Ellen Christian says
      Thanks, Amy. Pillsbury has a GF pie crust mix that you can use. For a frozen one, you can use the ones from Wholly Wholesome. I hate making pie crust :)
  6. Thank you for sharing another delicious gluten free idea! This will be great for my daughter for Easter. 
  7. This looks delicious! I love making recipes from different cultures for the holidays.
  8. ourfamilyworld says
    This looks so good. I love Ricotta cheese and Italian desserts
  9. Mandie Stevens says
    I've never heard of this before but your pictures are amazing and make me want to gobble it up.
  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
    My hubby is from the north of Italy so the cuisine is some what different in the north compared to Naples. I need to ask him if he has ever had this type of pie before I would love to make it for him for Easter! Thanks!
  11. Happy Wednesday and thank you for sharing...this looks so good! I hope you have a great rest of the week and Happy Easter!  And please come share and link up with me now at xx Ashleigh @simplyWright 
  12. Miz Helen says
    Ellen, This is a beautiful Easter Pie that I would love to try.  Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  13. Looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.
  14. I do love ricotta pies!!! There is something tender and very tasty in it, yours looks great too! :) 
  15. I am Italian and I love this recipe! I am excited to make it. Maria

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