The Moonie Pie Challenge

I am SO excited to share this post with you guys today! I have barely been able to contain myself ever since conjuring up this fun challenge.

Have you heard of the Raw Moon Pie, sold in New York??? This treat has quickly become New York City's #1 favorite raw dessert and I went ga-ga for them after trying one.

Anywho, my brain got going and I just had to create my own raw version of their treat, which I call the Moonie Pie. I made three kinds: vanilla, mint, and banana... and you better believe I have a line up of others to execute.

Now I want to share the raw moonie pie with you in the form of a challenge! You make the pies and blog about it. I judge the entries and select a winner. The winner and I do a swap and taste each other's and decide how we like it. What do ya think? Fun or what? I tend to get over-the-top excited about this stuff!

The Moonie Pie Challenge
How To Enter


1. Sign up for my Newsletter (for exclusive recipes, tips, and cool dessert ideas for subscribers only).

2. Watch my YouTube Video which outlines all the rules in detail, and gives you an inside peek at both moon pies (it was hard work chompin' into those things on camera, but someone had to do it!).

3. Grab a copy of the recipe booklet for $4.97 USD. Click on the link below. 

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4. Make a moonie pie of your choice, with my recipe, with or without 2 ingredient changes of your choice.

5. Blog about your moonie (or Facebook it/Flickr it), including your ingredient changes, (if you made any) and then come and let me know via the comments section. Remember to leave a link back to yours which I will check out and judge. Please do not blog the recipe when you're creating your post.

6. The challenge ends Saturday, April 17th at midnight, so get your comments (with link) in by then. I will announce the winner on Sunday, explaining why and how I chose them.

What Do You Win?!?



-The winner (hand picked by me) will be featured on my blog (with your pics and everything) with a link back to their site.

-We'll do a moonie pie swap - the winner will send me their moonie creation (I'll pay their shipping cost).


-I'll the winner three of my pies: a vanilla, mint, and banana moon pie. Philip and I will try their pie on video and let you all know what we think - the winner may choose to blog about tasting mine if they want, but that's totally optional. 

Questions about the challenge? Leave a comment below!



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47 Comments
  1. March 27, 2010 at 20:17
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    Could I just pay you a large sum of money instead to make a Moon Pie for me?? :-D

  2. March 27, 2010 at 21:01
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    Heathy, those are amazing!<br /><br />Good luck and have fun!<br /><br />xoxo

  3. March 27, 2010 at 21:03
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    Veggie! Absolutely! You just tell me how many you want! :)<br /><br />Pam - thanks, Ive been having fun with them :)

  4. March 27, 2010 at 21:51
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    YAYAY I cant wait to try them:D:D:D

  5. March 27, 2010 at 21:56
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    Are you serious or pulling my leg?? :-D

  6. March 27, 2010 at 22:25
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    I am all over this! <br /><br />But I am having trouble signing up for the newsletter. Is it me or just a glitch?

  7. March 27, 2010 at 22:29
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    I'm from Canada too, and I've never heard of the original ones. But this looks delicious, I saw Philips video on it a few weeks ago with the whole dessert list. We need a Canada version of that list!!<br /><br />-Amy

  8. March 27, 2010 at 22:41
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    What a great idea for a contest! Like you, I've never tried a real moon pie, but One Lucky Duck moon pies are my fave. I've been meaning to take a shot at recreating them for ages. Definitely entering this contest!!!

  9. March 27, 2010 at 23:19
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    They look amazing!!! I am drooling!<br />Debra @ <a href="http://www.veganfamilystyle.com/" rel="nofollow">Vegan Family Style</a><br />PS There is a giveaway on my blog- ends in a few days.. check it out!

  10. March 27, 2010 at 23:26
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    i would also certainly be willing to pay for and judge any entries ;)<br /><br />i'm a recently-turned-raw guy who just can't seem to get the cooking art down yet...and those look amazing

  11. March 28, 2010 at 00:21
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    Veggie - LOL, i was serious! Lemme know if you want pies. <br /><br />Bitt - yup, ure right, but it's running smoothly now.

  12. March 28, 2010 at 04:34
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    OMG Heathy those look soo good!<br />I made vegan no bake creme de menth bars, my own recipe, hope it's ok to link drop, they kinda look like a moonpie and you could omit the mint :)<br />http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2009/11/vegan-creme-de-menthe-bars-no.html<br />glad u like my new site look!

  13. March 28, 2010 at 07:52
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    I can't really send a moon pie from Australia but I will have a go anyway and test it on someone that doesn't like chocolate or something challenging like that.

  14. cclove2cook
    March 28, 2010 at 13:50
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    I must admit Heathy, my competitive spirit has been awakened...I think I may give this a try! I admire your creativity to inspire people to branch out into new areas!

  15. March 28, 2010 at 14:55
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    i am already subscribed to your newsletter...and i just downloaded the recipe...<br /><br />excited!<br /><br />=)

  16. March 28, 2010 at 15:02
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    I'm confused - the moon pie sold at raw restaurants is COOKED?? Please enlighten!<br /><br />Are you seriously going to sell your moon pies? I am sure a lot of us would be happy to pay for the privilege of tasting them - they look amazing.

  17. March 28, 2010 at 16:06
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    I've never had a moonpie either, but the pictures you posted make me want one! :)

  18. March 28, 2010 at 18:17
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    OMG!!! YES please. Heather you are amazing, I am not sure we could ever compete.

  19. March 28, 2010 at 20:23
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    That's so funny that you posted this - I just commented the other day that I would love for you to recreate a Vanilla Moonpie! I wonder if we could make a Vanilla hardshell coating for the outside to make it a true Vanilla Moonpie??? mmmm... my mouth is watering! I'm with VeggieGirl - I'd love a few of these :)

  20. March 28, 2010 at 23:29
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    You read my mind! These look fabulous! I can't wait to try them out! YUM!!!

  21. March 29, 2010 at 00:22
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    Yay, so excited to see that you guys want to jump on the moon pie challenge wagon! <br /><br />For anyone who doesn't care to make them and just wants to eat them, I just might be able to do an order for you. Email me :)

  22. March 29, 2010 at 15:11
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    Like the Pointer Sisters- "I'm soo excited & I just can't hide it!" Feeling moonalicious & I'm in!

  23. March 29, 2010 at 16:57
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    That's a great idea. I'd love to participate, if I weren't trying to clean up my diet a bit at the moment. You would think I'd still be on a raw sugar high with all those raw cupcakes in my house, but that's probably why I need a break from it for now.<br /><br />I loved moon pies, as a child, but not so much as I got older. I know I'd prefer a raw version like this. Did Sarma share her recipe with you? I don't see myself getting to NY soon, so that would definitely be worth the price of the recipe (although I'm sure yours is just as good, if not better).<br /><br />Okay, how long to I have to enter? We'll see if I can make an exception in the sweet department soon. Maybe I'll take on the challenge. It sounds like fun :-)

  24. March 30, 2010 at 13:49
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    Hi Heather! This looks like an awesome contest. Can't wait to start. I just had a question though. We can only add/change 2 ingredients in the recipe or can we make it as different as we want as long as it still encompasses the look/idea of a moon pie?<br /><br />Please let me know! Thanks and I can't wait to work on it.

  25. March 30, 2010 at 15:51
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    Shannon, hehe you've got me laughing over here - no, sarma didn't give out her recipe! This is my own. I hope you'll join in with all your creativity girl! ;)<br /><br />Lucycou - yay! Very cool that you'll me mooning! Only 2 ingredient changes in the whole recipe ;)

  26. March 30, 2010 at 16:13
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    Heather, sure thing. Thanks for replying to my comment. I'm going to get working on it soon. Can't wait. :P

  27. March 30, 2010 at 18:43
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    Aloha! I just nominated you for a Sunshine Award! Check it out! <br /><br />http://thegrainsofparadise.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunshine-awards.html

  28. March 31, 2010 at 20:55
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    These look soooooo good, will definately give it a go. Have some ingredient combinations I'd like to try. Just hope mine turn out as beautiful as yours.

  29. April 3, 2010 at 17:07
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    The moon pies look amazing! I can't wait to try them. <br /><br />I have a question regarding the rule about changing ingredients. If I substitute agave for raw honey throughout the recipe does that count as 1 change or does it change the recipe too much that it isn't within the contest rules? Or does it not count as a change at all?

  30. April 4, 2010 at 14:33
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    Hey Jaimee,<br /><br />Awesome! Welcome on board<br /><br />I had to think about this one for a minute, as it's almost a borderline thing - sure you can swap honey for the agave plus 2 ingredient changes. They are similar and I recognize that people are wanting to move away from agave. <br /><br />Looking forward to seeing your entry!

  31. April 9, 2010 at 09:18
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    Very excited about making these and adding my own bit of 'flava'. Just hope mine look as gorgeous as yours do. Wish me luck!

  32. April 9, 2010 at 23:05
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    Yummie! These were so delicious!!! I made some with orange oil in the filling, and orange zest in the cake part. It reminded me of an orange dreamsicle :D. I posted an entry about it on my blog: <br /><br />http://theavocadogirl.com/2010/04/moon-pie-challenge/<br /><br />And I also shared my creation with my family members (who are new to raw foods) to see what they thought of the Raw Moon Pies!<br /><br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQr5YR6pEQo<br /><br />Thank you for the yummy recipe! Love, Love, Love your blog <3!<br /><br />Laurel Pehrson

  33. April 10, 2010 at 00:29
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    Good luck Simone!<br /><br />Laurel!!! Ahh, you are amazing - orange, such a great idea. The music in your video makes me wanna dance - fabulous job!

  34. April 10, 2010 at 20:42
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    Heather, I had to laugh that the first submission is from a Laurel, since that is my name too. That is very strange since the name is not very common. Anyways, thanks for all your help with the chocolate. I finally figured out the special concoction and got them to work beautifully. Anyways, here is the link to the blog article on Les Moon Pies:<br /><br />http://belgianadventure.typepad.com/part2/2010/04/magnificient-moon-pies.html<br /><br />I hope you have as much fun reading about them as I did making them. Bon Appetit!

  35. April 10, 2010 at 20:48
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    I'm having fun playing with variations...but I was wondering if you could let me know where I might find agave powder. I've never seen it in Toronto - I don't want to use up one of my variations on that.<br /><br />I love this kind of creative challenge it really makes playing in the kitchen more fun.

  36. April 10, 2010 at 23:26
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    HI Lisa, <br /><br />you can get agave powder from The Raw Food World.com :)

  37. April 12, 2010 at 21:49
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    Heather! Thank you so much for having this Moonie Pie Challenge. It was so much fun to make and they turned out AWESOME! I didn't even know what a Moonie Pie was until I saw your post.<br /><br />Here is our entry for the challenge: http://www.lucycou.com/2010/04/our-entry-to-heather-paces-moonie-pie-challenge/<br /><br />We decided to make the opposite of a Moon Pie:<b> A Sun Pie! </b><br /><br />I hope you enjoy it and thanks again! :D

  38. April 14, 2010 at 01:44
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    Hi Heathy<br /><br />Here is the link to my entry : http://jaimeesrawkitchen.com/2010/04/13/moon-pie-challenge/<br /><br />It was a lot of fun, I'm having a hard time not eating all of them :)

  39. April 15, 2010 at 13:41
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    I have been coming back and forth looking at your amazing entries and looking for the recipe...just re read the instructions for entry and found it. I'm an idiot..haha...I made them from my own recipe, blogged about it and then came back...crazy...must have been in a chocco stupor. So, not eligible to compete, but still linked to you for others to enjoy....so if your interested in how mine turned out...http://yogaddiction.blogspot.com/

  40. April 15, 2010 at 20:17
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    here is my official entry:<br /><br />http://bittsblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-moon-pies.html

  41. April 17, 2010 at 13:18
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    Hi there Heathy! <br />Your moonie pies are gorgeous and I love your moonie pie challenge idea!! <br />This is my entry:<br />http://guavablossom.blogspot.com/2010/04/four-tropical-flavours-of-raw-vegan.html<br />I'm not sure if this is an official entry though, because I live in Australia so can't participate in the great moonie swap :( ..... but I couldn't resist, had to join in all the moonie-making fun anyway!! Good luck to everyone!!<br />:)<br />Nina

  42. April 17, 2010 at 22:05
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    Im LOVING the entries guys! Keep em coming! :)

  43. April 18, 2010 at 03:31
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    Heather!!! I just finished my mooniepie creations. Although I wish I had given myself more time to tend to them, here they are. Yummy :)<br />http://barefootandfrolicking.blogspot.com/2010/04/late-night-moonie-pies.html<br />So fun!

  44. September 28, 2010 at 17:28
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    it looks amazing! i can not believe that it's raw! i wish to taste it=)

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