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F.O.I. BEAN PIE Recipe

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1 stick of Butter
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 cups Raw Sugar
4 eggs

2 cups cooked Navy Beans
14 ounce can of Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons Unbleached Flour
(TRY: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour Mix)

Soak the dry beans overnight.
Cook the beans until soft.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In an electric blender, blend beans, butter, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and flour about 2 minutes on medium speed.

Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl.
Add sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
Pour into pie shells.

Bake about one hour until golden brown.

BAKER'S TIP: 5 minutes after removing pies from oven, cover with plastic wrap that clings.


Makes 2 pies

2 cups unbleached finely ground whole wheat flour
(Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour Mix)
1 teaspoon Salt
5 tablespoons of Cold Water
¾ cups of Shortening
(I use ¾ cups of butter instead)


Mix Flour and salt in bowl.
Cut in shortening or butter using pastry blender or two knives, until all flour is just blended to form pea-sized chunks.

Sprinkle water, one Tablespoon at a time.
Toss lightly with fork until dough will form a ball.
Divide dough into two parts.

Press between hands to form two 5- to 6-inch patties. Set aside one patty.

With rolling pin, roll out the crust patty between two pieces of unfloured plastic wrap, into a circle the size of an upside-down pie pan.

Remove top piece of plastic wrap. Use the bottom piece of plastic wrap to lift the crust and turn it into the pie pan.

While plastic wrap is still covering crust, gently press crust to fit the pan.

Remove the other pie of plastic wrap. Roll out the other pie crust patty the same way.


The F.O.I. (Fruit Of Islam) Bean Pie dates to the 1930s, when the founder of the Nation of Islam in the United States of America, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, implored his followers to eschew pork, kale and starches like corn bread and sweet potatoes and adhere to a healthful diet, with a particular focus on the navy bean (or "pulse", as it is called in 2 Samuel 17:28).

••• "And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim Brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentils, and parched pulse, And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
~ 2 Samuel 17:27-29 •••

The Nation of Islam Muslims created the bean pie in part as a healthier alternative for the sweet potato pie. The recipe, published in part one of the 1962 two-volume guide HOW TO EAT TO LIVE by The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, remains in print more than one-half century later. The nutritional insights in the cookbook's long ago findings may impress even the most vigilant contemporary whole foods aficionado. FEAR NOT. The pie is SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS. Give it a try.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6 - 10
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
60 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. ~ 1 Chronicles 4:9-10




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