Vegan Birdman Pie

We’ve teamed up with a handful of other great foodies to share a collection of Oscar themed recipes; head to the bottom of the post for recipes like this Birdman Pie that are based on other great Oscar nominated films!Blackbird Pie. A blackberry whiskey pie with a chocolate pie crust. Vegan and delicious.

When we decided to participate in an Oscar-themed party collection, we were so excited!  We love doing themed parties, as you’ve probably seen with our Alice in Wonderland party and our Beer Tasting Party.  This was going to be right up our alley.  But, being honest with you, this Birdman pie took quite a few hours of thought and creativity.

See…if you haven’t seen the movie Birdman, you should know something.  Birdman isn’t in it.

He isn’t!  

Okay, there’s like 2 scenes where a guy in the Birdman costume comes and pesters the main character.  But that’s it.

Oh, did we mention that this blackberry pie has not only a chocolate pie crust but is also chock full of dark chocolate? We didn’t? Well, it is. The dairy-free sort, of course.

The movie is really about the guy who played the Birdman character.  And his attempt to get a play off the ground.  There’s really no action, almost no flying, and a whole lot of drama.  Nothing like we had expected when we came up with all of our great plans for recipes that would be perfect for someone hosting a Birdman Oscar party. We had ideas for chocolate feathers, and nest appetizers, and you know…bird themed treats.


After we saw the movie, we had to set all those ideas aside and start over.

Thus the Birdman Pie. The idea that we kept coming back to again and again was that song about the four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. No idea why that song kept on getting rolled around with Birdman, the movie. But we went with it and created our version of Birdman pie.

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If you have a food processor, this pie crust would be much quicker. Or, you can join me in working out our arms. Totally worth the work-out!.

That pie can’t really exist in real life, you know. Baking 24 blackbirds in a pie is all sorts of NOT COOL. But we think a blackberry pie made with whiskey and sporting a chocolate pie-crust is a pretty darn good alternative. Best part, it’s not full of little bones and feathers and such things that come with cooking up blackbirds (really, how on earth did that song come to be?)

The instant coffee is completely optional but well worth the extra bit of time. Isn’t coffee always worth it?

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Just so you know, it’s super delicious.  And vegan!!!!  What!  That’s right. Give it a try and see what you think.  Better yet, make if for your Oscar viewing party!  We love the combo of blackberries, chocolate, and whiskey. It feels decadent, cozy, and grown-up all things a pie should be.  

Birdman Pie. A vegan blackberry whiskey pie with chocolate pie crust.
5 from 1 vote

Vegan Chocolate Pie Crust


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons shortening cold.
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee optional
  • ice water


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together well.
  2. Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, 2 knives, or fork until course crumbles are formed.
  3. Drizzle ice water into the dough by tablespoons, cutting thoroughly after each addition, until the dough can be pressed into shape without crumbling apart. Do not over mix.
  4. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and put into the fridge for about 45 minutes.
  5. Roll out on floured surface and finish according to your pie's instructions.

Recipe Notes

Because this is vegan no butter is used. However, if you are not vegan sub out 1/2 of the shortening for cold butter and your crust will taste that much better. Butter is the key to fantastic crust. But for vegans, this is a good solid recipe to try.
Having bits of shortening not incorporated is a good thing.

Birdman Pie. Blackberry chocolate whiskey pie with chocolate pie crust. A vegan dessert.


We’ve joined up with some other great foodie friends to share Oscar themed ideas from all the nominated films this year.  Head over to their sites for some great ideas!


American Sniper: The $10 Mezze Platter from Cheap Recipe Blog

Boyhood: All-Natural Texas Queso Tortilla Cups from Carpe Season

Grand Budapest Hotel: Lemon Chantilly Cream Puffs from Femme Fraiche

The Imitation Game: High Tea from Pickles Travel

Selma: Alabama Firecrackers from The Honour System

The Theory Of Everything: Boozy Nutella Milkshakes from Dining With Alice

Whiplash: Golden Potato, Bacon, and Rosemary Pizza from Savoury Table



  1. Shelley
    February 18, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Can I use butter in place of all the shortening? I don’t know if that would change how the crust would bake.

    • February 19, 2015 / 8:51 am

      Actually, butter is a better ingredient to use with pie because it comes out flakier. We wanted this to be vegan…so that’s why the shortening is there.

      • Shelley
        February 19, 2015 / 10:15 am

        Great! Thanks!

  2. Paula
    February 17, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    This sounds freaking fantastic! And since I’m from Kentucky, I’m a firm believer in putting whiskey in pies. Definitely going to make this. Thanks!

    • February 18, 2015 / 10:18 am

      Thanks, Paula! It really is good. And we agree, pies are a GREAT place for whiskey :)

  3. February 17, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    I am so into chocolate + berries, so this goes to the top of list for desserts to try next. I love the look of your blog and the style of your photos. So gorgeous! <3

    • February 18, 2015 / 10:19 am

      Aw…thanks so much! And this really is a yummy dessert!

    • Nellie
      February 18, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      Awww, thanks lovely lady!

  4. February 16, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Great looking pie! I am excited to see Birdman, and am even moreso now that I’ve seen this pie! Excited by the vegan chocolate crust!

    • February 17, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks! But…don’t get your hopes too high about the movie…

  5. February 16, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Chocolate and fruit- that’s the perfect combination! I love the looks of this and love your interpretation of the movie! I feel so honored to be a part of so many talented women cooks/bloggers!

    • February 17, 2015 / 9:56 am

      Thanks so much, Greta! We’ve had a ton of fun being part of this!

  6. February 16, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Beautiful pie! Love your creativity with the flavors you have combined here. I’m with you about the movie. It was nothing like what I thought it would be. Entertaining . . .kind of. I’m still mulling it over.

    • February 18, 2015 / 10:19 am

      Thanks, Karen. And yeah…the movie was just so strange! Seriously…

  7. Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog
    February 16, 2015 / 9:52 am

    LOVE this!! The chocolate pie crust, the blackberries, the whiskey… you guys totally outdid yourselves this time! Thanks so much for participating and making the most out of Birdman ;)

    • February 18, 2015 / 10:20 am

      Thanks, Haley! We had fun doing it. Needed to think a little bit creatively, but we think that made it even more fun in the end!

  8. February 16, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Such a creative idea! And what IS the deal with the weird children’s songs anyways? Baking birds, turning to ashes and falling down, etc. Strange. Enjoy Oscar night! :)

    • February 18, 2015 / 10:20 am

      Thanks, Sharon! Yeah…kids songs are really creepy.

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