Impossible Saskatoon Pie

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Impossible pie? With Saskatoons? Let sit and talk about how this is a REAL THING! Yes, this pie is crustless and bakes up in layers – with Saskatoon berries, blueberries, the sky is the limit! This is a riff on the classic impossible coconut pie.

top down shot of Impossible Pie with Saskatoon Berries in a Pyrex pie dish on wood background
Impossible Pie with Saskatoon Berries

The Classic Impossible Pie Recipe

If you are expecting a crispy pie crust you need to turn away now, for this is not the recipe for you. Go and make my Saskatoon Rhubarb pie instead, if you need a neat pie idea to use up those Saskatoon berries and another summertime bounty. It’s one of my favorites.

*waves hand in front of your face*   This is not the pie crust you are looking for.

All bad Star Wars references aside, anyone who has eaten Impossible Pie before knows that it’s not really about the crust, but the fact that you beat together a schwack of ingredients in one bowl and pour them into a buttered pie plate. The flour will sink to the bottom and form a wobbly flour crust, while the rest creates a custard filling and a topping.

I can’t believe that I just used the word schwack in a recipe. This pie is a last-minute, want-to-use-up-Saskatoons-but-don’t-want-to-make-a-crust type of dessert.

This delicious pie was on the docket for my cookbook, but didn’t make my vicious cutting. I decided that this one was for the website, meaning that technically you guys get a cookbook recipes a year ahead of time! Right? Right. (that’s how I’m going to sell it to you anyway.)

The scene: my house on an August long weekend. My entire family was over, I’d already baked two pies for dinner (those are embargoed cookbook pies, sorry) and I was looking through old cookbooks looking for a great porcupine meatballs recipe, something else that has been on my mind lately but of course, I haven’t gotten around to it. You all have been so patient, this website has been a little slow lately, but I’m rather proud that I have managed to get out at least one post a week and usually two, which you might think isn’t much but when you have a cookbook manuscript due, it’s a miracle. A full-out, Catholic church confirmed miracle.

close up of Impossible Pie with Saskatoon Berries in a Pyrex pie dish on wood background
Impossible Pie with Saskatoon berries

I’ve had a recipe for Impossible Pie kicking around for a while and while it is delicious with its custard filling and crispy coconut topping, I wanted to jazz it up.

Karlynn’s Tips & Tricks for Amazing Impossible Pie

  1. Two cups of Saskatoon berries does the trick, my friends. That’s a whole lotta jazzing up right there. You can also use blueberries if you’re fresh out of Saskatoons, but this pie is now a last-minute favorite for when I am craving Saskatoons but don’t have the time for a pie with a crust.
  2. The crust is not crispy and it’s not supposed to be!
  3. I would say that the impossible crust resembles a firm custard that’s been cooked up, it’s wobbly, not firm but does the trick. I love the eggy custard that forms in the middle it’s absolutely scrumptious. The coconut and the Saskatoons bake up at the top and it’s a taste combination that I am having a serious love affair with. There will be another Saskatoon and coconut mash-up recipe on this website soon, you can bet on it. Honestly, what doesn’t Saskatoons go with? I’ve yet to find it.
  4. This pie is going to rise “edges first”,  but the center will soon catch up with it, don’t worry! It will look absolutely wonky to start, but by the time the 50-60 minutes are done, it will be fabulous!

So now that my manuscript is into my publishers hands, things are going to pick up around here again.

I’m baaaack!

(not that I ever really left but it just feels like the right thing to say.)

Love you more than chocolate,


* note – to use frozen Saskatoons, thaw them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture, then dab them slightly. The cornstarch in the pie helps with any extra moisture. This pie was made with frozen Saskatoons! *

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Impossible Saskatoon Pie

A one bowl impossible pie using Saskatoons and NO biscuit mix! This pie magically bakes up into a crust layer, a custard layer and then coconuts and Saskatoon berries on top!
* note - to use frozen Saskatoons, thaw them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture, then dab them slightly. The cornstarch in the pie helps with any extra moisture. This pie was made with frozen Saskatoons! *
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
North American
Karlynn Johnston


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Sasktoon berries fresh or frozen see notes on frozen


  • Grease and set aside a deep dish 9.5 - 10 inch pie plate. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Place all ingredients excepting Saskatoons into a large mixing bowl and beat until mixed. Stir in the Saskatoons.
  • Pour into the buttered pie plate and baked in the oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pie, Calories: 509kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 157mg, Sodium: 446mg, Potassium: 247mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 48g, Vitamin A: 790IU, Vitamin C: 4.8mg, Calcium: 118mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Lorrie Stad says

    oh this is so on the menu for weekend dinner. I have a ton of saskatons in the freezer

  2. Lee-Ann Sewell Chin says

    Do you think coconut milk would be an ok substitute? For those of us that are lactose intolerant? 🙂

  3. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Ugh, that’s too bad You can use blueberries in this as a substitute!

  4. Earl Mckenzie says

    totally suffering a saskatoon berry deficit this year.

  5. J Langevin says

    Karlynn, this is seriously good stuff!  I’m eating it out of the pan right now, can’t put my spoon down! Made with wild-picked-by-hand-while-fighting-off-mosquitos- and-thornbush saskatoons. Simply, easy.  I love your recipes, keep up the good treats.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      J Langevin Awwwwwsome! It’s always better when you pick the berries yourself! I can’t believe that I didn’t think of this recipe before! All those wasted years haha!

  6. KathleenWolff says

    Is there any possible way to substitute the coconut? I adore coconut but my husband has a deep hatred for it. 

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      KathleenWolff You could definitely try, all it does is give it a nice crust on the top and flavor. Since you have berries, there is a lot of delicious taste, so you can try it without coconut for sure! 

  7. Jody L says

    Would this work with Blackberries. I have a s*t load of those in my fridge….large patches free for the picking within  a 5 minute walk, well I am sure you understand…

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Jody L They are heavier than Saskatoons but I would try it!

  8. The Brick Kitchen says

    YAY – I love not having to make a pie crust and still end up with something totally delicious – plus one bowl! Love it! Looking forward to giving it a go when summer berries are around here in the Southern Hemisphere 🙂

  9. Kitchen Frau says

    This looks so wonderful – and EASY! We love impossible pie, and you’ve just made it better! Can’t wait to try it!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Kitchen Frau It is fantastic, I hope you give it a try!

  10. Thalia says

    I’ve never seen saskatoon berries here in Australia! You definitely have got me curious to know what they taste like.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Thalia You’ll just have to come visit Alberta during the summer!

  11. Trish Hallmark says

    Really looking forward to trying this with the fresh picked blue berries here in Florida.

  12. Gracee Osann says

    I like the way you do too…. I’m looking forward to your cookbook!

  13. Gracee Osann says

    Yay!!…. since impossible pie is kinda like pancakes, there is no reason why you can’t eat this for breakfast. Which is perfect! Add some Saskatoon berry syrup and a dollop of whip cream and you have brunch.

  14. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Aaaagh I love owning a website. Yes vanilla for sure!!!

  15. Marion Headrick says

    Just checked and it still isn’t showing, but for sure it’s 1 tsp vanilla?

  16. The Kitchen Magpie says

    It’s been updated to 1 tsp of vanilla, it should be showing I changed it first thing this morning!

  17. Diane McPhee says

    I would also like to know 1 tsp. of what???

  18. giselledenis says

    KitchenMagpie looks so yum! Saskatoon pie is my fave!

  19. ShawnaKnowles says

    Looks delish!!

    But in ingredient list; after the milk, 1 tsp – of what? Vanilla?



  20. Marion Headrick says

    In your recipe for the Impossible Saskatoon pie it says 1 tsp. and then nothing. Vanilla maybe?

  21. Maryann Deutscher says

    Have you tried it with frozen Saskatoon berries? Any advice?

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      Yes, I used frozen! Defrost on a paper towel, pat them slightly then use! I should add that in there.

  22. rjohnson7707 says

    KitchenMagpie I’m sending a request for this to be on the harvest menu !!! #hay15

    • KitchenMagpie says

      rjohnson7707 How will the Harvest be where you are this year?

      • rjohnson7707 says

        KitchenMagpie In SE Sask we were really fortunate to have some timely rain so we’ll be ok. It’s kept the pastures green for my bison

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