Pono Pies are a result of  the last four years of trying to develop healthy and satisfying desserts that utilize local ingredients to the greatest extent possible. You see, like many Americans, I had a sugar addiction. I would eat healthy most of the time but at the end of the day, I would always crave something sweet, and I mean really CRAVE.

So began my experimentation with healthy, raw and vegan desserts. This, along with research for a talk I gave on Breadfruit (‘Ulu) at a Maui Farmers Union meeting, helped me to realize that Breadfruit embodies sustainability and food security more than any other food crop in Hawaii. Pono Pies are the result of incorporating this amazing fruit with my passion for healthy desserts

They use Maui Grown Breadfruit, Macadamia nuts from Waiehu, Haiku honey, and almond milk as a base. The crust is made from Macadamia nuts, dried coconut, almonds and some honey for sweetness.  They contain no sugar, flour or gluten, eggs, butter or dairy of any kind, and no GMO.

I kept getting such rave reviews that I decided to start a business. I had some really old Surfer magazines, a classic longboard, and some Endless Summer posters I sold to get things started. We’ll see where it takes me but it sure has been a fun journey so far.

The great part of this story is that because of cutting out processed sugar in my diet and replacing it with healthy desserts, the sugar cravings are gone.  I’ve completely lost that insatiable appetite for sugar, and some weight as well. As an added bonus, I’m in a small way helping to restore the rightful place breadfruit once had in our culture here in Hawai’i.

I hope you enjoy eating my pies as much as I do making them (and eating them myself!).

Mahalo nui loa for visiting my site, sincerely, John Cadman

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