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Why not whip up one of these tasty treats for the pie lover in your life?
You Will Need
- Single crust
- Whole wheat pastry flour
- Canola oil
- Low-fat buttermilk or fat-free cream cheese
- Sugar substitute
- Fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- Evaporated skimmed milk
- Low-fat or light cream cheese
- Low-fat vanilla ice cream or low-fat whipped topping
- Cookie crumbs (optional)
- Fruit (optional)
Use a single crust
Use only a single bottom crust, which will save you 120 calories and 8 grams of fat per slice of an eight-slice, 9-inch pie.
Swap white flour
Swap half the white flour in your crust recipe with whole wheat pastry flour. You'll gain 1-1/2 grams of fiber per slice.
Use good fat
Use a pie crust recipe that calls for oil instead of shortening and use a healthy oil, like canola. Use less than called for and substitute the rest with low-fat buttermilk or fat-free cream cheese.
Reduce the amount of sugar in your pie filling by half or replace half with sugar substitute.
Cut filling fat
Cut the butter in your filling -- which can normally go up to a half a cup -- to about two tablespoons. Use fat-free sweetened condensed milk in recipes that call for sweetened condensed milk and evaporated skimmed milk in recipes that call for evaporated milk. Try low-fat or light cream cheese in place of the full-fat variety.
Top it off
Top your healthy pie off with low-fat vanilla ice cream or fat-free whipped topping and dig in.