A Delicious Healthy Pie Recipe for the Whole Family

Post Date: September 2019  |  Category: Seasonal

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The holiday season is full of traditions, from family and friends to plenty of food, including all your favorite decadent desserts. However, with New Year's resolutions just around the corner, the timing for indulging in sweet treats could be better. If you can't say no to a slice of pie, but don't want to derail your goals for a better diet, this healthy pie recipe will guarantee that you don't have to skip the sweets. By using heart-healthy vegetable oil to replace the extra calories from butter and shortening, you can have your pie and eat it too—totally guilt-free.

Crunchy Pumpkin Pie

Crust

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil (such as canola)
  • 1 tbsp. water

Filling

¼ cup brown sugar, packed
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
4 tsp. vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
⅔ cup evaporated skim milk

For the crust

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Mix oats, flour, almonds, sugar, and salt in small mixing bowl.
Blend oil and water in measuring cup with fork or small wire whisk until emulsified.
Add oil mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
Press into 9-inch pie pan and bake for eight to 10 minutes, or until light brown.

For the filling

Turn oven to 350 degrees F.
To prepare filling, mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
Add egg and vanilla, and mix to blend.
Add pumpkin and milk; stir to combine.
Pour filling into prepared pie shell and bake 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Serves nine

Per Serving: Calories–169, fat–7 g, calories from fat–37 percent, cholesterol–24 mg, sodium–207 mg, carbohydrates–22 g

Looking for some other healthier pie recipe swaps?

  • Replace a traditional lattice crust with an oatmeal crumble topping to save on fat and calories.
  • Swap cream for evaporated skim milk to keep a creamy consistency without the calories.
  • Opt for pumpkin pie when you can. Not only is it lower in calories when compared with apple, but it's packed with vitamin A.
  • Bring your own pie to a gathering or dinner. If you know you have a healthier option available, you'll be less tempted by the other sweets and treats on the dessert table.

It's OK to save room for pie, especially when you've made a healthier version. By cutting calories when you can and choosing a healthier pie crust, you can let yourself enjoy a delicious seasonal classic. After all, if you can't indulge during the holidays, when can you?