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    Bake a Healthier Pie

    Whether you’re preparing dessert for a holiday feast or a special treat for a weekend dinner, a pie is sure to please family and friends. Trouble is, traditional pie crusts that are made with lard, shortening, or butter are high in calories and fat. The good news? You can prepare tasty and healthy crusts using a small amount of vegetable oil instead, just like in this recipe.


    Crunchy Pumpkin Pie



    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



    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 the small mixing bowl.
    Blend oil and water in measuring cup with a 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.
    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




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