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May 21, 2011

Coconut Cream Pie

Whole pie, with hazelnuts
I have to admit, I'm not a huge coconut cream pie fan. I like them, but will usually opt for lemon meringue or banana cream. But I had a couple of friends who asked for a coconut cream pie recipe that is healthier than average. (also... my meringue fell a bit while cooling due to extremely damp weather today).

1 c. Splenda, granulated
1/4 c. potato flour
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1 pinch nutmeg (literally a pinch between thumb and forefinger)
3 c. skim milk
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. plain nonfat yogurt
1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
2 Tbsp. hazelnuts, finely chopped (optional)

Combine Splenda, potato flour, vanilla powder, and nutmeg in a 2 qt. sauce pan. Gradually add milk, whisking until well combined. Cook over med-high heat until thick and bubbling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Beat egg whites and egg slightly. Add 1 cup of hot mixture slowly into eggs, whisking quickly to prevent eggs cooking. Add egg mix into saucepan, again whisking well. Cook over med-high heat, bringing to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to cook at a boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add olive oil and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add yogurt, whisking constantly until combined. Pour immediately into pre-baked pie shell. Recipe here.

Cover with Meringue (recipe here). Optional - Sprinkle additional coconut and hazelnuts onto top of meringue. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. Chill before serving.

Serves 8

Filling only (plus optionals)

Calories - 166
Carbohydrates - 18g
Sugars - 7g
Fiber - 2g
Fat - 9g
Saturated Fat - 6g
Cholesterol - 29mg
Protein - 7g
Sodium - 93mg

Complete pie (per 1/8 pie serving, 170 gr.)

Calories - 336
Carbohydrates - 35g
Sugars - 7g
Fiber - 4g
Fat - 18g
Saturated Fat - 7g
Cholesterol - 29mg
Protein - 12g
Sodium - 129mg

Compare to Coconut Cream Pie per per 1/8 pie serving

Calories - 429
Carbohydrates - 54g
Sugars - 52g
Fiber - 2g
Fat - 24g
Saturated Fat - 10g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Protein - 3g
Sodium - 367mg

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