Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LOW Calorie Key Lime Pie

nothing but love for this tasty lime pie :)
Is it possible to make a regular sized dessert pie with 8 servings and only 52.25 calories (I figured it out exactly!) a slice and actually taste good?  Yes!!  I spent a lot of time researching recipes and probably ended up combining 4-5 different recipes.  And even still some of those things I didn't like so I just made my own.

My goal was to make a fat free, sugar free key lime pie.  Casey loves key lime pie and has been asking for it for a while.  I have basically just steered clear of anything pie because the crust is SO high calorie.  That was my first step to figure out.  I basically ended up reading several ideas for how to make a fat free pie crust and then just combined everything to make my own pie crust because on all the options I read about, there would be something (high calorie, weird, too much work) that I didn't like.  This is a great fat-free, low calorie pie crust recipe and could be used with several other types of pies! :)

And it is pretty much a standard that key lime pie uses sweet and condensed milk.  That was not going to work for me either.  Most low calorie recipes I read used cool whip in place of the milk.  Ok so that was better.  (And you certainly could use that instead of the cream cheese that I did--I might try it sometime, it would have a different, fluffier texture!)  But we just bought fat free cool whip and I was kind of in the mood for something different.  Plus I wanted something that would create a thicker texture.  Introducing Fat Free Cream Cheese!!!  No--this is NOT neufatel cheese (that is what people normally buy then they are trying to eat healthy).  Fat Free only comes in Philadelphia brand, the box is green; I bought ours at Macey's.

I decided this recipe could be called "Fiber One Key Lime" or "Light & Luscious Key Lime" --doesn't that last option sound the best? :)  I really enjoyed this pie and will FOR SURE be making it again in the future! :D

1 1/4 c. Fiber One Bran Cereal, divided
1/4 c. Langers Zero Sugar Added Apple Juice
1/3 c. boiling water
1 (3 oz) Sugar Free Lime Jello
4 oz Fat Free Cream cheese, softened
2 (4 oz each) Fiber One Key Lime Yogurt  (I'm not trying to promote Fiber One now with the cereal AND yogurt!  That is the kind of yogurt I eat though because I like the smaller serving size and it is lower calorie than Light Activa.  You could for sure use ~ 1 c. of any other kind of key lime yogurt that you want.  Just realize that the calorie count will change as you use different yogurts.)

Using a food processor, crush 1 c. of cereal until it resembles graham cracker crumbs.  (Be warned, this takes FOREVER!  Maybe that is why it is so healthy for you because it is hard to crush/ digest??)  Pour the crumbs into a separate bowl and stir in the apple juice.  Pour the mixture into a lightly greased regular sized pie pan.  (I guess mine is a 9" Pyrex Pan?)  Pat the mixture out to cover the bottom and sides.  Use the food processor to again crush the 1/4 c. of cereal to crumbs.  Sprinkle the dry crumbs on top of the wet mixture and use that to help pat it into place.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350*F.  Cool completely before adding the filling.
My crust cracked a little... honestly you could not tell in the final pie.
You could one and a half or double the recipe if you wanted it to be a little thicker.
Dissolve the jello into the boiling water (yes it is purposefully has very little water).  Set aside and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth then beat in the yogurt until creamy and one consistent texture.  Pour the liquid jello into the creamy mixture and beat again to mix.
The Jello makes it really green.
Also when this sets, it becomes firm/ kind of jiggly.
 Pour lime sauce into the pie crust.  Refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.  (Ours was in for all of the afternoon and into the evening but I touched it much earlier and it had set!)  Yields: 8 servings of an amazing, delicious, guilt-free, healthy, low calorie dessert.
Here is the amazing, delicious, guilt-free, healthy, low calorie dessert!
It really is as good as I am making it sound!!! ;)
Options:
* Use more yogurt than called for to make the pie thicker
* Serve with a dollop of fat free cool whip--we didn't want to have to buy it so ours is plain
* Instead of using cool whip on top, you could spread one more key lime yogurt over the top or a combination of yogurt cool whip (this is probably how I am going to try it in the future--yes it will add a few more calories but I think it needs it)
* Add fresh slices of a lime to make it fancier
* Try other flavors like peach or strawberry
* I am thinking that Cheerio crumbs would probably work just as well--and be cheaper.
* I might try adding a little bit of splenda and/or cinnamon to the pie crust to make it sweeter
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

omg im doind a report on key lime pie and your recipe was sooooo helpful thank you soooo much!