|nothing but love for this tasty lime pie :)|
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.
|The Jello makes it really green.|
Also when this sets, it becomes firm/ kind of jiggly.
|Here is the amazing, delicious, guilt-free, healthy, low calorie dessert!|
It really is as good as I am making it sound!!! ;)
* 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