{Healthy} Strawberry Cream Pie

May 21st, 2012 § 8 comments

Fresh fruit is a blessing – especially when it comes in the form of ripe, ruby-red strawberries – and even more so when on sale in large quantities.  However, in an instant, strawberries can go from fresh to rotten – which is why I think it’s important to have a strawberry game plan.

So, this week I sliced lots and lots and lots of strawberries to freeze and save for future smoothies and sorbet cravings - but I also wanted to find a good use for the berries right away.  So – of course – I made pie!

Since I didn’t want to make a pie filled with butter and flour, I pieced together a few different recipes to create a delicious and healthy strawberry cream pie that’s perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors. Here’s how I did it:

{Healthy} Strawberry Cream Pie

Makes one 9 inch pie 

  • One flour-less crust {a la Chocolate Covered Katie}
  • One batch of Dukan-friendly pudding
  • As many strawberries as you can find
  • Sweetener of your choice {I used granulated Truvia, but regular sugar or another substitute would work fine}

First, I followed Katie’s recipe for a flour and butter-free pie crust.  The only changes I made to her recipe were to omit the cocoa powder and add a little extra coconut {since I didn’t want to make a chocolate pie} and bake the crust once it was pressed in the pan {I baked my crust at 400 degrees F for about 12 min – this gave it a caramelized, nuttier flavor}.

Then I made my favorite pudding recipe, but I omitted the rum flavoring and cinnamon and added a little more vanilla and a dash of butter flavor instead. Once the pudding was ready, I poured it into the prepared crust and moved it to the fridge to chill completely.

Next, I sliced strawberries lengthwise {I used a lot – maybe 4 pints?} and tossed them in a bowl with a few drops of water and a tablespoon of granulated Truvia sweetener {again, use any sweetener you like, or omit completely – the strawberries are already quite sweet!  I just like the sugar-glazed look}.

Finally I arranged the strawberry slices on the top of the prepared pie in a circular pattern.  At this point, I brought the pie over to my neighbors to be eaten, but I suggest you place it in the fridge for at least a few hours to firm up.  This pie was delicious, but was too soft to cut into true slices since I didn’t chill it further.

Needless to say – it was delicious and there’s none left!!

Enjoy loves!

xxx

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