Everyone loves pie, but nobody wants to deal with the fact that a single slice can have well over 1,000 calories. So we turned to the Internet in search of healthier pie recipes for the holiday season. There, we quickly learned that making pie healthy is not, in fact, as easy as pie.
The common tactics used to make healthier pies read like a list of the worst things that could ever happen to baked goods taste-wise, like using applesauce instead of butter, swapping sugar for artificial sweeteners (see the risks of sucralose here), and even eliminating the crust entirely. Is pie even pie without those flaky pastry layers?
But don't opt for that sad crustless pie just yet—or succumb to two slices of Grandma's Bourbon-packed pecan-chocolate disaster. These 8 super-clever recipes from the blogosphere make just a few small tweaks to your favorite holiday classics to give you pies that are cleaner and healthier but still have that irresistible, awesome pie taste. (Want to pick up some healthier habits? Sign up to get slimming recipes delivered straight to your inbox!)
Clean Eating Pecan Pie
Using almond flour in the crust adds fiber and protein, and blending whole dates into the filling cuts down on refined sugar. Plus, blogger Sherri Hagymas of To Simply Inspire, who developed this recipe, is a certified pecan pie devotee from the South—and if she approves of this cleaned-up version, you know it's gonna be good. Get the full recipe right here.
Nutella Banana Cream Pie
How do you improve on the classic banana cream pie? By adding Nutella, of course—but not the super-sugary stuff they sell at the store. This recipe from A Clean Bake uses a homemade version of the chocolate-hazelnut spread, plus a from-scratch banana pudding that's flavored with real mashed bananas. It takes some time and some work, but just look at the end result. Here's the full recipe.
Silk Chocolate Pie
We're guessing you don't need another reason to love avocados, but here's one anyway: They make incredibly rich, delicious chocolate pies chock full of healthy monounsaturated fats. This version from Making Thyme for Health blends the creamy green fruit with coconut milk for ultimate silkiness. The whipped cream on top is made from coconut milk, too, meaning the end result is totally vegan. Here's the recipe.
Candy Cane Pudding Pie
Chocolate Covered Katie's festive dessert features maple syrup for sweetness, silken tofu for creamy texture, and just a bit of peppermint extract for the full candy cane flavor experience. The best part? No oven required. Get the recipe right here.
Purple Sweet Potato Pie
Yep, purple sweet potatoes are an actual thing, and they make the most showstopping pie we've ever seen. But if you can't find purple taters, don't worry: Plain orange ones work just fine, and the recipe is still brimming with flavorful, healthy ingredients, like shredded coconut and honey in the crust and coconut milk, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice in the filling. Get all the details from The Endless Meal right here.
Clean Classic Apple Pie
Amy's Healthy Baking keeps it totally traditional with this apple pie. The crust is made from whole wheat flour and butter, and the apple filling has just 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (not the usual truckload of white sugar). Our favorite part: You can make the filling in the slow cooker ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to a week! Find the full recipe right here.
Sweet Potato Pie With Lemon Zest
Looking for a more traditional take on sweet potato pie? An Appetite for Joy has got you covered with this clean, seven-ingredient recipe, featuring real butter and unrefined coconut sugar. Here's the recipe.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
PB fiends will love this pie's combo of creamy peanut butter filling and roasted peanut garnish on top. You even get a double hit of chocolate: The drizzle on top is made from melted dark chocolate chips, and there's a hint of cocoa powder in the oat-and-almond gluten-free crust. Here's the complete recipe from Eat Good 4 Life.
Source : https://www.prevention.com/food-nutrition/a20488463/8-surprisingly-healthy-holiday-pies/