Are You in Pie Mode?

fresh baked apple pie on the counter

Are you in pie mode? Round amazing looking desert things. You know pies. You love pies. But what’s the deal with eating pie?

Reality is that some classic holiday pies like Pecan are well over a whopping 500 calories a serving. One way to not completely kill your diet is to have a smaller piece. Another idea to cut the calorie hit is to pick a fruit pie instead.

How Do Pies Stack UP?

  • Pecan Pie is 541 calories per serving, 22g fat, 34g sugar    What?  Yes.
  • Chocolate Cream Pie is 399 calories per serving, 25g of fat, 31g sugar
  • Pumpkin Pie is 323 calories, 13g of fat, 25g sugar

Here is a tip about pumpkin pie for you.

The crust is the big guilty part of this pie. If you have just the pumpkin filling of your slice, you are saving about 150 calories.

  • Lemon Meringue is 303 calories, 10g fat, 27g sugar
  • Apple Cranberry is 277 calories, 13g of fat, 18g sugar

A Tip To Lower The Carbs

I have successfully swapped out sugar and replaced it with Lakanato in many dessert recipes and my family couldn’t tell the difference.

Another tip is to use super-ripe fruit without a bunch of sugar added. Sometimes the produce aisle is not helpful for this, but you can try a mix of dry fruit and frozen fruit. Both of those options are healthier than canned fruit filling from the store.

A healthy swap out when making your own crust is to use either olive oil or coconut oil. 

Use almond flour crust instead of traditional white flour. There are several recipes for almond flour pie crusts. The flour, sweetener, salt, add-ins, fat, and even egg are all customizable, up to a point. This is pretty convenient, so you can often make it with what you have on hand.

Any tipping of the cooking process towards the healthier side gives you room to enjoy without as many adverse effects on your health journey.

Here is a quick almond flour crust recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ¼ teaspoon Redmonds sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, or salted butter, cold
  • 1 large egg

Instructions:

  • Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse briefly
  • Add coconut oil and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball
  • Press dough into a 9-inch glass pie dish
  • Bake at 350°F for 8-12 minutes

With this almond flour crust recipe, there are many variations you can create such as tarts, mini pies, and cobbler.

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