Peanut Butter Pie Gets A Makeover

We had a very small, simple Easter celebration this year and I wanted a special low-fat dessert to serve.  I found this recipe for frozen peanut butter pie from Cooking Light at My Recipes.com.  It is a full flavored peanut butter pie, but only has 259 calories per slice.  The best part is that it was easy to make.

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 8 1/2 cookie sheets)
  • 7 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup shaved milk chocolate (about 1 ounce)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and egg whites; toss with a fork until moist. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Prick crust with a fork before baking. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack.

Low fat cream cheese can save calories and some brands are so good you won't even notice.

Low fat cream cheese can save calories and some brands are so good you won’t even notice.

Combine milk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly; transfer mixture to a bowl. Add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring with a whisk until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Peanut butter mixture

Peanut butter mixture.

Place cream cheese in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter milk mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Fold in whipped topping.

Cream cheese mixture.

Cream cheese mixture.

Pour mixture into prepared piecrust. Freeze, uncovered, 8 hours or overnight or until hard.

Peanut butter pie ready for the freezer.

Peanut butter pie ready for the freezer.

Sprinkle with nuts or shaved chocolate. Transfer pie to refrigerator 30 minutes before slicing.

Slice of frozen peanut butter pie.

Slice of frozen peanut butter pie.

Nutritional Information per serving:

Yields 10 servings.  Calories – 259; Calories from fat – 30%; Fat – 8.7g; Saturated fat – 1.9g; Monounsaturated fat – 3.8g; Polyunsaturated fat – 2g; Protein – 9.4g; Carbohydrates – 35.5g; Fiber – 1.6g; Cholesterol – 35.5g; Iron – 2 mg; Sodium – 249 mg; Calcium – 136 mg

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