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Fresh strawberry pie is a gorgeous, lush, wholesome and creamy dessert that’s as luscious as it looks. Better yet–it won’t blow your diet.
The Backstory: This show-stopper dessert (seriously, how gorgeous is it?!) is actually as good for you as it is easy on the eyes. The star of the pie–fresh strawberries–are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, are high in fiber, and can actually help lower your cholesterol. Now that’s a fresh take on dessert! More of the Backstory after the recipe…
Fresh Strawberry Pie
- 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
- 2 1/2 tsp. powdered unflavored gelatin
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 lb. low-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, low-fat, thawed
- 1 1/2 tbsp. strawberry jelly
- 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- 2 lbs. strawberries, hulled and cut in half
Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the yogurt and press onto the bottom of a non-stick springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes and let cool.
In a small bowl, mix the water and vanilla extract. Sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid and let stand for 1 minute.
Add 1/4 cup boiling water to the gelatin mixture and stir constantly until the granules are completely dissolved. Set aside.
Beat the cream cheese, and powdered sugar until very smooth and creamy.
Slowly add the gelatin to the beating cream cheese.
Add about 1/3 of the thawed whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture to loosen up the batter. Fold the rest of the whipped topping into the batter and pour into the graham cracker crust.
Smooth the top and refrigerate at least six hours.
Melt the strawberry jelly and mix the lemon juice. Cool the mixture and toss in the strawberry halves.
Arrange berry halves over the pie. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
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…The Backstory continues: My recipe lightens up traditional pie by replacing butter and shortening with with good-for-ingredients like low-fat yogurt and low-fat cream cheese but you won’t notice a difference in taste. You’ll be too busy licking your fork and smiling a great big, satisfied grin.
You can find other mouth-watering recipes like this in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Beef Brisket with Gravy to Orange Cinnamon French Toast with Strawberry Sauce — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!