Coconut Pie Recipe: Bring the Tropics to Your Kitchen
Raise your hand if you're in the mood for a sweet treat today? How about some coconut pie? Mmmmmm!
Grass is always greener, which not only pertains to life in general, but to the weather spectrum as well. While half the country is in the midst of a deep freeze, the other half wish it could get out of the sun and romp in the snow. This coconut pie recipe helps you take advantage of all kinds of weather by bringing the flavor of the tropics to your table while providing us with coconut “flakes,” reminiscent of snow and winter weather.
No matter where you are, this pie is a breeze to blend with simple ingredients in your kitchen. You can serve this pie room temperature or cold. The milk provides calcium and protein. The eggs offer more protein which is important for adults and kids to build and maintain strong muscles. I’ve kept the fat lower by using fat-free milk, but if you want to further reduce the fat content, use an egg white product. Personally, I prefer the whole eggs as research shows that saturated fat from whole foods may not be detrimental to heart health.
Coconut Pie Recipe
Makes 8 servings
- 2 cups Fat-free Milk
- 3/4 cups Sugar or sugar substitute
- 1/2 cup Bisquick (heart healthy)
- 4 Eggs
- 1/4 cups Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups sweetened Coconut
- Blend milk, sugar, Bisquick, eggs, butter and vanilla on low for 3 minutes.
- Pour into greased 9 inch pie plate.
- Sprinkle with coconut.
- Bake at 350 for 40 min or until center of pie is set and top is golden brown.
- Store leftover pie in fridge.
Adapted from Baker’s Coconut recipe. Cook’s Note: Add to the tropical taste by serving this pie with sliced mangos. Nutrient analysis with sugar substitute.
Nutrient Information: Calories: 203, Total Fat: 13 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Sodium: 164 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Protein: 6 g, Fiber: <1 g, Calcium: 90 mg
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Trina Robertson, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. As a HealthyEating.org Mom she shares her positive approach to healthy eating with the goal of inspiring others to prepare and enjoy foods from each of the food groups. As a Project Manager with the Dairy Council of California, Trina develops, evaluates, and promotes nutrition education materials for students and adults. At home she enjoys cooking and sharing meals with her family. Her most rewarding accomplishment is that her boys are good eaters and are learning to cook. Follow Trina on Twitter @TrinaR_RD and find more Healthy Eating ideas on Facebook.