Recipe: The Best Light Pumpkin Pie Recipe
The traditional pumpkin pie is ubiquitous this time of the year. This necessitates my homemade version with a twist on this classic pie. My family loves the change to a fall menu and Meals Matter pies, like this low-fat creamy pumpkin pie recipe, had me inspired. I did use a prepared graham cracker crust rather than crushed gingersnaps for a more subdued flavor.
The Registered Dietitian in me is always looking for ways to add more food groups in our meals. This recipe does that with evaporated skim milk from the Milk & Milk Products (Dairy) group, so you know there is plenty of calcium and protein-packed egg whites from the Meat & Beans group as well. I don’t count it as sneaking vegetables into my family’s diet—even though pumpkin is packed with over 150% of the daily vitamin A recommendation—when I proudly state we are eating pumpkin pie. When served at a recent party, we all agreed this truly is the Best Light Pumpkin Pie.
8 inch prepared graham cracker crust
16 oz can pumpkin
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves)
12 oz can evaporated skim milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the pumpkin, egg whites, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and evaporated skim milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour into the crust and bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Store in the refrigerator. Allow to cool and slice in 8 wedges.
Optional: Serve each wedge with fat free whipped cream.
What is your favorite way to top a pumpkin pie?
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.
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