Secrets for healthier Key lime piePublished on Mon Jun 08 08:36:00 UTC 2009
When it comes to dessert, give me something with fruit. Sure, I’m sometimes swayed by an especially dark and gooey-sounding chocolate treat, but for the most part I’m a fruit-dessert gal all the way. I love sweet peaches, plums and pears. But it’s really the tartness of many fruits that makes my mouth water. So lemons and limes are obviously in my tasting “sweet” spot. And then there’s Key lime pie. To me this pie is just straight-up genius. And don’t make it sticky-sweet for me, please. I love lots of fabulous puckery lime flavor.
This lightened version of Key lime pie, which appeared in our Comfort Foods Made Healthy cookbook, is a dream. It’s got an easy graham cracker crust, a lightened healthier filling and a fluffy meringue topping that has a fraction of the calories of a whipped-cream topping. Plus it’s super lime-y...pure pleasure.
We tested this healthy Key lime pie quite a few times and no one got tired of it. We lightened the filling with nonfat condensed milk blended with tangy low-fat plain yogurt and continued the makeover with a topping of lovely golden meringue rather than whipped heavy cream. Use Key limes if you can find them, but common Persian limes work as well. Enjoy!
Here are some more fruit desserts to try:
- Sour cherries in Sour Cherry-Fruit Slump and raspberries in Frozen Raspberry Pie are my hands-down favorite.
- Between lemon squares or oatmeal cookies? I’ll take those lemon squares every time!
- When I’m in a rush, I’ll turn to one of these quick 15-minute fruit dessert recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth.