How delicious is Pumpkin Pie?
I would hope you might agree that pumpkin pie is one of the tastier and healthier food choices during the holidays. When the weather is cooling down, the leaves are falling and winter is in the air, there’s nothing better than pushing a fork through the buttery yet crispy crust of a warm, cinnamon spiced pumpkin pie.
But what happens when you’re on a diet?
I’m sure you have heard or read that pumpkin pie might have too many calories – even if it’s only a few, eliminating any unwanted calories over the festive season really helps maintain your weight. But surrounded by tasty treats, sugar and sweets, you then wonder, “Should I give in or will I regret it as soon as I get on the scale?”
Healthy Pumpkin Pie
The answer is quite simple: you need to cut the calories in your pumpkin pie!
You shouldn’t deprive yourself over the holidays. The goal is to manage your nutrition and weight, not to restrict yourself – that will only lead to unhappiness and potentially falling off your diet altogether! You just need balance.
The question is how to do it? Well, I have a new suggestion for you.
Do it the Mediterranean way.
Pumpkin pie is a common dessert in the Mediterranean, but a little bit different. Here I give you a new recipe for an alternative pumpkin pie with less fat and fewer calories, but a full taste!
For the (double) crust:
– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 tablespoon vinegar
– 1/2 cup corn oil
– 1/2 cup tepid water
– 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
For the filling:
– 6 cups pumpkin (preferably fresh)
– 1/2 cup bulgur or rice
– 1/2 cup corn oil
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1/2 teaspoon ground mace (or nutmeg)
– 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
– 1 teaspoon fine salt
– 2 tablespoon brown sugar
– 1/2 cup raisins
– Walnuts (optionally)
Here’s how to do it
1). Mix all the ingredients of the filling and set aside for 3-4 hours. Then prepare the crust by mixing the ingredients and separate two crust sheets. Make the one a little bit larger and cover a pie pan or dish.
2). Then add the filling you have already prepared and cover with the second crust sheet. Don’t forget to unite the edges of the two crusts.
3). Take a fork and make some holes on the surface.
4). Bake your pie in a pre-heated oven at 350F for about 45 minutes or until it gets a delicious golden brown colour.
Do you want an extra tip to enhance the taste? Serve your pie with 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and cinnamon!
As you see, no eggs, no cream, no butter are used, only healthy and low calories ingredients with less fat and cholesterol.
This way you have cut the pie calories by more than half and you can use them for another healthy dessert!
So don’t lose time. Get in the kitchen and dare to be different! Your friends and family will love you for helping them have a happier, healthier holiday.
I’m sure you’ll love it too!
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