Healthy Peanut Butter Pie (2 Ways)
Hold on to your seats people. This (secretly healthy) Peanut Butter Pie is going to BLOW your mind!
Believe me when I say this:
This ultra rich, super creamy and amazingly decadent Peanut Butter Pie with a soft Peanut Butter Cookie Crust is… healthy.
YES, it’s HEALTHY. No heavy cream, no countless sticks of butter, no trans fats, and best of all, no refined sugars!! So what used to be a heart attack in a pre-made trans-fat-filled graham cracker crust (I’m talking about you Keebler and Honey Maid!) is now a nutritious, low sugar and high protein snack… I would even consider it a meal. Filled with healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fiber, complete proteins and an array of vitamins and minerals, this pie is so nutritious that you can eat it for breakfast… if you are so inclined… like me 😉
OH, THE CREAMINESS! I can’t, I just can’t find the words to describe the sheer perfection of this pie. So good, so addictive… so good for you that it’s addictive!
I decided to compare the nutrition labels of my healthy recipe to the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. I was totally surprised at how nutritionally balanced my recipe was, I was seriously expecting a lot more calories and fat to be in it knowing how rich and peanut buttery it tasted. But that wasn’t my only surprise… I was absolutely horrified when I saw the Pioneer Woman’s nutrition label.
The Pioneer Woman’s label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits label is on the right:
I originally made both nutrition labels for a generous 1/8th slice of pie. This is the size I prefer and this is the size I usually serve. Anything less just seems skimpy to me. But the huge discrepancy between our labels was a little shocking, so to soften the blow, I reduced the serving size for the Pioneer Woman’s unhealthy recipe from a 1/8th slice to a 1/12th slice (aka, a tiny sliver). Even after reducing the serving size her recipe is still a calorie-/fat-/trans fat-/sugar-bomb.
Like, seriously? A tiny slice of pie with 450 calories, 29g of fat (not to mention, deadly trans fats?!?) and 26g of sugar is a little disconcerting to me. Not one ingredient in that pie is healthy, balanced or nutritious… it’s just sad
To make myself feel better I’m going to have a slice of my pie… be right back!
PHEW! Okay, I feel better now. Life is good.
Would you ever guess by looking at it that this pie is sugar free, low carb, high fiber, high protein and gluten free?! It sounds like I’m describing something like broccoli and steamed chicken, but I assure you, this pie tastes nothing like boring vegetables or dry and overcooked chicken boobs 😉
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About a week after making the pie above ^^^ my family requested the pie to be made again. I mean, that’s no surprise because that pie was damn delicious. It was magnificent. And addicting.
And peanut buttery.
I’m sorry if my brain isn’t really functioning enough to form a cohesive sentence, peanut butter is on my mind. Anyways, my point: my family wanted the pie again but I encountered a little problem along the way…
I RAN OUT OF PEANUT BUTTER.
*runs around house frantically screaming and waving arms and crying and having a mental breakdown*
So I was forced to improvise (once I came to my senses, of course) and made a Peanut Butter Pie without the peanut butter. Yes, it’s possible. And quite honestly, we all liked it just as much as the version above!
What the WHAT? A giant slice of Healthy Peanut Butter Pie with a whopping 40g of protein?!
*peanut butter coma ensued*