• Heart-friendly Valentine’s Day treat

    Posted on January 27th, 2012 Teresa No comments

    With Valentine’s Day approaching in just a couple of weeks, I’m already on the hunt for a special dessert. But like so many, there are dietary limitations and I have to hunt a little harder for desserts that are both heart-friendly and don’t include gluten. That’s a tall order, but luckily the American Heart Association had some recipes on their site, including this delight:

    Berry-Topped Pudding Pie.

    Canola or corn oil for pie pan
    2 large egg whites
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup sugar
    3/4 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
    1 small package fat-free, sugar-free instant lemon or vanilla pudding mix, prepared with 2 cups cold fat-free milk
    12 ounces fresh berries or other fruit, sliced if needed
    1/2 cup fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed (optional)

    Cooking Instructions
    Preheat the oven to 300°F. Pour a small amount of oil onto a paper towel and lightly wipe the bottom and side of an 8- or 9-inch pie pan.

    In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, and salt on medium speed until foamy. With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar in a slow, steady stream, until stiff peaks form. (The peaks shouldn’t fold over when the beater is lifted.) Very gently fold in 1/2 cup of the nuts.

    Using a flexible spatula or rubber scraper, spread the meringue over the bottom and up the side of the pie pan and onto the lip of the pan, but not over the edge of the pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with the remaining nuts.

    Bake for 50 minutes, or until the meringue is firm and lightly browned. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely, at least 2 hours.

    Using the package directions, prepare the pudding. Spread over the cooled crust. Arrange the fruit decoratively over the pudding. Top with the whipped topping.

    Note: In warm weather, meringues will get gummy after a few days, so it’s best to serve this dessert within 24 hours.

    Nutritional Analysis Per serving
    Calories Per Serving 169
    Total Fat 6.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
    Sodium 223 mg
    Carbohydrates 25 g
    Fiber 3 g
    Sugar 18 g
    Protein 5 g

    Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat

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