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Just Desserts: Skinny Lemon Cream Pie

By Charlotte on August 26, 2014 12:18 PM

My mom Patsy often snacked on fresh lemons as a girl. Although we've never tried that, Bob and I share her love of their tangy citrus taste.

That's why you'll often find this waistline-friendly pie on our table. Cool and creamy with an addictive lemon zing, it's a spring and summer favorite.  

This lemony favorite is wonderful served with or without fresh berries.

Lemon Pie-600.jpgBesides having great flavor, this no-work dessert is one of my mainstays because it's literally easy as pie to make. You need only six ingredients, including fresh lemons. I never cut corners here. Using fresh lemon juice and zest gives this pie more pizazz. And you don't even have to pull out a mixer!

You need these five ingredients plus Cool Whip Lite to make this treat. Normally, I use a reduced-fat graham cracker crust but Tar-jay, as we say in Colleywood, was out of them. Bummer!

Lemon Pie Ingredients-600.jpgEven with squeezing and zesting the lemons, you can mix and bake this summer-rific treat in about 35 minutes. Let it cool, stash it in the fridge and four hours later, you've got a refreshing dessert.

We adore it topped with a dollup of Cool Whip Lite and fresh strawberries. But you can also use fresh blueberries, a mix of the two or nix the berries altogether and still say "Yum!"


Skinny Lemon Cream Pie

Serves 6-8

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Whisk the Eggbeaters, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate 4 hours.

Top each slice with a spoonful of Cool Whip Lite and about 2 sliced, fresh strawberries before serving. 

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