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Reduced-Sugar Pineapple-Coconut Chess Pie

By Charlotte on March 24, 2017 6:58 AM

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Bob's been battling bruises. He mashed his hand really good while moving our dryer (ouch!). So like a good little wife, I googled natural ways to help heal his hurts.

Some of the remedies sounded far-fetched. Could taping a banana peel to the bruise overnight really make a difference? I'll never know because my hubby called that crazy. How about drinking pineapple juice or eating pineapple to help speed recovery? Hello! That was interesting. Even if it didn't work, it gave me a great excuse to make this scrumptious, tropical-flavored chess pie.

Besides being loaded with pineapple goodness, this southern-inspired gem is super simple to make and it's one of our all-time favorite desserts.

You only need 10 ingredients to whip up this winner and one of those is salt. In my book, that doesn't even count so let's make that nine items: Truvia baking blend, cornmeal, flour, eggs, vanilla, margarine, canned pineapple, flaked coconut and a refrigerated pie crust. The baking blend contains zero-calorie Truvia natural sweetener and granulated sugar. I like using it because you get the sugar-like taste and texture we all love but only 75 percent of the calories. Nice!

Using canned pineapple, a refrigerated pie crust and other simple ingredients takes the work out of making this flavor-packed pie.

Chess Pie Ingredients - 600.jpgI also prefer eggs at room temperature so they mix better with the other makings. To get there, set the eggs out about half an hour before beginning or put them in a bowl of warm (not hot) water until they lose that cold feel - about 10 minutes.

Then give yourself around an hour and 15 minutes to complete this dish. That's 15 minutes to mix things up, put the crust in a pie plate so it looks homemade (don't you just love taking shortcuts?) and pour in the filling. Then an hour in the oven while you make dinner, catch up on Facebook or watch the news.

Especially yummy served warm, this delightful pie may not cure bruises or anything else that ails you but it's a sweet prescription the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Reduced-Sugar Pineapple-Coconut Chess Pie

Serves 6-8

  • Coconut Pineapple Pie - 600.jpg3/4 cups Truvia Baking Blend
  • 3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, unbaked

Preheat oven to 350°.

Let eggs come to room temperature.

Mix Truvia, cornmeal, flour and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Fold in melted margarine, well-drained pineapple and coconut.

Place refrigerated crust in a 9-inch pie plate. Pour filling into unbaked crust.

Bake 1 hour or until a knife comes out clean. Cover the pie with foil after about 40 minutes to keep it from getting too brown.

Cool on a wire rack and serve warm. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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