Pecan Pie – with a lot less calories

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Maple-Baked Pecan Pie

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
6 egg whites or 3/4 cup nonfat egg substitute
1 tablespoon melted margarine
1 cup light, reduced-calorie pancake syrup
3/4 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
9-in ready pie crust, unbaked

1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour and 1/4 cup egg whites (or egg substitute). Mix smooth and add the rest of the egg whites along with the melted margarine and the reduced-calorie syrup. Do not overmix because air bubbles will form.
3. Place the pecan pieces and the cereal in the pie shell. Put the pie pan onto an oven rack and then pour the filling into the pan over top of the nuts and cereal.
4. Bake until the center is firm, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
5. Cut the pie into 10 pieces and serve warm or chilled. Store leftover pie in the refrigerator.

Variation: You can add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to the filling to make Chocolate Pecan Pie.

Serves 10. Each slice: 245 calories, 12 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Most pecan pies contain upwards of 500 calories per slice. We reduced the calories in this one by using some Grape Nuts cereal in place of pecans, using egg whites, using low-cal maple pancake syrup and cutting in 10 pieces.

Here are illustrations for cutting a pie into 10:

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