Our family LOVES pie and my sister is the master at making absolute delicious (and lower calorie) pies. For this special holiday, we would like to share with you one of our all time favorite recipes, our 4th of July Strawberry Pie! It isn’t the healthiest pie you can make, but I believe we are allowed to splurge every once in awhile!
Total time 1hr 15min
Hands on 35 min
25 chocolate wafers (try to find healthiest version at your health food stores)
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 teaspoons canola oil
6 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups fat free cool whip (thawed)
2 tablespoons seedless strawberry fruit puree
1 tablespoon Chambord (raspberry-flavored liqueur)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 pound small organic strawberries, cut in half
1. Place chocolate wafers in a food processor, and process until finely ground. Place the chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds or until chocolate melts, stirring every 15 seconds. Add melted chocolate and oil to processor; process until well combined. Gently press the mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate or removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Place in freezer 15 minutes or until set.
2. Place cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Carefully spread over bottom of crust. Place fruit spread in a large microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 10 seconds or until softened. Add Chambord and juice; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add berry halves; toss to combine. Arrange berry halves over pie. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.