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I have a ton of pecans and I would love to make a healthier version of pecan pie. Does anyone have one? I know it won't be vegan because I am pretty sure you need the eggs for the custard filling. What about soy instead of dairy? Also, maple syrup instead or corn syrup?<br><br>
Anyone?<br><br>
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I'm watchin' this thread, cause pecan pie is my favorite <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">. So scrumptious!!! And so autumnal!!!<br><br>
I don't have a healthy pecan pie recipe. But I'm actually looking for one that's lower in fat. I might do an internet search.
 

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I did some internet research on vegan pecan pie, and thought you could use some of the ideas in these recipes to experiment and make up your own healthy pecan pie recipe. If I were to try to make the standard recipe healthier, I would focus on: using something besides corn syrup, no margarine or shortening in the pie or the crust (bad trans fats), making a healthier crust (maybe graham cracker crumbs).<br><br>
Here are some ideas to get you started:<br><br><a href="http://www.veganmania.com/pages/choco_pecan_pie_.htm" target="_blank">http://www.veganmania.com/pages/choco_pecan_pie_.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/library/holidays/blpecanpie.htm" target="_blank">http://vegetarian.about.com/library/...blpecanpie.htm</a>
 

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I'm pretty opinionated about this subject, so here goes: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I will personally be shocked if there is a healthy yet scrumptious pecan pie recipe out there. As you noted, eggs are necessary to make the custard. And though maple syrup might add an interesting and likely good flavor to the pie, if you did a direct substitution you'd likely lose some of the unctious consistency that is the hallmark of a good pecan pie. Some butter and brown sugar are also necessary for both consistency and flavor (though maybe maple syrup could be used in part to replace some of the brown sugar and a bit of the corn syrup)<br><br>
A graham cracker crust would, IMO, not be good at all (in fact: *blech*). Use butter for the crust, rather than shortening. And you can also use whole wheat pastry flour for half your flour, with no unpleasant effect.<br><br>
That being said, I have a kickass pecan pie recipe that is NOT dietetic and makes no apologies with respect to fat, calories, cholesterol and the rest. Anyone who wants it can PM me.
 
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