Attempt at Light Coconut Pie, Take 1

After picking up a recipe for Key Lime Pie at my Weight Watchers meeting last week, I decided to think of variations to the basic recipe to make it a coconut pie for my upcoming luau. After a little searching online, though, I found a recipe for Light Coconut Pie that promised to be just what I was looking for.

I assembled the no-bake pie this afternoon, ramping up the “light” part even more than the recipe said: lowfat graham cracker crust, Splenda instead of sugar, and Cool Whip Free (which just tastes like Cool Whip to me). After the pie was assembled and cooling/setting in the fridge, I did the math to see how many points one piece of pie would be.

Damn you, sweetened coconut flakes. Damn you to hell.

We were even at Claudia’s Natural Food Market this weekend, and saw unsweetened organic coconut, and didn’t buy it, thinking that it was a little over-the-top… and not realizing that Meijer only sold sweetened coconut. Turns out that the sweetened coconut flakes added the most calories to the pie overall.

One piece of “light” coconut pie? EIGHT points. That’s one-eighth of a normal-sized pie. Not exactly “light” in my book, but certainly lighter than a normal dessert, I suppose.

Guess I’ll have to do a little more experimenting, and try the unsweetened coconut next time. I’m sure I’ll have a passably light coconut pie by luau time.

5 thoughts on Attempt at Light Coconut Pie, Take 1

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  1. Sounds good! I would bet that it’s the coconut that adds all the extra points. It’s pretty high in fat. Although, you could always give your sweetened coconut a rinse in the colander before using it…or you could grate your own…I may have to think about this a bit more. 🙂

  2. Fear not – I will know (and possibly display) Points values for all food at the luau! Just stay away from the macaroni-potato salad (included in the menu for authenticity’s sake).