16 November, 2016

Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust

Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust
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Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust

The search is over!!!  You will never need to use fat in your graham cracker crusts anymore.  Let’s make the foods that you crave lighter and healthier so that you can enjoy them in moderation and never feel deprived again.  Remember, depriving yourself only leads to cheating on your healthy eating plan, and we don’t want that.  So enjoy desserts with a graham cracker crust with my “Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust” recipes.  I have created two versions for you, original and chocolate.  Both recipes are ideal for cheesecakes and chilled pies and any recipe that calls for the use of a graham cracker crust. Both “Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust” recipes will fill a 9-inch deep dish pie pan and a 9-inch springform pan on the bottom and up the sides to about 1.5 inches.  These recipes are perfect for making mini cheesecakes in muffin tins and can be used in a variety of recipes that call for a crumb topping. If you love these “Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust” recipes, please share with your friends and family.  If you write a blog and would like to use/adapt these “Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust” recipes, please be kind enough to mention where the recipe originated and send a link back to my website page.  I would be very happy to showcase your recipe and create a link back to your website page as well.

Chef Meg’s, “Best Ever Light Pumpkin Cheesecake” with her “Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust”.

Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust

 

Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 pie crust for 9-inch Springform Or Pie Pan
  • Serving size: 1/16 Pie Crust
  • Calories: 44 Kcal/44 Kcal
  • Fat: 1g/1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g/0g
  • Unsaturated fat: 1g/1g
  • Trans fat: 0g/0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5g/8g
  • Sugar: 3.5g/3.5g
  • Sodium: 65mg/73mg
  • Fiber: 1g/0.3g
  • Protein: 1g/1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg/0mg
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Ingredients
  • Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 9 full sheets of low fat graham crackers, or 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs (I used Honey Maid low fat cinnamon) [GF Folks, use gluten free graham crackers]
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon molasses, honey, agave nectar, pure maple syrup or corn syrup
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Low Fat Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 1 package (9 full cracker sheets) low fat chocolate graham crackers, or 1½ cup crushed chocolate wafers or sandwich cookies without the filling (I used Honey Maid brand chocolate graham crackers)
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules (optional, but enhances chocolate flavor)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon molasses, honey, agave nectar, pure maple syrup or corn syrup
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Instructions for the Original "Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust"
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place a rack in the middle of the oven.
  3. Grind the graham crackers, cinnamon and salt into a food processor then place crumbs into a large bowl. If you using the graham cracker crumbs, place them along with the cinnamon and salt into a large bowl and toss to mix.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white with the remaining ingredients until smooth and the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour mixture over the graham cracker crumbs and toss and combine until all crumbs are coated. Break apart any larger clumps.
  5. Gently and evenly distribute the crumbs into the pan. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and sides of the pan. Make sure that when pressing the graham cracker crumbs into the pan that you have completely clean and dry hands and a few clean and dry flat bottom measuring cups or glasses on hand. If the crumbs start to stick to your hands or the measuring cups or glasses, it is time to reach for another clean and dry tool.
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Once the crust has slightly moved away from the sides and the top of the crust when touched has formed together and warm and dry to the touch, your crust will be done. Remove the crust from the oven and let cool. The crust will firm up as it cools.
  7. Instructions for the Chocolate "Low Fat Graham Cracker Crust"
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place a rack in the middle of the oven.
  9. Grind the chocolate graham crackers or other cookies mentioned, coffee granules and salt into a food processor then place crumbs into a large bowl.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white with the remaining ingredients until smooth and the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour mixture over the graham cracker crumbs and toss and combine until all crumbs are coated. Break apart any larger clumps.
  11. Gently and evenly distribute the crumbs into the pan. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and sides of the pan. Make sure that when pressing the graham cracker crumbs into the pan that you have completely clean and dry hands and a few clean and dry flat bottom measuring cups or glasses on hand. If the crumbs start to stick to your hands or the measuring cups or glasses, it is time to reach for another clean and dry tool.
  12. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Once the crust has moved slightly away from the sides and the top of the crust when touched has formed together and is warm and dry to the touch, your crust will be done. Remove the crust from the oven and let cool. The crust will firm up as it cools.
Notes
Note that the first numbers in the Nutrition Information are the data on the original recipe and the second numbers are the data on the chocolate version. Serving size is based on a 9-inch cheesecake with 16 servings.

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