light triple coconut cream pie

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I usually like to have some related childhood anecdote or some interesting (to me, at least) story to tell with each recipe I post, but today, I got nothin’. Which is sad really, because this coconut cream pie is probably in my top five favorite recipes ever posted to Wholefully. I should really be doing it justice with some deep and poetic story, but I’m totally blocked.

I have no fond childhood memories about coconut cream pie. No funny stories from college. Nothing. The only thing even close I have is that my Mama always requested coconut cream cake for her birthday. But that’s a whole other type of deliciousness.

Part of it could be because last night, instead of staying home and doing homework and coming up with some narrative about this pie, I skipped out on all of my duties to go to a basketball game. It was totally worth it. Even if I have to live the rest of my days knowing that this superstar recipe is paired with a lackluster write-up.

In case you were wondering, my team totally slaughtered the other guys. And we were underdogs. Love it when that happens!

Alright, let me say what I actually can about this pie.  This one was a huge success! It was so good that I found myself waking up in the morning and immediately thinking about it. That’s a good pie.

The low sugar amount in this filling allows the coconut flavor of the coconut milk to really shine through. Sometimes I feel like pies just taste like straight up sugar, but this one really lets the flavor shine through.

The second part of the “triple” is the coconut whipped cream. Instead of heavy whipping cream, I whipped up coconut milk sweetened with just a touch of confectioner’s sugar. This pie topper gives another layer of coconut-y flavor. Plus, I think it tastes even better than whipped cream. And then to top everything off, I sprinkled on some crunchy, toasty flaked coconut. The rest of the pie is so smooth and creamy that the crunchy stuff is a really interesting change in texture.

This pie is so good that I hope you forgive me for my terrible post. I will hopefully be back tomorrow with a lot more to say.

Light Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Light Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Yield: 8 slices
Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Adapted From: Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 13.5-ounce can of light coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 13.5-ounce can of regular coconut milk, refrigerated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1 prebaked pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons toasted coconut

Instructions

  1. Prepare the custard by whisking together the eggs, flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the skim milk and light coconut milk. Heat until small bubbles begin to form along side of pan (do not boil). Remove from heat. Stream milk slowly into egg mixture while whisking rapidly. When all the milk is added, return mixture to the saucepan over low heat. Simmer until thick and bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, transfer to a heatproof bowl and stash in fridge or freezer until custard is room temperature. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. To prepare the whipped cream, spoon out the top cream portion of the refrigerated coconut cream into the bowl of a mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in vanilla and confectioner's sugar.
  5. To assemble pie, pour cooled custard into crust. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until custard is cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

 

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.
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