Recipe: Zest Nutrition’s Lemon Yogurt Cream Pie

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When she’s not helping kiddos eat better by day as a registered dietitian or running around with Team LUNA Chix Portland Run on Monday evenings, Megan Fuetterer can often be found in her kitchen concocting some pretty amazing so-good-you-won’t-believe-they’re-actually-good-for-you recipes.

Case in point: this pumpkin pie, which landed her on the TODAY show in Joy Bauer’s “Too Good To Be Healthy” holiday pie competition.

Megan, along with her business partner Anna Rossinoff, founded Zest Nutrition, which is dedicated to helping women shed the guilt and overcome the struggle with food. Zest’s mission is to take a whole-foods approach to eating to support women in accomplishing health goals and truly loving their bodies, so they can spend less time in their heads and more time in their hearts.

This Lemon Yogurt Cream Pie that Megan created is one such example; she wanted a treat for breakfast one morning, so she whipped up something that’s sweetened with honey, nestled in a whole-wheat crust and packed with protein from a yogurt base. Go ahead, and indulge without guilt!

Zest Nutrition’s Lemon Yogurt Cream Pie

For the Crust

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup softened coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions:

  1. Using a hand mixer, mix the flour, salt and oil together until you have good-looking crumbs.
  2. Add water and continue to mix. If your crust is too crumbly, continue to add water until you get the right consistency.
  3. Press crust into a the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan. You might have some leftover crust depending on how thin you make it.
  4. Bake your crust at 450F for 10 minutes. Let cool before adding pie filling.

For the Homemade Lemon Curd

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Mix together eggs, honey and lemon zest in a nonstick saucepan or pot.
  2. Heat over low heat, then add coconut oil and continue to stir.
  3. Once melted, stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes until it thickens.
  5. Let cool before adding to pie filling.

For the Filling

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (Megan recommends 2%)
  • 1 1/2 cup homemade lemon curd (recipe above)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Mix together yogurt, lemon curd, honey and vanilla.
  2. Put the water and gelatin in a microwave safe bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Then microwave for 10 seconds until gelatin is dissolved and immediately whisk the hot gelatin into yogurt mixture.
  3. Pour into pie crust, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours to allow pie to set up.
  4. Add any toppings or garnish as desired…enjoy!

Megan’s secret to making this pie pop is the addition of homemade lemon curd, which is actually much easier to make that you’d think (I even added a few key limes we had on hand to give it extra zip).

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Ben and I couldn’t wait the full six hours for the pie to set, so we dove in after about four, topping it with fresh berries and devouring it as dessert.

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Of course, by morning it was even better — not only did the filling fully set, but the lemon-lime flavor also mellowed out a tad. Start your morning off with a slice and a cup of coffee, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good day!

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Pie for breakfast: Yay or nay? 

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