Celebrate National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day the Healthy Diabetic Way

Enjoy a lighter version of chocolate pecan pie if you have diabetesHurray, it’s National Chocolate Pecan Pie day, a luxurious day to celebrate unless, of course, you have diabetes and need to watch your calorie and sugar intake in order to protect your foot health (spoiler alert: traditional chocolate pecan pie recipes have lots of sugar, fat and calories!)

As your Houston podiatrist, I want you to stay healthy, but I also don’t want you to feel like you have to miss out on all of life’s little pleasures (like random national holidays…) With that end in mind, I uncovered a lighter Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for you, courtesy of  Chocolate Covered Katie, a healthy dessert blog. Here you go:

Chocolate-Pecan Pie

  • 1 cup pecans (plus extras for garnish)
  • 12.3 oz silken-firm tofu, lite or regular (one Mori-Nu package)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 1/2 packet stevia
  • 2 T molasses
  • 2 T cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients, except pecans, in a food processor until very smooth. Then add the pecans and pulse a few times until they’re chopped. Pour into a prepared pie-crust, and top with additional pecans if desired. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, for 45 minutes. If you serve the pie immediately, it’ll be very gooey (not necessarily a bad thing). But if you let it chill in the fridge, it firms up quite nicely the longer it sits.

Nutrition Info Per slice (cut into 9 slices):

  • 245 calories
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 0 mg cholesterol
  • 13g fat (heart-healthy, unsaturated fats from the pecans)
  • 5 grams protein
  • and 14% RDA for iron                       
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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