Healthy Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

I made this for friends last week and they loved it! I did too, because it was easy as… well… you know. 😛 I’m not sure what makes it ‘Mexican,’ other than the combination of chocolate and cinnamon, but it’s definitely tasty. Enjoy!

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Photo Credit: CookingLight.com

Ingredients

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 cookie sheets), divided
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons egg white
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Cooking spray

Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (if you don’t have any on hand, it’s perfectly acceptable to use sweetened hot cocoa mix)
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso granules
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 3/4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. To prepare the crust, reserve 1 tablespoon crumbs for topping. Combine the remaining crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well. Stir in egg white and butter. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 9 minutes or until lightly toasted; cool completely on a wire rack.
3. To prepare filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar and the next 7 ingredients (through egg yolk) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place milk in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until milk reaches 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Gradually add hot milk to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until smooth.
4. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 10 minutes or until mixture cools, stirring occasionally. Spoon filling into crust, and cover surface of filling with plastic wrap. Chill 3 hours or until set; remove plastic wrap. Spread whipped topping over pie; sprinkle with reserved cracker crumbs.

Nutritional Information per slice (1/8 of pie): 278 Calories, 10.3 grams Fat, 42.1 grams Carbohydrates, 5 grams Protein

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