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Healthy pie crust that’s easy to make

Maybe it’s the chill in the air. Maybe it’s the bounty of fall fruits. Maybe it’s the memory of fresh baked goods. Whatever the reason, fall seems a good time for pies.

But, pie crust can be tricky to make, and it isn’t the healthiest.

How to cut calories from your crust:

  • Use organic oil in place of butter.
  • Use whole-wheat flour instead of white.
  • Use only the bottom crust – no top.
  • Substitute oats for up to half the flour.
  • Add ground nuts for flavor and nutrients.

Chrisanne Urban, a registered dietitian with Marshfield Clinic nutrition services, suggests you try a recipe before you serve it to others. That’s the best way to ensure a perfect dessert.


Take a few simple steps to cut calories from your pie crust, and try this foolproof recipe.

This recipe is foolproof, with only four ingredients. It rolls out perfectly because it’s made with oil instead of butter.

Easy, Healthy Pie Crust

Servings: 1 crust, 8 servings


  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1-2 tablespoons organic corn or canola oil
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons ice water


In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt.

In a glass measuring cup, combine oil and ice water. Whisk them together until creamy. Immediately pour all at once into flour and toss with a fork. Form into a ball. Dough will be moist.

Swipe counter with a wet washcloth and place a 12-inch square of waxed paper on top. The wetness keeps the paper from sliding around. Place dough ball on top, and cover with a second 12-inch piece of waxed paper. Roll out the dough between the waxed papers into a circle slightly bigger than your pie plate.

Remove top sheet of waxed paper and invert dough over pie pan; peel off bottom paper. If you’re prebaking the crust, prick the entire surface with a fork.

Nutrition information

Each serving contains about 148 calories; 10.5 g total fat; 11.9 g carbohydrate; 1.6 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 74 mg sodium.

Source: http://deliciousliving.com

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