Mini Apple Pecan Pie (Low Calorie)

Mini Apple Pecan Pie give you a taste of both an apple pie and a pecan pie. These little morsels are perfect for healthy eating.

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Mini bites of delight for any apple pie lover

For some reason we tend to only have pie on Thanksgiving. My Mom is the pie maker in the family but from time to time I will dabble in pie but nothing serious. Funnily enough I have been wanting to perfect a pie crust for a while though. I tend to be a little more interested in the crust than the filing. I love a nice buttery, flaky crust. Pie crust is not exactly something that can easily be made low calorie.

Oh I tried and tried and tried. Next I tried substituting Greek yogurt for some of the cold butter – what a mushy mess. After that I tried light butter – watery! I gave up for a while then I saw Laura Calder make a pie crust with softened butter. Sure it would be a little firmer and slightly cookie like but I could substitute Greek yogurt for some of the butter. Woo hoo – I had my crust.

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The apple filling was easy. You know my love of all things cinnamon so that went into the mix. I replaced white flour for wheat flour as a thickener. Threw in a little lemon zest and juice for freshness and lickety split I had apple pie filling. There is no need to cook the filing before hand. It cooks to a perfect consistency in the oven. Easy Peasy. Top the pies with pecans to satisfy my craving for pecan pie.

When I originally started thinking about a pie recipe for Thanksgiving, I could not decide between apple or pecan pie so I combined them. Why choose when you can have the best of both worlds. A nice little crunch on top from the flavors of pecan pie to the sweet apple pie is just perfect. I baked them in mini muffin tins so they would be bite size. You can have one or a few. You can make them with the pie crust on the bottom or turn them upside down and put the pie crust on top. Just a warning, the pie crust is much easier to work with when it is on the bottom of the pie. It gets difficult to form it onto the top of the pie filling. They are rather gorgeous little things, if I do say so myself. Try them for yourselves.

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A flaky crust cradles a sweet, cinnamon apple filing topped with love by a crunchy pecan topping

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Mini Apple Pecan Pies

Mini Apple Pecan Pies

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 mini pies
Calories 68 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tbsp 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose 80 grams, unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour 40 grams

For the apple filing:

  • 1 granny smith apple peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp white wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Domino Light sugar/stevia mix
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp . pure vanilla extract

For the pecan topping:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp light butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with non-stick baking spray.
  3. For the crust: cream butter, sugar and yogurt.
  4. Stir in the vanilla. Then mix in the white and wheat flour until a smooth dough forms.
  5. Press 2 tsp. of pie dough into each muffin cup pushing the dough up the sides of the cup.
  6. With a fork, prick holes in the bottom of each pie crust.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes.
  8. In a large bowl, combine apple, flour, brown sugar, Domino light, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
  9. In a small bowl, toss together pecans, sugar and melted butter.
  10. Spoon 1 tbsp. apple mixture into each cup.
  11. Top with 1 tsp. pecan mixture.
  12. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  13. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 3  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Mini Apple Pecan Pies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for visiting my nutrition blog :) It's a pleasure to meet you via Faith. Enjoy your weekend!
  2. These look so delicious, not to mention adorable! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon.
  3. Wow. I love that fall preparation. It's beautiful.
  4. These look incredible! I'd like to bring these to my co-workers - I'd be the hit of the office! I'd love for you to share this at Tuesday's Table for the Holidays - http://zentmrs.blogspot.com/2012/11/tuesdays-table-time-for-holidays.html
  5. Thanks for sharing these on Manic Monday. They are gorgeous!! Pinned them for later :)
  6. I make apple crisp every year in the fall and I love pecan pie! So this combo sounds amazing....I'll definitely have to try it! Thanks for sharing! Have a great Thanksgiving! Ann
  7. These are so cute and they look delicious. I would love to have you share this and any other posts with this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html I hope to see you there. Have a great week. Debi @ Adorned From Above
  8. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon! Miz Helen
  9. Thanks so much for linking to Make The Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill, you are being featured later today!
  10. I just featured your delicious recipe in my Thanksgiving round up post! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!
  11. Those little pies look delicious and adorable!!! I love how you were able to cut the fat and calories in them!
  12. Oh my gosh! This are the cutest little things! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)
  13. Oh wow!! Fantastic recipe. Love love love the idea of the lower fat crust with Greek yogurt and oh so love apples and pecans! Definitely will make these (probably before Christmas as I can't wait to sample!!) Thank you so much for your inspiring ideas!!
  14. two of my faves in one little bite - delicious!

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