Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lighter Pecan Pie

True confession time... This Yankee never had pecan pie, nope, never. I'm guessing the main reason is I've always heard about how sweet it is, and secondly, here in Philly pecans ain't cheap! Well, I splurged on a big bag of nuts for the holidays and in an effort to cut back on the sugar made a Lighter Pecan Pie. Now my only question is, what took me so long to try it-this pie is great!
Please note that the title says "lighter", not diet-sorry:@) There is only one cup of sweetener in this pie (compared to more traditional recipes), but it does still call for 1/2 C butter. It also uses only one cup of chopped pecans instead of two, so it's a little more budget friendly. Don't hesitate to give this pie a try folks, I think you'll be pleased.

Lighter Pecan Pie-adapted from Glitter to Gumdrops and Weight Watchers
2 eggs
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
2/3 C brown sugar-I had light
1/3 C corn syrup-I had light
1/2 tsp molasses-added because I had light brown sugar
1 Tblsp flour
1 Tblsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 C chopped pecans
9" pie shell
  1. Beat eggs until foamy, stir in butter. 
  2. Mix in sugars well, stir in flour (I sifted it into the mixture), milk, vanilla and nuts.
  3. Pour into 9" unbaked pie shell and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 50 minutes (center should not be giggly).
  4. Cool and enjoy!
Have a sticky sweet happy day:@)


  1. I love that you lightened up this classic! It looks amazing---and I could have a nice big slice without toooo much guilt!

  2. Sounds good! I have made 3 types of pecan pie: traditional, one with Heath toffee bits, and one with added chocolate chips. None of those were "light" by any stretch of the imagination. :)
    Happy Thanksgiving, Lynn!

  3. I'm a Southern girl and I love pecan pie. I too prefer a not so sweet version!!

  4. well, this adopted texan doesn't like pecan pie at all. :)

  5. I don't think there are too many pies that are diet-friendly. But that's why it's such a treat ;) I love pecans and yes, they have gone up in price! Oh my, this looks delicious.

  6. If pecans are so expensive next time use crushed pretzels. everyone will think they are eating pecans.

  7. All I can say is yea, finally, you've made and tried pecan pie! I'll bet your family is happy about this one. I still have pecans in the freezer that Rich and I picked at our friends' ranch in Arkansas, and they're still good.

  8. Pecan is Tim's favorite pie. Nice to see a lighter recipe. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Hi Lynn, From a fellow yankee~~I remember the first time I had pecan pie~~I was about 10, on a road trip to the South with parents. I fell in love with pecans and as a kid I was fascinated with saying "peCAHN" with my version of a southern accent. I still say peCAHN, and I'm still in love with pecan pie and all things southern! This recipe looks like a good way to save a few calories during the holidays! Linda

  10. Your lightened up version of pecan pie makes it easier to have that second helping of mashing potatoes with gravy Lynn! The price of all nuts seems to be on the rise :)

  11. Pecan pie is a favorite of mine and this sounds delicious.


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