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Fresh Fruit/Cheese Pie

 Fresh Fruit/Cheese Pie
Not only is this pie delicious—it's one even dieters can enjoy without worry. I seldom bake my cheese pie the same way twice. Often, I substitute wheat germ or granola for the coconut flakes...and the naturally fruity main ingredients fluctuate with whatever's hanging heavy on backyard branches!
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 4 cups fresh fruit (peaches, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries, banana, kiwifruit, blueberries or pineapple)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the nuts, flour, brown sugar, butter and
  • vanilla. Press into a greased 9-in. pie plate.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on
  • wire rack.
  • Cut fruit(s) of choice into bite-size pieces; layer on crust. In
  • blender, cover and process yogurt and cottage cheese until smooth;
  • add pineapple and blend until mixture reaches desired consistency.
  • Pour mixture over fruit. Sprinkle with coconut. Chill several hours
  • before serving. Decorate with any combination of fruit slices.

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Fresh Fruit/Cheese Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 260 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.