Introduction: Diabetic Friendly Raspberry Cream Pie

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I recently found out that I am one cupcake away from having full blown Type II Diabetes. In order to prevent that from ever happening I decided to go ahead and make a fairly drastic diet change and avoid (for the most part) sugary items like non diet sodas, my favorite dessert items, and the like. However, this doesn't mean I have to give up some of the tastiest stuff out there! It simply means that, whenever possible, I should alter recipes to make them more diabetic friendly. With the help of my lovely fiancé and a recipe found on Rachael Ray's website I was able to craft this awesome dessert without fear of losing a foot. 

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

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This pie is super simple to make. The ingredients are pretty cheap and chances are you have several of them in your cupboards and fridge right now. You will need:

1 cup heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon almond extract (please don't use imitation)
3/4 cup Splenda
1 packet unflavored gelatin
10 ounces frozen raspberries
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (no plastic lemons allowed!)
1/2 cup sugar free raspberry preserves (more or less according to your preference)
1 package of fresh raspberries
1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled

Tools needed:
Medium mixing bowl
Measuring spoon
Measuring cup
Medium saucepan
Electric mixer or whisk
Wooden Spoon for stirring
Spatula


Step 2: Whip It! Whip It Good!

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Add the cream and the almond extract to your mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks begin to form.

TIP: By placing both the bowl and the beaters/whisk in the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes prior to getting started you can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to complete this step.

Step 3: SIMMER DOWN NOW!

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In your saucepan bring the Splenda, the gelatin, and the 1/2 cup of water to a simmer over medium heat and stir until the Splenda and gelatin dissolve.

Step 4: The Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries!

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Add your frozen berries and the 1/2 cup of sugar free raspberry preserves to the still simmering mixture.

TIP: Truth be told, the raspberry preserves are an addition to the recipe that my lady came up with. They can add a lot (or a little) of punch to the finished product. On her notes for this recipe it simply says, "Add a big scoop of Rasp. jam". I guessed on how much she added. Go crazy, add more. Add less. Do your own thing!

Step 5: When Life Gives You Blah, Blah, Blah...

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Next up is the lemon juice: 

Using the palm of your hand apply some mild pressure to the lemon and roll it back & forth on a clean surface and/or cutting board. This will help you extract more juice when the time comes.

After you've softened it up a bit, cut the lemon in half. You're only going to need half of it for this recipe so place the other half in a plastic sandwich bag and put it in the fridge for later use (read: until you make this pie again tomorrow).

Get a good grip on the half of the lemon you're going to be using and give it a good squeeze. If you really want to you can utilize the measuring spoon to make sure you get exactly two teaspoons but, to tell you the truth, I just squeeze the juice out of the lemon over the saucepan and call it a day. This isn't an exact science.

Step 6: Stir Crazy

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After you've added the berries, the preserves, and the lemon juice, you'll need to stir the mixture until it thickens. This will take more or less time depending on the heat of the sugar/gelatin/juice/water mixture and whether or not you actually used frozen raspberries.

TIP: Yes, you can use fresh raspberries for this step BUT if you use frozen they will resist the urge to fall apart during the stirring, and the rapidly cooling liquid will thicken much quicker.

Step 7: Into the Fold

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Now we need to fold the sweet berry mixture into the whipped cream we made wayyyy back in Step 2. If you, like me, didn't really know how to properly fold one thing into another, just imagine that you've been asked to draw a figure eight with whipped cream and a spatula. When you're half way done with the figure eight raise the spatula so that you bring the stuff from the bottom of the bowl to the top of the bowl. Give the bowl a half turn and repeat until it looks like the fifth picture below.

TIP: Stir gently while folding the berries into the cream. This will help keep the berries more intact and will make sure that the cream stays fluffy.

Step 8: I Love 3.141592653589793

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After folding the berries into the cream, we need to get the new mixture into the pie crust. Using your spatula, slowly 'pour' the cream filling into the waiting pie crust (yes, it's a store bought crust you're seeing. Stop judging me!). Rejoice! You're almost done!

Step 9: Lick the Spatula

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Seriously. You're done with it. Clean as you go, I always say.

Step 10: Rinse. Repeat If Necessary.

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Open up your package of fresh raspberries and rinse them off using a colander and the spray attachment of your sink. Toss them about while spraying to get the maximum rinsing effect.

Once properly rinsed you should place them onto a few paper towels to dry off.

TIP: By patting the berries gently you can get most of the moisture off of them in just a few seconds.

Step 11: Raspberry. There's Only One Man Who Would Dare Give Me the Raspberry.

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For our final preparation step we simply need to add the fresh raspberries to the raspberry cream pie we just got done making. What? You didn't realize we were done? We are. This is just a garnish to make it look pretty and to add more raspberry goodness. You can add as many or as few as you like. It's totally up to you.

TIP: By adding or subtracting the amount of berries you put on top you are also directly influencing the amount of post pie making raspberries you can eat. Think about it...

Step 12: Chill Out

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Now, this being a cream pie, we need to chill it for several hours before it firms up enough to slice and properly serve. If you used a pre-made, store bought pie crust you can use the plastic guard to place over your pie in order to make sure no foreign matter gets in there. Nothing ruins a good cream pie like last nights Chicken Marsala. If you are superior to me and made your own pie crust, find something that will provide protection for your newborn pie and then place it in the fridge for several hours, or overnight.

TIP: To decrease the length of time it takes for the cream pie to firm up properly try placing it in your freezer for an hour before moving it to the fridge.

Step 13: The End

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You're done! Eat your pie. Leave constructive comments below. Send me pictures of how yours turned out. Enjoy your pie!

Comments

AmyJ1 (author)2015-03-07

the berry mixture never thickened for me, a guesstimate on how much time that should take would be nice, pretty sure this is an epic fail which irritates me

grannyjones (author)2011-01-21

The greatest evil of diet soda is the phosphoric acid found in all colas and 'Dr.--', 'Mr.---', and their ilk. One cola contains enough calcium-dissolving acid to undo several days worth of diligent calcium intake.
So if you don't want to have a really messed up back when you are old; avoid at all costs.

trainman9111 (author)2010-09-25

Hey very Excellent on your pie making skills.

I always use Truvia for a sugar substitute, very safe for Diabetics, Since I am a Diabetic One packet is equal to 2 tsp of sugar.Try it out and see what you think of it.
Here is the website in case you are wondering, http://www.truvia.com/.

Sunkicked (author)trainman91112010-10-05

VERY big fan of Truvia. Probably would have used it for this Instructable but, at the time, we couldn't find it in any quantity other than a small box of packets. A friend of mine grows the stevia plant Truvia is derived from and we've toyed around with the idea of trying to create our own form. I'll post an Instructable if we ever do!

AngryRedhead (author)2010-09-27

Out of curiosity, I ran a calculation of the nutrition for this recipe:

For 1 out of 8 servings:
Calories 320.1
Total Fat 17.9 g
Saturated Fat 8.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.2 g
Cholesterol 40.8 mg
Sodium 211.8 mg
Potassium 140.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 45.1 g
Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
Sugars 25.0 g
Protein 3.1 g

For 1 out of 6 servings:
Calories 426.7
Total Fat 23.9 g
Saturated Fat 11.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.3 g
Cholesterol 54.3 mg
Sodium 282.4 mg
Potassium 187.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 60.1 g
Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
Sugars 33.3 g
Protein 4.1 g

I don't know if this is diabetic-friendly necessarily, but it has less sugar than if you'd used pure cane sugar.

eunju (author)2010-09-25

looks sweet :))))))))))))))))

BladeRunner759 (author)2010-09-25

awesome i want 1

herbcook (author)2010-09-25

We eat mostly low carb. foods, have recently found 2 wonderful things, a recipe for low carb brownies called "miracle" brownies and liquid splenda that only contains sucralose. You can "google" both of these and find them on the
internet.

pocketdoc (author)2010-09-24

While there are studies to support your claims, many are not randomized and are retrospecitve reviews (not the best). There are also studies that do not show deleterious health affects.

There really is no clear evidence that diet drinks or artificial sweeteners cause or "lead to" diabetes.

My two cents (health care professional).

rakista (author)2010-06-08

Do NOT drink diet soda !!!! Drink water, tea or coffee. Artificial sweeteners trigger all sorts of badness that lead to Diabetes. http://www.naturalnews.com/025644_diabetes_Type_2_diabetes_soda.html Nice Recipe.

Sunkicked (author)rakista2010-06-09

Wow! I'm boned. I drink diet soda like it's going out of style! Thanks for the tip though, I had no idea. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to invest in some Lipton...

rakista (author)Sunkicked2010-06-09

Coffee is one of the #1 things you can do to reduce the chance of diabetes, btw. http://www.physorg.com/news195300617.html

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