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Happy Pi(e) Day!

This post is late, but I just couldn't let Pi Day go by without Pie! 

Today is March 14, or 3/14, the first three digits of pi. It is a day to commemorate the formula which has something to do with calculating the circumference or diameter of a circle. Anyway, it's math and I would rather talk about pie

I decided to make a treat for the members of my family who have to watch their sugar intake.  The original recipe was published in The Diabetic Bible, but I have tweaked it a little bit. 


Lime Cheesecake

1 cup reduced fat graham cracker crumbs*  
3 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted (not butter substitute)
2 Tablespoons non-sugar baking sweetener (I used Spenda)
2  8 ounce packages neufchatel cheese (reduced fat cream cheese)
2/3 cup non-sugar baking sweetener
1 egg
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
3 Tablespoons lime juice (preferable fresh) 

*I crumbled my reduced fat graham crackers in the food processor.  One cup equals about 1 of the inner cracker packages. 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 2 Tablespoons sweetener in the bottom of a springform pan or pie dish.  Gently pat crumb mixture evenly around the bottom of the pan and up the sides about an inch. Bake for 8 minutes, remove from oven. 

With electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and 2/3 cup sweetener until fluffy.  Mix in remaining ingredients until well blended.  Pour mixture into crust. Smooth. 

Bake for 30 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate for three hours before serving. Top with sugar free whipped topping (which I forgot to get at the store!) and/or lime wedges. 

Of course, if you have health concerns, such as diabetes, you should consult your physician or a nutritionist before you try new foods.  

This pie is a cool, light treat which is good even by this sugar lover's standards! 

I hope that you enjoyed a great slice of your favorite pie on this pi day! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia

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