Pie has a bad reputation and it’s no wonder why. A small slice of apple pie with a modest ½ cup scoop of vanilla ice cream has 571 calories, 27 grams of fat and scant protein. Of course, a piece of decadent pie on special occasions isn’t going to ruin results earned from working out, running or whatever you do; but, it just isn’t the right fuel to keep an active person feeling well and going strong. If you have a sweet tooth (like me) and want a little slice of heaven more frequently than on July 4th and Thanksgiving, whip up my ‘Whey Cool’ Strawberry Sherbet Pie with Protein Powder tonight. Based on a super-easy summer recipe my mom used to make during my childhood in blazing hot Arizona, this no-bake pie is modified for maximum performance with no-sugar added and fat-free products along with a couple scoops of protein powder. Yeah, that’s right, I said protein powder.
‘Whey Cool’ Strawberry Sherbet Pie with Protein Powder Recipe
- 1 quart no-sugar added sherbet
- 2 scoops whey protein powder, vanilla flavor
- 1 8-oz container no-fat, dairy-free whipped topping, thawed
- 1 pre-made chocolate cookie pie crust (Keebler Ready-Crust Chocolate)
- ½ cup fat-free chocolate syrup
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, cored and sliced
Scoop entire container of sherbet into large mixing bowl; let sit for a few minutes to soften a bit. Sprinkle protein powder over sherbet a little at a time (to prevent clumping); mix in by hand or with beaters. After all protein powder is incorporated, fold in whipped topping with spatula until combined. Spoon entire mixture into prepared chocolate cookie crust; freeze for 3 hours or overnight until firm. To serve, cut into 8 slices with knife run through hot water. Top each slice with 2 ounces of strawberries and 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Serves 8.
Nutrition information (per 1/8 of pie with toppings): calories 275, total fat 6g, saturated fat 1g, trans fat 2g, total carbs 48g, sugars 9g, protein 9g.
Note: If you want to clean this recipe up even more, skip the pie crust and just spoon the sherbet mixture into the pie pan. This removes about 100 calories, 4g of total fat (2 of which are trans fat), 14g carbs and 6g sugars.