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This Healthier German Chocolate Pie is just what you need when you absolutely love German Chocolate Pie, but are trying to be better with what you are putting in your body.
This pie not only has reduced carbs and sugar (only 16g net carbs per serving!), but is also super low in sodium and is a great source of fiber!
Not to mention, the ingredients are are pure, natural, and have nothing artificial, which to me, is the most important part.
It’s nice to know what you are putting in your body is helping you more than hurting you.
Why give up foods you love, when you can just make them better for you?
Healthy Pie Issues
So, I got a request to post some low sugar or sugar free desserts.
It’s a great request, and I liked the idea of having a few on here. I am trying to reduce sugar myself because of how harmful it is to the body.
But I’m going to be honest with you. I was never a natural baker.
Most people love my cooking, but my desserts usually take a little more time to get right.
Especially now that I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar I put in my body, so am trying to make them edible without adding sugar.
However, between the joint efforts of my family, my husband, my neighbors, and my husband’s parents, I found a recipe that I think everyone will enjoy without feeling guilty.
I do promise to post more on low or no sugar desserts in the future.
Right now, I am easing into it by getting used to reducing the amounts of sugar and make sure it actually adds health benefits without just being empty calories.
How Is This Healthier?
So, this isn’t low carb. It’s not low calorie. It’s not low fat.
I know what you are thinking. This isn’t healthier.
But it is.
I think one of the biggest misconceptions out there is food has to fall into one of the deprivation diets in order to be healthy. It doesn’t.
If the ingredients help your body, it is healthy. If the ingredients hurt your body, it’s not healthy. It really is that simple.
The nutrients each ingredient gives you is what is important. Many deprivation diets have ingredients that harm you, so they aren’t always healthy.
So how did I make this better for you?
This pie has no white flour, which can harm the body. Instead, almonds and coconuts are used, to add health benefits.
Psyllium Husk is used in place of processed starch and flour to thicken the filling and prevent it from being runny. This is just pure fiber in natural form and is often used in low carb baking. It has soluble and insoluble fiber, which is amazing for you! (Read my post on Fiber for more information on this)
With the exception of the german chocolate bar, this pie is completely sweetened with coconut or honey, which helps us consume less than half the sugar of other german chocolate pie recipes (I discuss more on this and coconut health benefits below).
Every ingredient in this pie comes from natural sources and actually benefits your body in some way.
German Chocolate Pie Madness
So when I began researching other German Chocolate pies, I was pretty proud of myself.
Did you know a majority of German chocolate pies, whether store bought or homemade, have between 37-70g of sugar per serving? And 50-95g of carbs per serving?
I tell you what, it made me feel a bunch better about mine having 15g of sugar, making it more than half the amount of sugar than in other recipes.
Whew! I’m getting better at lowering my sugar intake!
I did try to look at the nutrition content of “low carb”, “healthy”, “keto”, “no sugar” German chocolate pies on Google and Pinterest, but none of them had nutrition facts.
So I was super disappointed that I couldn’t compare my results.
So I honestly can’t tell you if this has better numbers than those kinds of pies.
Coconut is Awesome
You are getting a ton of coconut in the recipe, with the coconut sugar, coconut flour, coconut evaporated milk, and just plain coconut!
There is a reason why I made a majority of the ingredients coconut, other than it provides a great sweetener in place of sugar.
Coconut is healthy!
Coconut is particularly high in manganese, selenium and good fats. This means it helps with bone health, metabolism, heart health, and provides antioxidants that protect your body from damage.
And for those of you out there with thyroid issues, selenium is one mineral you should be consuming more of because of it’s thyroid health benefits!
The fiber intake also helps slow the digestion of sugar and improves insulin resistance, making this a fantastic addition to your diet.
Vitamins and Minerals
So while this pie is healthier than most other chocolate pies, I’m not going to make any claims that this is 100% healthy. Because let’s be honest, there is still sugar in the german chocolate bar.
But I feel this one comes pretty close.
This recipe actually contains small amounts of every vitamin and mineral. Which is amazing! It’s actually rare when a recipe has all vitamins and minerals, no matter how small!
So I am pretty excited. Clean ingredients, low sodium, reduced sugar, and all vitamins and minerals?
Bring it on!
So here is what this recipe has the most of (% based on a 2,000 calorie diet):
- 30% Manganese
- 20% Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- 18% Vitamin A
- 18% Phosphorus
- 16% Selenium
- 13% Vitamin D
- 12% Calcium
- 12% Potassium
- 11% Iron
So what does these nutrients help with the most?
They help with growth and development, reproduction, red blood cell formation, bone formation, immune function, energy production, and wound healing.
Health benefits are glorious.