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Friday, February 12, 2010

Reduced Sugar Pineapple Cheesecake

This dessert is actually a healthier alternative to traditional cheesecake and still pretty darn good. Add to that the fact it is super easy to prepare and you've really got no reason to avoid making this dish.

Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need:

* 3/4 cup Frozen Whipped Topping
* (1) 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese
* 1/2 cup of Artificial sweetener
* (1) 15 oz can of low or reduced sugar Crushed Pineapple
* 1-2 cups of crushed Walnuts
* (1) 9 inch Graham cracker crust pie shell
* (1) 9 inch round glass pie dish (alternative)
* electric mixer

Step 1
If you do not have a 9 inch graham cracker pie shell on hand you should do this step first so I will give it to you as an alternative. In a sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons of margarine and add one cup of finely crushed walnuts. Stir and heat to coat the walnuts. Once this is done pour this mixture into the bottom of your 9 inch round pie dish and place in the refrigerator long enough for the margarine to solidify. This is alternative nut crust for the bottom of your cheesecake and you can substitute other nuts for this if you like.

Step 2
In a large bowl, combine with an electric mixer softened cream cheese, crushed and drained pineapples, and 1 cup of crushed walnuts. Mix this thoroughly so it is well blended.

Step 3
Fold in your frozen whipped topping and blend on medium speed with your cream cheese/pineapple/walnut mixture. Once well blended, pour into either your 9 inch Graham cracker pie shell or over your 9 inch prepared walnut crust pie dish. Chill this pie for atleast 2 hours and enjoy~~!
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