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With allergy season in full gear around here, I finally bought some local honey. If you haven’t heard, there is clear evidence that local honey can help build your tolerance for local allergens. For us, local honey is easy enough to find, in fact my neighbor has even taken up bee-keeping. Let’s just say, TJ was not disappointed when I told him to take a swig of the honey:
Of course, I wanted to use the honey in a recipe for letter P week. I had some pecans, I’ve been singing the pecan pie song, and wa-la… Mini Pecan Pies were born!
Low Fat Mini Pecan Pie Recipe
- 1 TBL Honey
- 1 Egg white
- 1/4 tsp. butter flavored extract
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 TBL chopped pecans
- dash of apple pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice)
- 6 Mini Fillo Shells
Warm honey slightly on low heat. Add egg white slowly, so as to just warm the egg and not make scrambled eggs! Add the extracts and pecans. Spoon out mixture by the teaspoonful into mini Fillo Shells. Bake on a cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes at 350 or until the center can be touched without coming off on your finger. (optional) drizzle with some low fat caramel sundae sauce.
Research from Loma Linda University published in the August 2006 issue of Nutrition Research showed that adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent coronary heart disease.