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Holiday Recipe Remix: Sweet Potato Pecan Tart

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Holiday Recipe Remix: Sweet Potato Pecan Tart

Welcome to another webisode of Holiday Recipe Remix! In case you’re tuning in for the first time, here’s the story so far: a few weeks ago we asked you to submit your favorite unhealthy holiday recipes so Elle, the MyFitnessPal Registered Dietitian, could remix them into more nutritious versions of their former selves.

Earlier this week we shared Elle’s remixed recipe for a delicious, Spicy, Not Sinful Pumpkin Spice Latte. This time around Elle is making over a recipe for an  Utterly Deadly Pecan Pie from MyFitnessPal user RaeLynn. Sounds scary good, doesn’t it?

Bourbon-laced pecan pie topped with whipped cream is undoubtedly a holiday staple; we certainly love it here at the MyFitnessPal office (we log and track, promise). It’s probably not much of a surprise that pecan pie is usually loaded with corn syrup, which translates to lots of added sugar and empty calories. RaeLynn’s recipe called for 1.5 cups of corn syrup alone. Forget we said good – that just sounds scary.

Elle got her hands on the recipe and swapped out the corn syrup for vitamin-packed sweet potato, brown sugar and a little maple syrup. She also ditched the frozen pie crust and made her own pecan tart crust. One thing Elle did keep? The bourbon, of course!

The end result? A lighter, more flavorful pecan dessert that, per slice, has:

  • 200 fewer calories
  • 10% less saturated fat
  • Over 30 fewer grams of sugar
  • Approximately 150% of your daily Vitamin A
  • About 10% of your daily iron

Here, Elle explains how she remixed the recipe:

So break out of your shell this season with this Sweet Potato Pecan Tart–just be sure to log your slices in MyFitnessPal! Just search Holiday Recipe Remix in the food database. There you’ll find the full nutrition info and be able add a slice to your food diary!


If you don’t yet have MyFitnessPal account, you can sign up on the web, or through downloading the free app for your iPhone, iPadAndroid or Windows mobile devices.

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For submitting her favorite delicious-but-deadly recipe, RaeLynn won herself a MyFitnessPal apron, a Withings Smart Body Analyzer scale, and two cookbooks full of healthy, delicious recipes from Cooking Light! ReaLynn is committed to improving her health and is looking for fitness pals, so feel free to add her as a friend on MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal users that have 10 or more friends lose 4 times as much weight compared to those who aren’t connected to friends!

Photos by Elle Penner | MyFitnessPal

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