I was playing in the kitchen this morning trying to make a "pie" and came up with the idea to use All-Bran cereal as the crust. Here is what I made....
1/4 cup of All Bran (original) - 40 cals
1 sugar free vanilla pudding snack pack - 60 cals
5 bing cherries - 20 cals
I added about a TBSP of water (I didn't measure but don't make it too wet!) to the all bran and let it soak a little. Stirred it and mushed it up to make an even consistency. Then I dumped the bran mix onto a small dessert plate and pressed it flat (it is kind of sticky and messy).
I didn't want to turn the oven on and bake it so I put the plate in the microwave to crisp up the "pie crust". I nuked it for about 2-3 minutes in 30 second and 1 minute intervals (30 seconds, check crust, 1 minute, check, 1 minute, done). I was waiting for it to be semi hard and crust like.
Once it is a little hard, gently release from plate by sliding a fork under crust. Mine stuck a little but came up easily once hard.
Allow to cool slightly. Cut and pit cherries. Place on top of crust in single layer. Add pudding to top. Enjoy! The crust does taste like bran so be prepared for that, but once you get over that it is pretty good
This was my first experiment making a crust out of all-bran and I was wondering if anyone else has ever tried it. I was thinking of mashing a little bit of banana into the bran to flavor the crust and then making a banana and pudding "pie". Does anyone have any suggestions for making the crust better without adding a ton of calories? Has anyone done anything like this before??
Thanks for your help!
(oh, and as a side note....I think I could have turned the bran into crackers if microwaved a little longer. Has anyone made all-bran crackers??)