AYER, Mass., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Never again will cream pie be off limits to the 50 million Americans with lactose intolerance, thanks to Nasoya(R) Silken Creations, the first-ever non-dairy dessert starter.
"Silken Creations has all the sweet, creamy taste and texture of traditional pie-making ingredients like milk, cream and butter, but without any of the lactose. It's completely lactose free," said Maribeth Abrams, chef, nutrition educator and cookbook author. "So if you're lactose intolerant, now it can be a piece of cake to eat pie!"
People with lactose intolerance are unable to digest lactose, the primary sugar in milk and other dairy products. In the U.S., it affects 75 percent of the African-American, Jewish, Native American and Mexican-American populations and 90 percent of Asian-Americans. It's caused by a shortage of lactase, an enzyme that breaks down milk sugars so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. When lactose intolerant people eat dairy products they have distressing, but not life-threatening, symptoms.
"Desserts can be a real challenge to people who are lactose intolerant," explained Abrams. "Their choices are limited to options like angel food cake, sorbet and gelatin. New lactose-free products have come on the market, but they are expensive, hard to find, and made out of ingredients that aren't natural."
Silken Creations: As Sweet as Pie!
All natural Silken Creations is low in calories (only 110-120 per half cup serving), low in fat (only 1-1.5 grams per serving) and a good source of protein (3 grams per serving). In addition to being lactose free, it is gluten free, vegan, kosher and has no cholesterol. Made from whole soybeans and sweetened with cane juice, Silken Creations is made in New England by Nasoya, America's most popular brand of tofu.
Available in three flavors, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla, Silken Creations makes delicious lactose-free pies. Try Maribeth Abrams' signature recipes for Key Lime, Strawberry Silken and Chocolate Silken Pies. (See recipes below.) "Silken Creations helps you prepare pies that taste rich and decadent, but are lactose-free, have less fat and calories than regular pies, and cost less than other lactose-free desserts," said Abrams. "Remember to make enough to give everyone seconds!"
Silken Creations is available nationwide. Look for it next to the tofu in the fresh produce aisle of your favorite grocery stores or in the dairy section of leading natural foods markets. Its suggested retail price is $2.49-$2.89 per package. For further information and recipe ideas, visit www.silkencreations.com.
About All Natural Nasoya(R)
The first brand of authentic tofu in North America, Nasoya has been a top-selling tofu for 30 years. It is produced by Vitasoy USA Inc., the soyfoods pioneer committed to making delicious, innovative foods that promote health and well being. Look for the company's premium tofu, fresh Asian noodles, wraps, and vegan sandwich spreads under the brand names Nasoya(R) and Azumaya(R), San Sui(R) and Vita(R). For more information, and quick and easy recipes, visit www.vitasoy-usa.com.
Nasoya Chocolate Silken Pie
1 pkg Nasoya(R) Silken Creations Dark Chocolate 2 tbsp cornstarch 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker pie crust 1 bar of dark chocolate, shaved (optional) 2 tbsp water
Preparation Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix the cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water into a medium bowl. Blend the Nasoya(R) Silken Creations Dark Chocolate into the bowl. Pour the mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 45 minutes. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, refrigerator uncovered for 2 hours or until cooled completely. Sprinkle chocolate shaving on top.
Nutritional Information: Serves 8 (per serving)
Calories: 230 Total Fat: 8 g Saturated Fat: 2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 200 mg Total Carbohydrate: 36 g Dietary Fiber: 1 g Sugars: 23 g Protein: 3 g
Key Lime Pie
1 pkg Nasoya(R) Silken Creations Vanilla 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust 2 tbsp cornstarch 6 tbsp freshly squeezed key lime juice (approximately 1/2 lb key limes) 2 tbsp water
Preparation Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix the cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water into a medium bowl. Blend the Nasoya(R) Silken Creations Vanilla and key lime juice into the bowl. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Information: Serves 8 (per serving)
Calories: 200 Total Fat: 7 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Trans Fat: 2 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 115 mg Total Carbohydrate: 31 g Dietary Fiber: 0 g Sugars: 19 g Protein: 2 g
Strawberry Silken Pie
1 pkg Nasoya(R) Silken Creations Strawberry 2 tbsp corn starch 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker pie crust 1-1/2 c strawberries, halved 1/4 c strawberry jelly 2 tbsp water
Preparation Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix the cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water into a medium bowl. Blend the Nasoya(R) Silken Creations Strawberry into the bowl. Pour into the prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 45 minutes. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and refrigerate uncovered until cooled completely. Top with sliced strawberries. Heat jelly in the microwave until it reaches a thin consistency and brush onto the strawberries. Cool in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Nutritional Information: Serves 8 (per serving)
Calories: 260 Total Fat: 8 g Saturated Fat: 1.5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 200 mg Total Carbohydrate: 44 g Dietary Fiber: 1 g Sugars: 30 g Protein: 3 g
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