Yummy, Yummy: Yogurt And Fruit Pie

Diana Helfand
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Wednesday - May 25, 2011
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What type of project does a woodworker encounter in Hawaii? You could say this is one profession with a lot of “knots” and it’s their job to show them off.

From their facility in Honolulu, Pai’ea Millwrights produces some of the beautiful custom woodwork you see in the islands.

From furniture to flooring, each of their designs brings out the richness of local and exotic wood. You can find Pai’ea’s work at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Trump Tower and Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Soon, kids will find their custom crafts-manship in a playhouse at Hawaii Nature Center.

Logan Pai’ea White, who founded the woodwork and design business in 1997, began his career as a woodworker/mill-wright after studying in Chicago and Boulder, Colorado, where he also worked in a sawmill. He’s currently building the playhouse, which will be auctioned off to benefit Hawaii Nature Center. One lucky family will take it home - hopefully to a big backyard!

Created in collaboration with Phillip White architects, the playhouse is a gathering place for children’s activities. It incorporates rain catchment, a solar PV module and a Wiki Garden, giving it an environmental education aspect in keeping with hawaii nature Center’s mission. It’s also an ideal way to introduce architectural concepts to our keiki.

This column is dedicated to logan with thanks for giving back to the community.

This pie is a great way to get the keiki to eat fruit and a refreshing dessert for hot summer days; take advantage of fresh strawberries in season!

Yogurt is credited with various medicinal properties. It is said to promote longevity when consumed on a regular basis (still unproven scientifically), and benefit the digestive system. It may also be a cancer preventative and may alleviate insomnia when consumed just before bedtime. Yogurt is more digestible than milk, as it dissolves in the stomach faster, and contains bacteria that make lactose easier to digest.


* 1 8-ounce container low-fat mixed berry yogurt

* 1 8-ounce container low-fat strawberry yogurt

* 1 (12 ounce) container frozen non-fat whipped topping, thawed slightly

* 1 large ripe banana, cut into slices and then cut slices in half

* 1 cup strawberries cut into small bite sized pieces, mixed with 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

* 1 (9 inch) reduced-fat readymade graham cracker crust

Mini chocolate chips for garnish


Mix yogurts together until blended and then fold in 3 cups of whipped topping until blended.

Mix strawberries and bananas together and then gently add to yogurt topping mixture until incorporated. Freeze overnight so that the pie is firm.

When ready to eat, spoon the rest of the dessert top-ping on pie and sprinkle with mini chips.

Store the remainder of pie in freezer. Makes 8 servings.


Calories 300
Fat 7 grams
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 200mg

(Diana Helfand, author of “Hawaii Light and Healthy” and “The Best of Heart-y Cooking,” has taught nutrition in the Kapiolani Community College culinary arts program.)

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