Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 10-inch pie pan generously with cooking spray. Measure toasted, ground nuts and cracker crumbs into pan, and mix together with brown sugar. Add melted butter and toss until well combined. Press mixture evenly over bottom and up sides of pan; bake at 325°F for 5 minutes. Cool.

In small bowl, beat egg and stir in sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, and corn syrup; mix together well and stir in chopped nuts and natural raisins. Turn into baked shell; return to oven and bake at 325°F for 20 to 25 minutes more or until set. Chill well.

In large mixer bowl, whip cream cheese and sugar together to combine well. Add pumpkin purée and spices, mix together well. Stir in golden raisins and mix together well. Fold in whipped topping until thoroughly blended. Spoon onto top of cooled pie and chill well. Cut into 8 pieces to serve and garnish with sweetened whipped cream, chopped hazelnuts and plumped raisins, if desired.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 Cup hazelnuts, toasted and ground fine
  • 11/4 Cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Procedure

Filling

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 Cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup California natural raisins
  • 2 Packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup California golden raisins
  • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 680 (Calories from Fat 50%); Total Fat 38 ( Saturated Fat 18; Trans Fat 1; ); Cholesterol 85; Sodium 350; Potassium 420; Total Carbohydrate 80; Dietary Fiber 3; Sugars 59; Protein 7; Calcium 94; Iron 3;

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Raisins are excellent food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.