Coconut Raspberry Cream Pie

"The inspiration for this dessert came from a Ralph's Famous Italian Ices flavor called Coconut Raspberry Tart. My husband came home from the Italian ice stand and raved about the flavor so much, we decided to recreate the same idea in pie form. I love coconut cream pie, but the typical buttery crust and rich custard are entirely too heavy for a health-conscious diet. This version is lighter and fluffier, but most importantly, equally as delicious. The raspberry layer adds the perfect tart element to balance out the sweetness of the filling. * PLEASE NOTE: the measurements in this recipe are for a mini 7" pie pan (serves 4). For a standard 9" pie pan, simply double the recipe (serves 8)."
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  • Start with the crust.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pulse the grahams in a food processor until finely ground.
  • Combine crumbs, oats, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and melted butter in a bowl. Stir until mixture is thoroughly moistened.
  • Press evenly into a 7" pie pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Let cool before filling.
  • Add a raspberry layer.
  • Puree berries in a blender or food processor.
  • Strain the pureed berries into a small saucepan to remove the seeds.
  • Add the jam, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cornstarch to the saucepan and heat on medium until it bubbles and thickens.
  • Transfer the sauce to a bowl and let cool.
  • Spread the cooled raspberry mixture onto the pie crust.
  • Finish with coconut custard.
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk pudding and milk together until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in shredded coconut and coconut extract.
  • Gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread into the pie pan and garnish with berries and toasted coconut.
  • Chill for 4 hours to set.

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