Barbara’s Derby Pie

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.

The Kentucky Derby happens on the first Saturday in May every year. Derby Pie is a long time Kentucky Tradition. I have been using this recipe for 35+ years and everyone seems to love it and typically ask for the recipe so I decided to share it with my friends. But, moderation is the key when you take a look at the calories. Holy cow, I have to run 56 minutes to burn 562 calories in one piece & I usually add whipped cream or Cool Whip.  If you are walking that’s about 112 minutes to burn the 562 calories! But it’s soooo worth it, once a year! Enjoy!

 Nutritional Information Per Serving: 562 calories, 6 grams protein, 34 grams of fat,  64 grams of CHO,  4 grams dietary fiber, 237 mg sodium.

 Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Bake Time: 1 hour 

Serves:  8


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, which has been melted and cooled
  • 1 cup broken-up pecans (or English walnuts)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Mix 1 cup sugar with ½ cup flour in mixing bowl.  Then, add two slightly beaten eggs. Mix well using mixer.  Add cooled melted butter & mix well. Add vanilla & salt. Mix well. Add  broken-up pecan and chocolate chips. Mix well.  Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake for one hour at 325 º.  Check and make sure it isn’t running.  Should  be puffed and dry looking and firm.

Serve warm with whipped cream or Cool Whip (optional) or serve cool.

Shopping List

  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • butter or margarine
  • broken-up pecans (or English walnuts)
  • chocolate chips

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Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition.  The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers.  Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition,, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues.  Visit Barbara’s an on-line health & wellness magazine, Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 13 grandchildren.    


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