Types Of Cherries To Use
I prefer to use dark sweet cherries in my cherry pie filling because their sweetness means that I need less added sweetener and their color gives a beautiful color to the pie.
Sweet Rainier cherries could also be a good choice if they are available near you. However, I would blend them with a few dark sweet cherries for a more distinct red color in your final filling.
Tart cherries would also work for this filling. And some people really like tart cherry pie. Keep in mind that if using tart cherries, you will need to add additional sweeter to this filling, to suit your tastes.
Best Cherries To Use For Cherry Pie
If youre making cherry pie from scratch, its helpful to know which cherry variety works best. I usually choose a mix of rainier cherries and dark sweet cherries, but opted for all dark sweet cherries in the pictured pie. You can use all Rainier or all dark sweet. If using sour cherries, add a little more sugar as referenced in the recipe note below.
You can also use frozen halved or quartered cherries. Follow the recipe as written below and dont skip the reducing step on the stove.
How To Make Sugar Free Cherry Cheesecake
- 1In large bowl, mix first 4 ingredients until blended. Pour in pie shell. Layer Pie Filling on top of that. Chill for a couple hours. Serve with a dullop of cool whip.
- 2NOTE: If you want to make your own pie filling sugar free, just take a bag of frozen unsweetened fruit. Thaw thoroughly. Put in a saucepan with 1 Cup splenda and cook until syrupy. Add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and whisk until clear IF it needs thickened. Continue to add cornstarch if necessary but I don’t think you will.
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Servings: Makes 8 Slices
GREEN:6 SmartPoints if you use the sugar free canned cherry pie filling or 5 SmartPoints per slice if you use fresh cherries
BLUE: 6 SmartPoints if you use the sugar free canned cherry pie filling or 5 SmartPoints per slice if you use fresh cherries
PURPLE: 6 SmartPoints if you use the sugar free canned cherry pie filling or 5 SmartPoints per slice if you use fresh cherries
The key to making this Skinny Cherry Pie a lighter alternative, is using a light butter as a substitute for regular butter. The brand I love to bake and cook with is Land O Lakes light butter made with canola oil. It is 2 points per 1 Tbsp which is lower than most light butters. You can use a different brand of light butter if you prefer however- in order for the crust to turn out-it is important to use butter not margarine and ensure the light butter is very cold when adding it to the flour.
When making a pie crust the goal is to use just enough water to create a flour/water mix that will hold its shape-according to food science the water in a pie crust reates the steam that lifts the pastry and creates flakes. Too little liquid and the dough wont hold together, but add too much and youll end up with a rock-hard crust.
Also, adding ice cold water helps the fat remain cold and solid and the colder the fat when you put the pie into the oven, the greater the chance for a flakier crust.
Amount Of Cherry Pie Filing To Use
When making your filling, be sure to taste it before you add the tapioca starch. This will tell you if you need to add additional sweetener to get it where you like it.
Once made, the filling can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week before using it to make your pie.
When it is time to make a pie, I recommend taking your filling out of the refrigerator to let it come to room temperature before using it.
Cans of cherry pie filling are often 21 oz, but theyre mostly the sauce/jammy filler. To make a traditional 9 inch, double-crusted cherry pie, I would double the recipe below to be sure you have ample filling for your pie.
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Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe
Looking for a good Weight Watchers Cake can be tough. Using lower fat and lower sugar products is a must, but they often don’t taste great. This Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe is a perfect option you will love. It is easy, takes minimal ingredients, and low in points. For only 5 SmartPoints per serving, you have a decadent cake.
Homemade Cherry Pie Filling
Enter this homemade cherry pie filling recipe.
This filling takes 20 minutes to put together.
This cherry pie filling has no refined sugar. Im using maple syrup to sweeten the cherries, and just enough that the cherry flavor still shines through.
I was a bit nervous if the maple would come through too strong, but we didnt find that to be the case at all. In fact, the cherry flavor is so pronounced in this filling that we had a hard time picking out the maple flavor at all.
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Different Crusts Same Delicious Filling
The first time I made this cherry pie filling, I paired it with the tart crust from my Lemon Meringue Pie recipe and it worked really well. Then I made a chocolate crust to see how it would taste with it, and wouldnt you know it, it worked beautifully! You cant beat a cherry chocolate combo! Never ever. This filling would also be absolutely delicious with a graham cracker and shortbread crust )
Healthy Cherry Pie Overnight Oats
Delicious overnight oats, sweetened with no sugar added cherry pie filling!
Total calories and macros for this breakfast treat of overnight oats is 165 calories, 4 g protein, 27 g carbs, and 4 g fat.
Have you guys seen the No Sugar Added Cherry Pie Filling yet? Its only 30 calories for 1/3 cup!
I KNOW you can think of a million things to use this low calorie pie filling, but my first thing to add it to was overnight oats!
The perfect workout recovery food: Cherries and oatmeal! A match made in heaven!
What else should I make with the cherry pie filling?
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Zero Sugar Allergy Free Cherry Pie Filling
Get ready for yet another unbelievably delicious and easy recipe to add to your repertoire! I give you this Zero Sugar Allergy Free Cherry Pie Filling.
Oh ya, I went there 😀
Use this filling in pies and tarts, as a spread, and if youre feeling adventurous, as is straight out of the jar! Exciting stuff I know. So, lets get started!
Reducing The Cherry Juices On The Stove Takes Less Than 10 Minutes
After you combine the filling ingredients together, set it aside and roll out the pie dough for your pie dish. During this time, your filling is already working as the sugar pulls juices from the cherries. Normally I discard all this juice, but its where a lot of the cornstarch ends up and thats what helps thicken the filling in the oven.
Instead, use a slotted spoon to transfer the fruit into your crust, then pour the leftover juice into a small saucepan. Youll only have a few Tablespoons, but this juice is pure GOLD as it holds our thickening agent and a lot of flavor. Reduce on the stove over low heat for about 3-4 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then pour over the cherries and toss gently to combine.
Heres the filling in the mixing bowl. You can see all the juices at the bottom. Spoon cherries into the pie dough:
Reduce the excess juice on the stove until it has thickened:
Let it cool for a few minutes, then toss into the cherries. The sugars in the reduced juice will harden and youll notice this juice become almost caramelized and stringy once it hits those cold cherries. This is NORMAL and totally fine! The juice will melt down in the oven, but keep the filling thick.
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How Do I Make This Skinny Cherry Pie
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie dish with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar substitute, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture creates coarse crumbs.
Stir in ice cold water with fork until flour is moist.
Using your hands, work the dough into forming a large ball. . Do your best to not over-work the dough. Once the dough ball has been formed divide it in half making two smaller dough balls.
Gently flatten each dough ball half. Cover and wrap dough balls in plastic wrap refrigerate for 5 minutes. Remove one dough ball from fridge.
To roll dough lay a damp cloth onto a hard, flat countertop. Place a large piece of parchment paper over it. I learned that using a damp cloth will keep the parchment paper from sliding around.
Dust a pastry rolling pin with a little flour. Start rolling the dough from the center of the crust until you create a 9-inch circle.
Take the edges of the parchment paper pick up the dough along with the parchment paper and gently flip the crust into the pie dish.
Press firmly against bottom and sides of prepared pie dish. Crimp the edges all around.
Fill the pie crust with the no sugar added cherry pie filling or the cherry filling.
Roll out the remaining dough into a 12-inch round using the same method as before.
Drape it over the filling.
Fold the overhang under the bottom crust, pressing the edge to seal it, and crimp the edge.
Sugar Substitutes On Weight Watchers
I realize that not everyone likes to use the sugar substitutes found in the cake mix and soft drink. Yes, they can be bad for you and I personally limit them, but every person has to make the choice for their health. For some, it is better to make this choice over eating an entire full fat and sugar-laden cake. So, determine what is best for you, and make a choice that works in your diet plan.
Make this chocolate cherry cake recipe as a great cake mix upgrade that your entire family will love seeing you serve!
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Directions For Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray bundt pan or cake pan with non-stick spray
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix and coke zero until well blended.
Fold the no-sugar-added pie filling into the cake batter. Don’t over mix, just fold to incorporate.
Pour into pre-sprayed pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. .
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
While cooling, heat chocolate frosting in microwave for 30 seconds or until liquefied. Pour over the cake and spread until covered.
- 1 Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 Can Cherry Coke Zero
- 1 Can No Sugar Added Cherry Pie Filling
- ½ cup Chocolate Frosting
5 SmartPoints per serving
Weight Watchers Cake Ideas
This is a basic and simple chocolate cherry cake mix upgrade. I love that it is a great Weight Watchers cake idea, but mostly, that it is something simple I can have ingredients for on hand at all times. That means it is a perfect treat for after dinner that fits into your points! The best part of this recipe is you can make it with so many combinations of flavors!
- Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix + Diet Orange Soda and mandarin oranges
- Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix + Diet Lemon Lime Soda and no sugar added apple pie filling
- Sugar Free Chocolate Cake Mix + Diet Root Beer
The combinations above are some of our personal favorites that we are sure you will enjoy!
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Dont Forget The Extras
Fresh Or Frozen Cherries
I prefer to use fresh cherries in my cherry pie filling because fresh cherries hold up better to the simmering and give you more in-tact fruit in your final pie.
However, if you dont get fresh cherries where you are, frozen cherries will work just fine for this filling. If using frozen cherries, you will want to thaw them before making the filling. Any liquid that remains from the thawed cherries can be substituted in the recipe in place of the water that goes into the sauce.
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Warm Weather = Farmers Markets
Every year during the summer months, I look forward to the farmers markets. And now that my kids are older, they enjoy the same experience. Theres such a difference between shopping at a grocery store versus directly from your farmer and I definitely love the latter.
When I buy from farmers, Im getting the best freshest produce at a great price. Youre helping your local farmers continue to do their incredible work, and youre avoiding all those hands in the middle that dont need to be there.
On one of my trips to the market, I bought sweet cherries and knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. The kids were just as excited as I was to get started. My husband, not so much 🙂
My kitchen was filled with sweet tasty aromas!! All I kept thinking about was how long it was going to take before it cooled enough for me to try it. Trust me, this is a winner. I promise.
This deliciously easy to make filling is free from the following: