Take a Bite Out of These Healthy Pie Alternatives
Whether it’s savory or sweet, who doesn’t love pie?
Fruit pies can taste delectably sweet, but a slice can contain around 400 calories and 20 grams of fat. In addition, some pre-made pies contain copious amounts of unhealthy fats and empty calories.
Whether you’re looking for a tasty dinner or sweet dessert alternative, we’ve got some easy recipes to put a twist on your favorite pie flavors. Trade a pie pan for a jar with overnight oats or transform your heartiest pies into a tasty slow cooker soup.
Looking for other healthy recipe alternatives? Try some of these:
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- 1 cup instant oats
- 1 cup low-fat milk or milk substitute
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup pitted cherries, quartered
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. honey
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
Cherry Pie Overnight Oats
1. Add all the ingredients evenly into two sealable containers, such as mason jars.
2. Stir and set in refrigerator overnight.
3. Serve warm or cold the next day. Makes two servings. Enjoy!
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 1/2 celery stalks, diced
- 4 cups chicken broth or stock (low-sodium)
- 3 cups fat-free milk
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 (16 oz.) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 1 (12 oz.) can of Golden Layers Flaky Biscuits, optional
Healthier Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
1. Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Top the chicken with the onion and celery.
2. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, milk, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper and whisk until mixed well. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours.
4. About 30 minutes before serving, remove the chicken from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon and shred with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir in the vegetables and parsley. Cook for an additional 30 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!
5. Optional: Prepare the pre-made biscuits or make your own homemade biscuits to serve with this soup. Use directions on package.
- 1 cup pecans (or walnuts)
- 1 cup dried unsweetened apple rings
- ¾ cup packed dates, pitted
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. ginger
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
Apple Pie Energy Bites
1. Soak pitted dates in hot water for about 10 minutes. This will help the energy balls stick together. If your dates are really fresh, you will be able to skip this step.
2. Break the pecans down in a food processor.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
4. Roll into balls.
5. Store in the refrigerator in a seal-tight container. Will last in the refrigerator for about 1 week. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup honey or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
- Walnut garnish (optional)
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
1. In a medium bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, almond milk, pumpkin puree, honey and extract until well combined.
2. Stir in oats, chia seeds and spices.
3. Pour into a glass jar or container and place in fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Makes 2 servings. Enjoy!
- 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef and ground turkey combination
- 1 tsp. oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 10 oz. frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, peas, green beans, baby lima beans)
- 2 tbsp. flour (or use gluten-free flour)
- 1 cup fat free beef broth
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. freshly chopped rosemary leaves
- 1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme leaves
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes (find recipe here)
A Healthier Shepherd's Pie
1. Make cauliflower white bean mashed potatoes.
2. In a large saute pan brown meat over medium high heat, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper to taste.
3. When cooked, set aside on a plate.
4. Add the oil, onion, garlic and celery and sauté on medium heat about 6 to 8 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
5. Add the flour, frozen vegetables, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, cooked meat and mix well. Simmer on low about 8-10 minutes.
6. Spread the meat on the bottom of casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with paprika.
7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, then place under the broiler 1 to 2 minutes until the potatoes turn golden.
8. Remove from oven and let it cool 5 minutes before serving.