When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of : turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole and PIE! This year for Thanksgiving, I want to offer healthy desserts. My mom is on board with my idea. We have been chatting back and fourth, sharing thoughts and coming up with new recipes. Yesterday, I wanted to do a little trial on my cherry meringue pie recipe. I was excited how well it turned out. To be honest, this is maybe the 3rd pie I have ever made, in my entire life. My grandpa was the pie expert. We never had to worry about pies on thanksgiving. He always had it covered. With this pie recipe, you won’t have to feel guilty about going up for a second piece. There is no extra added sugar, or gobs of butter in this pie. It’s actually pretty healthy with important nutrients. I might just have to make this for Christmas too!

Ingredients for Pie Crust:

  • 8 Graham Crackers (Honey Maid Whole Grain)
  • 1/2 Large Banana (Extra Ripe)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Honey

You can either use a blender, mixer or food processor  To be honest, I was too lazy to use a processor. Mine is such a pain in the butt to clean. I crushed the graham crackers and banana lightly before mixing. I turned the mixer on medium speed and gradually mixed until ingredients were blended together. If the pie crust seems crumbly, add a couple more slices of banana.

The pie crust should feel like thick oatmeal cookie dough. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray. Flatten out the pie crust evenly at the bottom of the pan with your finger tips.

Make sure there are no holes in the pie crust.

Instead of going through all the trouble of pitting cherries and making my own filling, my laziness stepped it. I found a can of no sugar added pie filling.

I poured the pie filling onto the pie crust.

Preheat oven to 350

After spreading cherry filling out evenly, add pie to oven. 7-8 minutes.

Meringue Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Packets Truvia
  • 1 Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 6 Large Egg Whites
Add the egg whites to the mixer and beat on medium speed.  Once the egg whites start to foam up, add 1 tsp of cream of tartar. Keep mixing on medium speed until foamy peeks start to form. Slowly mix in Truvia packets while continuing to beat on medium speed.

Take the cherry pie out of oven. (make sure pie crust is firm) Turn oven up to 425 degrees.

Take a fork and whip your meringue into peeks. The peaks will turn brown in the oven, helping you determine whether it’s done. The peeks also give it a decorative look.

The meringue should be done after 5 minutes in the 425 degree oven.

(Make 8 Slices)

Nutrition Per Slice: 145 Calories, 1.6g Fat, 25g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 11g Sugar, 5g Protein