Cherry pie is one of the most popular pies out there, contending with apple and blueberry for the top ranking. There’s something about its tart sweetness that makes you pucker up with delight before eating it.
It’s pretty easy to see why a traditionally prepared cherry pie is not really something that is going to be healthy for you. Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients from one of the most popular cherry pie recipes out there:
● An entire cup of granulated sugar.
● Four tablespoons of cornstarch.
● Crust made from all-purpose flour.
The sugar content alone is enough to send your body out of whack. Your blood sugar levels would soar, and you’d get that lethargic feeling that follows such a sugar rush. Not only that, but the excess sugar would just be converted to fat. Not fun!
The cornstarch is likely fully of GMOs which will cause further problems for the body, and the all-purpose flour is made from grains which can disrupt your digestion and boosts your carb count.
In contrast, my cherry pie contains no refined sugar, and leaves out anything containing corn or grains. It’s therefore gluten-free, but tastes so much like the “real thing” it’s surprising. Making food that actually helps you instead of hinders you, and that tastes the way cherry pie is supposed to taste is pretty amazing and staying healthy becomes fun instead of a chore.
Almond flour produces a pie crust that is just the right consistency for a cherry pie. We need something that’s dense enough to hold up to all of that cherry goodness, but that still tastes good and has the perfect texture. Cinnamon and honey infuse the crust with flavor that complements the cherry filling.
The filling itself uses arrowroot flour instead of the cornstarch found in a more traditional recipe. it does the same job of thickening up the filling while being easier to digest. Lemon zest brings out the tartness of the cherries and adds in a bit more flavor to bring this all together.
The beauty of this pie is that it’s easy enough to prepare, and you can get it going while you’re making dinner. Then it can bake while you’re eating dinner and will be ready when you are.
Now technically you could get ten servings out of this recipe, but you have to know your audience. It might be easier and smarter to cut it into 8 pieces or even six if you know that you’re going to want more substantial slices. A second pie may be in order if you’re feeding ten people.
This is definitely a crowd-pleaser, and makes a great dessert when entertaining friends and family.
- For the crust
- 4 cups almond flour
- 2 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- For the filling
- 4 cups frozen cherries
- 2 ½ tbsp arrowroot flour
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 ½ tsp lemon zest
- ½ cup honey
- For brushing
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- In a large bowl place the almond flour, salt, coconut oil and eggs. Mix well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the filling. Mix the arrowroot flour with 2 tbsp of water and set aside. Place the rest of ingredients in a pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add the arrowroot mixture, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes or until thicken. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide the dough into 2 balls. Press one ball into a greased 8-inch pie dish. Pierce the bottom of the crust all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven.
- Meanwhile, place the second ball of dough between two pieces of greased baking paper and using a rolling pin, roll out to a flatten 8 inch round. Chill it in a freezer for 30 minutes. Remove the crust from the freezer and using a small cookie cutter or pastry tips , cut holes all over the crust.
- Transfer the cherry filling to dough-lined dish. Place the crust on top of the pie and seal the edges. Brush top crust with almond milk and bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool at room temperature and serve.
I’m allergic to almonds. Is there something I can substitute for the Almond flour and milk?
Are you allergic to just almonds or other nuts too?
Are the cherries you use in the pie sweet cherries or sour (tart) cherries? I have 5 pounds frozen tart pie cherries. I can’t imagine that 1/2 cup of honey would be enough sweetener for tart pie cherries. thanks so much.
I did use sweet cherries, thanks for pointing that out.:) I think that ¾ -1 cup of honey would be enough to sweeten 4 cups of tart cherries.
When do you add the cinnamon & honey from the crust ingredients? You left them out of the directions. I assume it’s mixed into the crust.
That’s right! I mix all the crust ingredients together . Thanks for pointing that out.
Recommend specifying the use of organic cherries as non-organic cherries have typically been part of the “dirty dozen” group of veggies and fruits tested positive for harmful pesticide residue (reference Environmental Working Group data) in the past decade+ (at least in the US).